Xperia Play

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Hands-On [CTIA 2011]

We got another opportunity to take a look at the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Android gaming phone whilst at a Verizon event in Orlando during CTIA 2011. It was here that we finally got both an extended look at the device as well as an adequate amount of time to make judgements on its form and content. In the video below you're going to see a presentation made by a Verizon representative who shows us a top-down look at the device including a demo of several games that we're very much looking forward to trying out.

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Confirmed as Former Nexus phone for Gingerbread

Whilst chatting at a Verizon event last night, we again heard, this time direct from a Sony Ericsson repreentative, that the reason the Xperia PLAY is able to launch with Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread is that this "PlayStation Phone" was once in the running to be Google's hero phone. This spot as Gingerbread model has since been usurped by the Nexus S, but didn't leave Sony Ericsson empty-handed. In fact, Google didn't leave Sony Ericsson at all, working with them from start to finish on a phone that's as optimized for Android a piece of hardware are you're ever going to find.*

Kyocera Echo coming to Sprint April 17th

Sprint has announced that the dual touch screen Kyocera Echo will be launched on the Now Network on April 17th. Pre-orders will being March 26th with the Echo going for $199 with a two year contact. Current Sprint users will also be able to purchase the phone through their eligible upgrade option. To celebrate the first dual screen Android phone, Sprint is hosting a "Duel for Dual" promotion where Android fans will have the chance to compete for a free Echo of their own (I wonder if the 2 year commitment comes with it).

Xperia Play Thumbs ad gets wierd second chapter

Sony-Ericsson has released a second chapter in their bizarre ad campaign for the Sony Xperia Play Android phone.   The Ad, shows confused victim of a crime telling a police officer in some non-descript Asian country that a girl who he took home from an evening at a local club, severed his thumbs and disappeared.  The Cops laugh at the irony and then we see the same Android from the first commercial walking through the streets flexing his new game playing digits.  Disturbing?  You bet.  Dark comedic punch line?  Absolutely.  But will it sell phones?

Sony Ericsson Plans to Take Over North America with 9 Android Phones Inside 2011

No joke, via the same source we spoke to on the importance of the Xperia PLAY, Sony Ericsson doesn't plan on stopping with that headliner, no way! Sony plans on taking out all oncomers in the coming year with not one flagship phone, but 9 utterly amazing Android phones (which we, of course, have no further info on.) This tidbit of information is built on a talk we had with a source quite familiar with the inner workings of Sony Ericsson, a source who indeed did confirm not only Sony's plan to release this barrage of Android phones throughout 2011, but more specifically the Xperia PLAY by the end of this quarter.

On the Importance of the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY [via a Casual Conversation with an Inside Source]

Let's have a chat on a chat we've just had in the past week with a source we stake our name on, one extremely familiar with the subject matter at hand. What we spoke about specifically was the history and the future of Sony Ericsson inside and beside the Xperia PLAY, aka the Playstation phone. One of the points we spoke on was the fact that it'll be launching with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an operating system that the rest of the electronics world (with a few exceptions) are still scrambling to attach to their own hardware. Why does Sony Ericsson, a group that really hasn't had a top space in the minds of any Android fan basically ever, have access to this newest of Google's mobile operating systems?

PlayStation Suite Expands on Android Officially

It's been rumored recently that Sony was bringing their Playstation Suite to the Tegra Zone. Well, we've just confirmed the story through NVidia that it is indeed the case. The Playstation Suite, originally designed to bring classic Playstation One games to the Sony-Ericsson Xperia Play, will now make those same games available to all Android handsets which run the NVidia Tegra 2 chip and Android 2.3 or above. Sony is also making available games from their Next Generation Playstation Portable device.

Havok Game Tools will make for more Xperia Play games

The Game Developers Conference this week brought some good news for Sony Xperia Play fans as the new Havok Game Tools, optimized for the Xperia Play, was previewed. Game Developers can program to move via the arrow pads or the touchpad, and can interact with a game via the Xperia's touch screen. The Havoc behavior engine allows for smoother character interaction in the game as well. Developers will also be able to perform mesh generation and path-finding with real time playback. The Havok Cloth creates realistic character design with believable, physically based motion to character garments. While Havoc Destruction gives developers complete control of destructible events within the game and lessens rendering testing of those objects through Havoc Physics. This is certainly great news for developers who are already using Havoc to develop more than 270 games in the marketplace. The new tools mean greater detail and realism, richer, more cinematic experiences, and complete integration all the way up to Android Honeycomb. [youtube 3Ju9DzIdC_Q]

White Xperia Play a European Exclusive

European gamers looking to pick up the Sony-Ericcson Xperia Play can up the style points a bit as UK carrier O2 is set to get a White version of the Playstation phone exclusively. Pricing will be the same as the standard XPeria Play for between £499.99-539.99. In the US, users will have to settle for the stock Xperia Play, as it has been announced at $400 without contract or $199 with a two year agreement through Verizon. As we reported earlier today, it has been rumored that AT&T may pick it up soon after.

Sony Xperia Play not exclusive to Verizon

Sony CTO Jan Uddenfelt has confirmed that the new Sony Xperia Play phone will not be exclusive to Verizon and that AT&T could launch the phone later this year. Working closely with Google to develop the gaming aspects of the new PlayStation cellphone may have given Google's partner Verizon the inside track to launch the phone. However, Sony believes that the U.S. is a leading smartphone market in the and wants to keep it's options open and only expand it's reach. In addition, armed with a new focus on the importance of keeping their phones up to date, Sony-Ericcson is expanding it's research and development to keep it's phones on the cutting edge.
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