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 [...]
We all know that Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play is being billed as a revolution for Android gaming, finally moving controls away from the touchscreen to a pretty close approximation of a console controller. The advertising campaign behind the smartphone would have you believe that these new controls are key to delivering the kind of experience that would draw gamers away from the likes of the DS and PSP and really solidify smartphones as the future of mobile gaming. Looking at some of the sales figures for Play-exclusive titles, though, it seems like the smartphone may not be living [...]
After showing us its new bootloader unlocking service, we were left impressed by Sony Ericsson’s support of the developer community. Now it is supplementing the bootloader unlock by releasing a guide to creating a custom kernel, an ability exposed by the unlocked bootloader.
Once again there are clear warnings present – bootloader unlocking may void warranty, and is not revertible to a locked/original state. Sony Ericsson’s guide walks the budding developer through downloading all necessary software and installing it to configure the development environment. [...]
May 12 is the day to watch for and circle in your Calendar if the information acquired by Droid-life is accurate. Apparently, Motorola Droid X^2, LG Revolution and HTC Trophy will all see the light of day next Tuesday while you’ll have to wait for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play some three more weeks.
Both the HTC Trophy and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play have been listed online at Verizon and the catalog now also features the LG Revolution. All of these display a “coming soon” tag. The Motorola Droid X Squared is yet to appear online.
So here are the [...]
Following the source link below you’ll get to a Verizon page with smartphones where you can click on the HTC Trophy to find out that it’s coming soon. Same is valid for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
If after reading that Verizon employees are allegedly getting special Windows Phone 7 and HTC Trophy training you still have your doubts — legitimately — then this might be half way to confirmation as the CDMA Trophy was just listed on Big Red’s website. If you’re more of an Android person who likes to play then the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is [...]
Some people say that good things come in threes, and that certainly seems to be the case here, with news arriving of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc, Play, and Neo successfully being rooted.
You’re going to need your bootloader unlock code for the process, which you can now retrieve for qualifying phones using Sony Ericsson’s website tool (you’ll need a phone that’s not SIM-locked to a carrier, and be willing to relinquish warranty coverage as a result of your tinkering). Once you’ve got the bootloader open, you can re-flash your Xperia with one of [...]
Late last month Sony Ericsson made an announcement that it would be opening up it’s bootloaders on the current lineup of Xperia smartphones. The day has arrived, and the bootloader unlocking site is now live.
Bootloader unlocking is provided for Sony Ericsson Android smartphones from 2011 onwards, while previously released models are not (yet?) supported. The current compatibility list requires a SIM-unlocked smartphone and includes the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, Xperia Arc, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Neo. The unlock comes with a bevy of warnings that are somewhat vague such [...]
A little earlier today we were musing over the reliability of the Verizon roadmap we saw leak last week, noting how the Samsung Droid Charge should have been out yesterday, were it accurate. As if right on cue, a new document has leaked, showing revised dates for the Charge, as well as the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and the HTC Incredible 2.
The new Charge date makes sense, moving back a week from yesterday to April 14. As accessories often pop up just in advance of a smartphone’s retail sales, the appearance of Charge gear today fits with this [...]
System Dump of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is available to download and tamper with if you are a developer or a ROM chef — or just a curious user — with all the goodies that the gaming Android smartphone has to offer.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, dubbed Zeus, was launched at this year’s MWC and it ships with a couple of pre-installed games, depending on the region you bought your smartphone in. Additionally, Sony Ericsson will offer 60+ games to download for all you Android-thumb donors getting your game on. Follow the source link to download and take a [...]
After the strange to say the least Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Donor Ad and the Kristen Schaal series of commercials, the manufacturer came out with a great ad featuring the gaming capabilities of the Zeus.
So what happens when you have an Xperia Play and you are bored waiting for the bus? You get to play and real-life remote control a muscle car. Of course, this is all due to the fact that Sony Ericsson wants to emphasize on real-life gaming experience. And, naturally, it all happens (thankfully) only in the ad. Check it out below!
Sony Ericsson has got quite a remarkable line-up this year with its Android smartphones, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro.
The manufacturer has published a cornucopia of training and support videos for the Play, Arc and Neo, which are basically video tutorials for your learning and viewing pleasure. They give a walkthrough of the features as well as demonstrate how to use the smartphones and some of their specific and unique features. Check the out below!
Source: YouTubeVia: Xperia Blog (1),(2)
The CDMA version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play we recently reviewed has just passed FCC on its way to Verizon and should get there, according to the leaked roadmap, in approximately two weeks, that is April 14 to be more specific, if nothing changes.
Nothing really out of the ordinary here with the still “Zeus” codenamed smartphone. The bands are your typical CDMA 824MHz – 849MHz and 1850MHz 1910MHz. The FCC page also has a link for the smartphone’s manual and there are a couple of internal photos of the handset which FCC tore down where you can [...]
We’ve seen the pros and cons of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play but those slide-out gaming controls aren’ worth much if there is no content to take advantage of them. Well, the manufacturer seems to take care of that as Sony Ericsson announced that the smartphone will be launched with more than 60 games.
As the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone, the Xperia Play will be able to play Playstation titles. The device is already available in several regions with more being added in the next couple of weeks with more than 60 games from software giants like [...]
Looks like Verizon’s future short term roadmap has been leaked and it contains orientative dates, subject to change, of the upcoming devices the carrier has in store for April and May.
According to the table attached, April 7 is the date to watch for Samsung’s 4G LTE device, called the Droid Charge, with its 4.3-inch display and4G LTE compatibility. Same day the Casio Commando (image) should hit too, a rugged Android device a la Motorola Defy. A week after, on April 14, it’s time for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play which we knew to expect on the [...]
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is hitting AT&T alongside Verizon — we’ve already seen model number R800at pop up in a few places — and now some shots from that device have been uploaded to Picasa with a very clear reference to AT&T in some of the frames. About half of the images from a recent testing session feature the photographer’s own computer monitor running diagnostic software, with the particular file being viewed titled “Interaction%20ATT.mht.” Since these testers almost always have [...]
Sony Ericsson has just made a smart move which will make many happy and even draw some more customers to its smartphone brand as the company announced today that it will be opening up the bootloader on its current, 2011 Xperia smartphone line-up.
This is to facilitate advanced users to “unlock the bootloader in a secure and legal way” and the feature will come to certain models starting this spring. The new smartphones for this year, the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Play and Xperia Pro will have to fulfill certain requirements in order for the bootloader to be [...]
Ever since the XPERIA Play emerged, the device gained immediate fame in the smartphone and gaming communities alike. Combining the versatility of an Android with the gaming capabilities of a PlayStation has produced one of the most, if not the most, anticipated smartphones being released in 2011. With all the hype surrounding the XPERIA Play, some may wonder is the buzz truly merited? Read on for our full review of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play, the first PlayStation Certified smartphone!
Here is the unboxing of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play. The device [...]
Sony Ericsson has tapped comedian Kristen Schaal, as seen on The Daily Show and HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, to star in a series of videos advertising the upcoming Xperia Play. While she touches on some of the more serious uses for Android devices, the main message of the ads is that the Play is the phone to get for frantic, action-filled gaming.
Though more humorous than informative, the ads do touch on some key benefits of the Play, like the ability for you to control a game without your thumbs covering up a third of the screen. Speaking of which, you won’t find [...]
According to a Verizon Sony Ericsson product manager, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play should make its way to the carrier’s portfolio of smartphones around the middle of next month.
The information was handed out at a Verizon pre CTIA party along with bits implying that the smartphone could be ditching its TimeScape UI and maybe ship with Madden 11 game instead of FIFA 10. All this is to be filed, at the moment, under the “R” category but we know that Verizon is prepping the device since the beginning of February when Wirefly has posted a comparison chart clearly [...]
Vodafone, one of the premier carriers in the UK has opened pre-orders for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc devices today. Availability is expected on April 1st, with a free Deckstand included with the Xperia Play pre-order.
Both devices come with Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread build, and are available free with a 2 year contract. The Xperia Arc requires a minimum £30 per month contract for the free device while the Xperia Play requires a minimum £35 per month contract.
The Xperia Arc is one of the thinnest phones available, measuring 8.7mm at it’s [...]
Following a leaked commercial for the Xperia Play showing the Android mascot undergoing surgery to add stitched-on thumbs, Sony Ericsson has uploaded another advertisement. This one is titled “The Donor” which explains how the Android robot got its thumbs.
The series of commercials are a play on the new PlayStation-style gaming controls featured on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The advertisements are set in a very gritty backdrop and seem as though they would “creep out” the target audience (kids/young adults)
The phone is the first [...]
Sony Ericsson has made an exceptional come-back with some fantastic devices already announced this year: the Xperia Arc at CES and the Xperia Play, Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro at MWC. The company doesn’t seem to stop here as it allegedly plans on dominating the US market this year.
This domination would be achieved with the aid of not only these four, but an additional five, for a total of nine Sony Ericsson Android Smartphones, all this year. The information comes from an anonymous person “quite familiar with the inner workings of Sony Ericsson” who spoke to [...]
We got off to a good start with FCC docs earlier today, but now the floodgates have really opened: there are filings available on the Samsung Galaxy Gio, the LG enV Pro, and the eagerly-anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.
The Galaxy Gio is a mid-range Android with a 3.2-inch HVGA display, first announced by Samsung at the end of January. It speaks UTMS V for compatibility with AT&T, Bell, and Rogers 3G networks. We weren’t anticipating the phone arriving in North America anytime soon, but it should be well-equipped for it if and when it does.