Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY

Xperia Play Wallpapers, Tetris, Office Suite, Sims 3, Music Widget

Well now we've been given quite a treat here! Now that the Xperia PLAY has been released in several places around the world, it's been being ripped apart for several minutes, hours, and days, and now its guts are being distributed across the earth. What we've got here is not only the regular set of wallpaper images at full size, but several APK files ripped from the original build of this brand new Playstation phone. Have a peek below and devour!

Sony Ericsson offers videos to answer Xperia questions

To a novice user, getting a smartphone like the Sony Xperia Arc can be like diving into the deep end of the pool. Sony Ericsson appreciates that and has released a series of videos to help answer questions of potential new Android customers. The videos explore specific features of each phone and answer questions. But there's also a support aspect which makes these videos quite useful for the novice user.

Xperia Play CDMA phone hits the FCC

The Sony Xperia Play made a repeat performance at the FCC this weekend, as it's CDMA twin received Federal consideration. The inaugural Playstation certified handset, shows a SIM card slot that's different from Verizon's 4G LTE devices. This is leading some to speculate if this is a 3G only device, at least for testing purposes. We haven't seen any 4G association with the phone's advertizing with Verizon, and only rumors are circulating as to the Xperia Play launching later this month. But as we reported here, the Xperia Play is coming to 11 markets around the world, just not the US initially.

Xperia Play game developers get training videos in HD

Sony-Ericsson announced on their blog this week that game developers hoping to get the inside track on developing games for the Xperia Play need look no further than design3 for all  their training needs.  design3 will be offering streaming videos in HD which will train gaming developers and will take them from concept to delivery in the fastest possible time.  The design3 portal will make stream all training videos in HD for a $20 a month subscription.  And developers will have access to 3D tools, game engines, and middlewares with everything that's necessary to create games at design3's Training Center.  But they have one word of advise .. UNITY. design3 suggests that game developers start with the Unity engine, which makes getting a game on the Xperia easy thanks to support for JavaScript, C#, and a Python's "Boo" flavor.  And yes, design3 also has several tutorial videos for Unity as well, enabling game developers to hit the ground running.   design3 will also take budding new developers through how to create an Android developer account, install the SDK and set up your mobile device for testing of development builds. Once developers have a game ready to go, Sony Ericsson's Union Initiative will help with distribution as well. Once new game developers have a grasp of Unity and game basics, they can learn about more challenging skills such as multi-touch and accelerometer input, scripting, and even working with the Xperia Play's API. So if devs are looking for a way to get their games Playstation certified, this is certainly a good place to start. [via Sony Ericsson Development Blog]

Xperia Play launches in 11 markets, but not the US – HUH?

I gotta say, I'm a bit mystified about this one. Sony-Ericsson launched the Xperia Play in 11 markets around the world with six additional markets coming two weeks later. Only problem is ... the United States isn't one of them. According to the official announcement, the US launch of the Xperia Play, with Verizon, will come "sometime later this Spring." Meanwhile, markets such as the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Russia, Hong Kong and Taiwan will get to enjoy them some PSP style mobile gaming.

Galaxy on Fire 2 now available in Android Market

Fishlabs Entertainment has taken Galaxy on Fire 2 out of Beta and has released it on the Android Marketplace. The game, part of NVidia's Tegra Zone, has epic space battles, weird aliens and romance? Sadly, even though we took the beta version through it's paces on a Motorola Xoom tablet, according to the Android market entry, the game is listed as only supported on Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphones. That's too bad, especially since we reported that the Xperia Play isn't even available in the US yet. But it may also explain the $11.26 price tag. Still, it's a frakking sweet game.

Xperia PLAY Reviewed by Chris Davies

Our main dude in England has his hands on the Xperia PLAY, also known as the "Playstation Phone," and he's reviewing it fully for our sister site SlashGear. This device goes by model name R800x, runs a full Android 2.3 Gingerbread experience, and has a 4" capacitive multi-touch, 854 x 480 pixel FWVGA display on top of a fully functional Playstation control set. Inside you'll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon II 8655 1GHz CPU with Graphical Processor Adreno 205, the entire device is 4.68 x 2.44 x .63 inches large, and weight sits right at 6.17 ounces (175 grams.) Not too heavy, not too light - but does it stand up to the Playstation brand?

Gameloft Announces Xperia Play Exclusive game BackStab [video]

Gameloft has just announced a new and exciting game that will be coming to Android, and later iOS. The Xperia Play exclusive will be available for Play owners only for the first month or so according to sources, then will be released for the rest of the Android community so they can all wish they had the controls the Xperia Play has. This is a very polished game with a little mix of action and adventure. It is sure to please many of you Thumb gamers.

Playstation Emulator PSX4Droid Pulled from Android Market

Is Xperia PLAY to blame? That's what developer ZodTTD believes, and with recent events surrounding groups like Twitter, for example, we's mildly suspicious as well. If you're unaware, several massively popular 3rd party Twitter clients were pulled just a few weeks ago right around the same time Twitter released their very own brand new official app - this new version was and is pretty nice, but Google's pull of the other versions so close to Twitter's official app was just too odd not to take note of. Is a similar sort of situation unfolding here with Sony Ericsson and the Xperia PLAY? Such a twisted web we weave.

Sony Ericsson confirms XPERIA Play delays in UK

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has encountered shipping delays and may miss its April 1 UK release at some retailers and on some carriers, the company has confirmed. Sony Ericsson has blamed "a freight issue" for the delay, which prompted Vodafone to contact pre-order customers and warn them their handsets wouldn't be arriving tomorrow as promised. According to our sources, the delay is "days rather than weeks" but will still mean XPERIA Play availability is tight. Sony Ericsson says some retailers will indeed have stock tomorrow, but there's no word on which. O2 has already delayed its own launch of the handset, having identified firmware bugs, though we're told that's a completely separate issue from the shipping problem. Sony Ericsson Statement:
We can confirm that the Xperia™ PLAY handsets are still planned to launch in the UK for 1st April, as originally communicated. However, as of today, we have experienced a freight issue that may impact the number of Xperia™ PLAYs arriving at some retail outlets. This said, consumers can purchase Xperia™ PLAY as of April 1st at a number of stores across the UK.
Vodafone UK Statement:
Sony Ericsson has advised us that it will not be able to supply the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Arc devices to meet their original launch date of 1 April. Unfortunately, this means there will be a small delay before pre-order customers receive their orders and the device is made available for sale in our shops. We're working closely with Sony Ericsson to ensure our customers' phones are delivered as soon as possible and we will contact people directly with specific timescales when we know more. We appreciate this is disappointing and are doing our very best to resolve this as quickly as possible.
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