The next version of Android, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, is going to be released sometime October/November, according to Google’s own Eric Schmidt. Then it will be up to OEMs to issue updates for their existing phones (taking longer for some while the others acting faster).
According to a Sony Ericsson representative, all of the manufacturer’s 2011 Xperia phones in this year’s line-up will be updated to Android Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s a lot of phones: Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Pro, Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V, and Xperia Ray. There [...]
Watch this week’s Android Revolution as we go through what’s hot and what’s not in the world of Google’s Android project. This week we discuss the recent teaser of a Samsung event in Berlin on September 1st and we also breeze through all the leaks of the week, which by the way include information on the Google Nexus Prime and how it may bring a 720p resolution screen to the market. We go through all the all the Andriod Smartphone releases for the week and all the software updates you definitely must look out for. In the Dark Side we go through the HTC Evo 3D [...]
Back in January when Sony Ericsson launched the Xperia Arc, the phone was officially announced in two color flavors: Midnight Blue and Misty Silver. If you take a look at the image above you’ll see that the Xperia Arc is also available in white. The image was taken at an Xperia Ray launch conference in Asia and it’s not quite certain whether we’re looking at a white version of the Xperia Arc or the Arc’s rumored refresh.
On the same note, an orange-flavored Xperia Play has been pictured as you can see in the image below. The image was taken at the ongoing [...]
Since February, we’ve been hearing about the effort to bring indie gaming breakout hit Minecraft to smartphones. In May, we learned that the port would launch as an exclusive title for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and after a period of exclusivity, be available on additional Androids. If you have a Play, though, your chance to start building has arrived, with Mojang announcing the app’s release today for about $7.
Mojang hasn’t released an exhaustive list of what features are and aren’t present, but from the sound of things it’s had to make some [...]
With the release of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Sony started selling some stand-alone PlayStation games for use with the new smartphone. These titles include an emulator alongside the game image, all ready to run. Now the format Sony uses has been reverse engineered, letting you re-package the official PlayStation emulator with the ISO image of your choice.
Developer Yifan Lu debugged the emulator from an official Xperia Play title to see how it was loading its files. After figuring out how the app was expecting to see ISO data formatted, he was able to patch it to read clear [...]
Sony Ericsson’s release of unlockable bootloaders for its Xperia Androids, along with the website to generate unlock codes, is a fantastic resource for SE users who are interested in tinkering with their smartphones, experimenting with custom ROMs. One slight hitch with the service comes up when trying to unlock a CDMA phone. While you can unlock the GSM Xperia Play without issue, the Verizon edition has been thus far unlockable. We don’t know if there will ever be an official solution, but it looks like an independent hack may be right around the corner, enabling you to [...]
A few of Sony Ericsson’s newest devices are queued up to get CyanogenMod Custom ROM. Thanks to recent code submitted by Diogo Ferreira, the bits needed to bring my favorite custom ROM to three smartphones in the Xperia family:
– Xperia Play: r.cyanogenmod.com/#change,7126– Xperia Neo: r.cyanogenmod.com/#change,7128– Xperia Arc: r.cyanogenmod.com/#change,7127
Currently the code to add these phones to the CyanogenMod family is awaiting approval to be merged into the CyanogenMod repository. Once that’s done we can expect nightly builds to [...]
Not even two whole months after the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has been available on Verizon and the carrier is already heavily discounting the phone. The price drop is due to Verizon’s back to school promo and it cuts the phone’s price tag by 50 percent.
You’ll still have to sign a two-year contract but the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will now cost only $99.99. While “back to school” with a heavy gaming smartphone might not be the best idea, the Xperia Play is also coming to AT&T, which alone could be a good reason for Verizon to cut down on its [...]
We’ve already seen the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play which was announced at this year’s MWC in Barcelona, it’s already on several carriers in Europe as well as unlocked but it’s coming soon to AT&T, almost two months after Verizon.
As with any other Xperia Play, the AT&T variant sports a 1GHz Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, 1GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, four-inch display and it is capable of 4G HSPA+ speeds. It will ship with several game titles on board (like The Sims, Dungeon Defender, NOVA 2, all optimized for the device) in order to deliver the [...]
AT&T has a small press event this afternoon, and the company’s online press room has already posted images of the devices which presumably will be announced: the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and HP TouchPad. We’ve known for some time that Play would be hitting AT&T as the R800at (not in blue, though!), but the appearance of the TouchPad is somewhat of a surprise.
Currently Verizon is the only US carrier to offer the Play, which is a gaming-oriented handset that has been dubbed the PlayStation Phone. While Play doesn’t seem to have been the overwhelming [...]
Sony Ericsson has a rather successful Android phone line-up with the MWC-launched Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro. According to sources, the manufacturer is already testing a platform update for the above mentioned devices.
The update would contain Google’s newest Android mobile platform, Gingerbread version 2.3.4. In addition to the fresh OS files Sony Ericsson would also include a couple of new functionalities along with the Sony audio filter technology xLOUD. SEMC Blog’s source also claims that, while this update will be available for the [...]
So, you’ve got your new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, you dig finally being able to control a game without your fingers blocking the screen, but you’re craving more of a selection of Android games enhanced for the Play’s hardware? You’re in luck, because Sony Ericsson just revealed a list of ten games that will be Xperia Play exclusives, and another dozen that will be new to the Play, presumably adapted to support the smartphone’s controller.
While we knew about some of these apps already, like the portable version of Minecraft, others are new to us. [...]
We could file this under “fake” right from the start but maybe, just maybe, we can give it the benefit of the doubt. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, unlike the Xperia Arc with which was launched together at MWC, does not feature a HDMI port which was rather strange for a dedicated gaming handset.
According to the image attached, there’s allegedly an Xperia Play hooked up to a TV via a cable. The cable could be a mini HDMI cable or a microUSB to HDMI, or might as well be a fake. Is Sony Ericsson working on an improved Xperia Play? Does the Xperia Play already [...]
We’ve looked at Dropbox before, a multi-platform cloud storage app that gives you a free 2GB storage locker you can access from your home PC, work PC, and any number of mobile devices. The company just announced a new deal with Sony Ericsson, setting the app up to be pre-loaded on some of the company’s phones, as well as an offer that will let some users get extra free storage.
Now that Dropbox has extended language support, the company is looking to get a foothold in the new markets it now has access to. That means that this Sony Ericsson partnership is targeted at [...]
Sony Ericsson’s announcement that it would start offering a service to unlock the bootloaders on certain Xperia models came as great news. While there are a lot of restrictions for what devices qualify, it’s a huge step towards opening up the company’s hardware for Android enthusiasts. One thing that wasn’t clear at the time would be how the unlocked bootloader would affect normal software updates. Sony Ericsson has since confirmed that once you unlock your bootloader, you’ll no longer be able to update through its SEUS tool.
Earlier, the company [...]
We mentioned earlier today that Sony Ericsson had started sending out an Android 2.3.3 update to Xperia Arc smartphones in Europe. It turns out the Arc isn’t alone, with Xperia Play also on-track to get its own 2.3.3 update, starting this week. Sony Ericsson announced both updates while revealing just what Android 2.3.3 has in store for the Xperias, including the new Facebook inside Xperia integration.
The Arc will see improved HD video recording once it takes its update, and improvements like better battery management, system-wide stability improvements, and more reliable [...]
Sony Ericsson has started to roll out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update to the Xperia Arc in Europe yesterday — at least according to reports coming in from Italy and the U.K. — and it looks like they will have to wait at least four months for the next platform refresh.
Sony Ericsson Italy allegedly handed out information according to which the Xperia line-up will get its Android 2.3.4 update in October. The new version of the platform will bring features like video chat in Google Talk, an updated Voice Search, the latest version of Google Books and more. [...]
The stormy waters of Android fragmentation are being churned up yet again, with the recent ability to bypass certain checks for games designed only to run on specific hardware. This isn’t long after we saw the eagerly-awaited streaming Netflix app made to run on Android smartphones outside the short list of approved models. Users just don’t want artificial restrictions tying apps to hardware, and so far have been very resourceful in getting around them. The latest title to be announced as an exclusive, one that will certainly stir up interest in getting it running on a [...]
When Verizon announced that sales of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play were finally about to begin, it said that it would start accepting pre-orders today and have the smartphone in stores starting May 26. Customers who got a pre-order in were told that their phones would ship by May 25 at the latest. While that’s nice to know, it looks like Verizon neglected to mention the more interesting side of that coin: when Xperia Play pre-orders would ship at the earliest. Believe it or not, there’s a chance that if you got your pre-order in early enough it may have already shipped out, [...]
Just as we were told a couple of days ago by Verizon itself, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is available for pre-orders as of today from the carrier with the page already going live.
If you follow the source link you can pre-order your Sony Ericsson Xperia Play slide-out gaming Android smartphone and, according to the badge, it will ship by May 25 — that’s one day before the smartphone hits the shelves on May 26. Price is $199.99 with a two-year contract or $449.99 without commitment.
The Xperia Play features a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU with Adreno 205 GPU, a [...]
It’s not every day that we get to cover stories like this one. As otrageous as it might sound, the New Zealand Sony Ericsson Xperia Play launch has been delayed due to a major security breach that left the carrier without smartphones.
According to a recent Vodafone New Zealand tweet, the shipment of Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphones has been stolen. With no devices to launch, the carrier is delaying the launch event. There’s no information on how many devices were stolen — wish we knew the logistic information — or when will the new shipment arrive [...]
Yesterday, we got tipped-off that Verizon would start sales of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in the US on May 26. Today, the carrier has issued a statement confirming that leak, as well as announcing that pre-orders for the gaming-centric Android will start on May 19.
Gamers will find their Verizon Xperia Plays come loaded with a nice selection of titles to get them started, including Madden NFL 11, The Sims 3, and the original PlayStation version of Crash Bandicoot. Sony Ericsson has said that over sixty Play-enhanced titles – those taking advantage of its control scheme [...]
Earlier this month, we saw a leaked lineup of release date for upcoming Androids on Verizon. Among the included smartphone models, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (the “PlayStation phone”) was tagged for a May 26 debut. So far, dates from that leak that have already passed turned out to be incorrect, so we were understandably beginning to doubt the accuracy of this Xperia Play rumor. Now it looks like we can confirm that planned release date, thanks to a tipster who sent us this internal Verizon retail screenshot, again naming May 26 as the launch date for the Xperia [...]