Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY

XPERIA Play and Arc Android 2.3.3 update released with Facebook Inside [Video]

Sony Ericsson has begun pushing out its Android 2.3.3 update the the XPERIA Arc and XPERIA Play. The update includes the new Facebook Inside XPERIA functionality which Sony Ericsson debuted on the XPERIA min and mini pro. That inserts deeper Facebook integration through the various preloaded apps, including the ability to "Like" the track you're currently listening to in the media player, share updates more quickly, and pull Facebook events down into the phone's calendar. There's also various other bugfixes and the like, along with Google's own minor improvements in 2.3.3. It's rolling out progressively across markets - no word on which is first at this stage - so don't be surprised if the update doesn't show up on your phone quite yet. Sony Ericsson has also confirmed that the Gingerbread update for the XPERIA X10 will include Facebook Inside XPERIA too.
  • Battery performance
  • General software stability
  • Wi-Fi stability
  • HD Video recording performance (Xperia arc)
  • Touch responsiveness
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Raving Babies for Xperia PLAY Review

Oh my goodness what kind of a weird game is this? It's called Raving Babies, a game out exclusively on Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY being released on Verizon Wireless. The gameplay is simple enough - walk sideways and shoot your gun, defeating the enemies. Just like Ninja Turtles, Simpsons, NARC, and every other game from the 1990s. The difference here is that you've got it on your little screen and you're playing it with an Xperia PlayStation controller. Also the objective is to placate a bunch of hostile babies with your pacifier gun so that you can scoop them up and let them know how bad they've been with a time out!

Xperia PLAY Comes with Screen Skin Protector Attached

So you're sitting there taking a look at your brand new Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY from Verizon and you notice something strange. Something feels a little - off. You think, what could it be? Could this device be broken somehow, am I just losing my mind? No, wait, what's that, is there an extra layer over the screen here that I forgot to take off? No way, man, can't be. But sure as heck it is, a protective plastic sheet attached to the screen, not the same as the rest of the standard packaging safeguards, but one that's meant to stay on for life.

Gun Bros for Xperia PLAY App Review

We're about to go through a big fat marathon of reviews of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY's device-specific games here and we've decided to start with one that's been out for a few months but seems custom-tailored to be played with the knobs this device offers. Where before we were stuck with placing thumbs on the screen to control the two virtual joysticks this game requires, we're now allowed to use the two much more responsive (mostly due to placement) joysticks provided by PlayStation. Is it enough to make us want to move to Xperia PLAY to continue our game?

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Hands-On and Unboxing [Verizon]

Well what do you know? We got a PlayStation phone in the mail! This device is one of Verizon's newest handsets, it being produced by Sony Ericsson and of course it being the very first and only PlayStation Certified smartphone in the world. It's running Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread, connects to data via Verizon's 3G network, and it comes in a rather unexciting box. It'll sell itself, I swear! Inside the device you'll find more than just guts, you'll find a perfectly usable set of PlayStation controls including flat joysticks, directional pad, and four PlayStation buttons. There's also a start button, a select button, and an extra Android menu button so you don't have to reach all the way up to the side of the display. Left and Right buttons are up top (behind the display when open) and a volume dongle sits in the middle. Lets get our hands on it and see how it goes!

Xperia PLAY only $99 at Amazon [CHEEP!]

Oh my goodness Amazon, you are the king of deals. This device, the PlayStation phone, aka the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, is listed at $599.99, but can be yours for a mere $149.99 if you're upgrading your existing Verizon account, or just $99.99 if you're signing up for a new 2-year contract. Does that sound like a pretty good and deep and fabulous discount to you? Only thing that's negative here is that the device is back-ordered, which means you'll be waiting 8 or 9 days before it'll be shipped.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, and Arc getting Android 2.3.3 next week, Facebook included

From the looks of things the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc are both set to be receiving the latest and greatest in Android and that is 2.3.3. They mention not only will many bug fixes be included, but what they are calling "Facebook inside Xperia" will be included as well. We are not sure what markets that have the Xperia Play will be getting the update, or if all will be getting it. The Xperia Play was originally considered Google's Gingerbread HERO phone, but the Nexus S is what got first dibs on Gingerbread instead.

XPERIA Play heist was fake confesses Vodafone New Zealand

Vodafone New Zealand has admitted that it faked the entire "stolen XPERIA Play shipment" story, now confirmed to be a promotional campaign designed to mark the launch of the Sony Ericsson gaming smartphone. Doubts arose after Vodafone released "security camera footage" of the theft, which failed to convince viewers. Company spokesperson Matthew East confirmed to The Australian that the announcement had, in fact, been a marketing stunt rather than a legitimate crime. It's unclear when, exactly, the phone will launch. Would-be XPERIA Play owners in New Zealand can find out more about the carrier's competition here. The rest of us can sleep easily in our beds tonight, knowing that there aren't rogue Sony Ericsson handsets roaming the streets, flaunting their illicit IMEIs and generally being rowdy. [via Engadget]
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