Posts tagged with: Xperia Play

[Full Xperia Play Review] Officially announced by Sony Ericsson at MWC 2011, the Xperia Play is the first ever PlayStation certified smartphone. Inside the Xperia play is a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of ROM. It features a four-inch color transflective TFT display with a 480x854 FWVGA resolution and a five-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. The Xperia Play is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Sony Ericsson's Timescape UI. Making the Xperia Play unique is its landscape style slideout gaming controls. Read on for the latest Xperia Play news, reviews and videos:

  • by | June 4, 2013 7:11 AM

    It seems like a long ago, but it was only February 2011 when Sony unveiled its "PlayStation Phone", calling it the Xperia Play. Sony had made smartphones before. It had also made gaming consoles and handheld entertainment devices. What no one had done was marry an entertainment system into a cutting edge smartphone. The market potential was huge, and Sony knew it. Not only did Sony release the Xperia Play, it also introduced the PlayStation Certified program which would let other manufacturers build devices worthy of the PlayStation name and enable them to play PlayStation Mobile games. ...

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  • by | June 19, 2012 2:59 AM

    The Sony Xperia Play ICS story is a sad one not only if you are one of the owners. Everyone was expecting the gaming phone to receive its Android 4.0 update alongside the other 2011 Xperia Models but later on the manufacturer dropped the bomb that there will indeed be no official ICS refresh for the PlayStation phone. However, an Ice Cream Sandwich firmware popped up, certified, over at PTCRB. Does this mean that Sony changed its mind and will indeed push out the refresh? Possible, but unlikely, after such a vehement denial. However, one thing to note is that the firmware was probably ...

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  • by | May 25, 2012 4:15 PM

    Sony Mobile has apparently finalized its list of Android handsets due to receive an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, and unfortunately for Xperia PLAY owners, their phones will not see an official upgrade path. The reason? Testing revealed that PLAY couldn't deliver a competent gaming experience when running an ICS build. There are definitely grounds to take issue with this explanation, with the most obvious being: why is another PlayStation Certified handset with nearly identical specs, the arc, still apparently upgrade-ready, while the PLAY is not? Either arc owners have a lousy gaming ...

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  • by | May 25, 2012 12:10 PM

    Yesterday, we learned about a new list Sony had made available to inform its user base about upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich updates for its Android lineup. Surprisingly, though, the Xperia Play was absent from that group, raising some new questions about Sony's commitment to delivering ICS to the phone. After all, following the release of beta ICS ROMs for the Play, it seemed like Sony was very much interested in seeing the phone make the journey to Android 4.0, so we didn't know if this was just an innocent oversight, or if the company had really changed its mind about the Play. Today we get ...

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  • by | May 24, 2012 11:00 AM

    Back when we were first hearing from Android manufacturers about their plans to deliver Ice Cream Sandwich updates to previously-released smartphones, there was understandably a bit of confusion over just which models would and wouldn't be making the trip to Android 4.0. By and large, though, those inconsistencies have smoothed themselves out in the months that have followed, and we've seen some pretty comprehensive lists from both manufacturers and carriers concerning precisely which phone will be seeing updates. That's what makes it so surprising at this point in time to hear suggestions ...

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  • by | April 30, 2012 7:02 PM

    Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Sony's Xperia Play, or at least one day it will. In the meantime, Sony's made a beta version of the phone's ICS ROM available, but Play owners continue to await the release of the finished version of the update. Before that happens, the Android has at least one more maintenance update headed its way, but luckily it's one with a few changes that actually sound useful. The Play gets an Android update with this release, but only to Gingerbread 2.3.4. We're more interested, though, with some of the other software tweaks that Sony's prepared for this release. ...

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  • by | April 3, 2012 2:57 AM

    There was quite a debate regarding Sony's Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Xperia 2011 line-up, especially that the manufacturer initially told its customers that the 2011 phones pack 512MB of RAM and a slower processor, specs below those "recommended" to run Ice Cream Sandwich. In a recent blog post, Sony goes on about the differences between Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, trying to get its customers informed. "We are actually proud to say that our Gingerbread software is very stable and has great performance, so it's not a bad idea to stay on this release. Ice Cream Sandwich is ...

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  • by | March 30, 2012 3:53 AM

    Sony is interested in user feedback after posting an initial beta Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Sony (Ericsson, back then) Xperia Play. They're especially interested in how well all those games are working with the new Android platform. If you have an unlocked Xperia Play phone and want to give the manufacturer (and the community) a helping hand, you might want to try out the firmware (if you're into that). For more details and installation instructions, follow the source link below where you will also find information on how to send feedback regarding games and their operation on Ice ...

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  • by | March 12, 2012 9:49 AM

    It is not clear whether AT&T is using the rather old Xperia Play to sell its new Tablet P -- which just recently landed on its line-up -- or is trying to get rid of the old PlayStation phone by using the new tablet. However, the package including both the phone and the tablet goes for $299.99 and saves you $100.99 should you consider it, plus signing a new contract. Should you care for the tablet only, you can grab it starting from $399.99 and you'll get a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, five-megapixel main camera with VGA front-facer, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb (with Ice Cream Sandwich update ...

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  • by | February 15, 2012 12:40 AM

    This time last year, Sony (then Sony Ericsson) officially brought PlayStation to Android with the introduction of the gaming-focused Xperia Play. As the so-called "PlayStation phone", the Play has access to enhanced games optimized for the platform. More recently, Sony's discussed broader plans for gaming on Android, with the announcement of its PlayStation Suite. Alongside Sony-made handsets like the Play, the company will assign handsets produced by other manufacturers the PlayStation Certified designation, affirming device compatibility and performance while granting access to Sony's ...

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  • by | January 9, 2012 11:01 AM

    Sony was one of the early manufacturers to commit to bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to their recent smartphones. They even released some early alpha versions of the OS for a few of their phones back in December 2011. Since then things have been fairly quite, leading some to wonder if progress was being made -- or if work on the ROMs had been abandoned. It seems the latter may be the answer to that question. A recognized XDA Developer has reportedly gotten his hands on a leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Xperia Play and has released it for those brave enough to give it a try. ...

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  • by | December 24, 2011 1:53 AM

    According to the PTCRB site, a brand new firmware is listed as of December 20 with software version number 4.0.2.A.0.62. No, this is not the Ice Cream Sandwich update as the manufacturer was kind enough to let the world know we should expect it between March and May of next year. If you have a Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, arc S, neo, neo V and PLAY, you might want to keep an eye out for the new firmware. According to the Unofficial Sony Ericsson Blog, you shouldn't expect any new features but a couple of bugfixes. The firmware itself is "mainly targeted to MENA (Middle East North Africa)". ...

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  • by | December 21, 2011 9:25 AM

    Ever since Sony Ericsson officially stated that all of its 2011 Xperia smartphones will be updated to the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich, there were speculations regarding the actual roll-out date. If earlier the company told us the steps necessary to bring the new platform to the phones, now we have official roll-out dates. End of March - beginning of May 2012 is the timeframe to watch for if you have a phone which is in the 2011 Xperia line-up. The first ones to get ICS in March/April will be the Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray. Then, in April/May, the refresh will be pushed ...

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  • by | December 13, 2011 10:26 AM

    After the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play first brought its console-style gaming controls to the US on Verizon, AT&T picked up the GSM version of the smartphone and released it as the Xperia Play 4G. If HSPA+ doesn't have you excited, an even higher-speed model could be arriving soon, at least according to the rumors about an LTE-equipped Xperia Play for Verizon. Our first mention of the phone comes courtesy of what's apparently a retailer email leak, mentioning training for the Xperia Play 4G. While the leak itself doesn't mention Verizon nor LTE, Android Central, which received the screenshot, ...

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  • by | December 8, 2011 3:38 AM

    Sony Ericsson made its customers very happy once the company announced that it will bring all of its handsets in the 2011 Xperia-line to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich party. There were rumors of a January release and then those implying March but the thing is the update process is not that easy we'd like it to be. In order to get the latest version of Android on the handsets out in user hands, Sony Ericsson has to go through a couple of steps necessary. They were kind enough to outline the process which you might find long but the posting says that the "summary of all the activities and ...

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