Google on Tuesday announced “Google Play,” a cloud-based multimedia service for distributing and syncing apps and data across Android devices. The announcement comes on the heels of reports that numerous Google services haven’t performed up to expectations. With Google Play, users can store up to 20,000 songs for free, download more than 450,000 Android apps, browse Google’s selection of eBooks and rent thousands of movies. The service combines the Android Market, Google eBook store and Google Music into a single brand of cloud-based services. To celebrate the announcement, the search giant is offering a different album, book, video rental and Android app at a special price each day over the next week in the company’s “7 Days to Play” sale. Read on for a video introducing Google Play. More →
In a recent interview with Forbes, Nintendo of America’s president and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime was asked how his company will market the new Nintendo Wii U console — given that the existing Wii will still be on the market. Fils-Aime responded by noting that the console will not launch until after April 1st of next year — a date we hadn’t heard yet — and that, historically, Nintendo has sold multiple devices side by side. Fils-Aime pointed to the launch of the Nintendo DS alongside the Gameboy Advance, and also said that the Wii was on the market at the same time as the Game Cube. He also discussed cross-platform play, which could allow users to play against one another using different Nintendo machines “We have one key developer with a very strong relationship to Nintendo, the same developer who created Smash Brothers, that is envisioning a Smash Brothers experience that will be cross platform between Wii U and 3DS,” Fils-Aime said. Nintendo took the wraps off of the highly anticipated Wii U during the E3 tradeshow early last month, but has yet to announce a price for the console.
On Friday AmazonWireless announced a pretty stunning mobile phone sale. It’s now offering the HTC ThunderBolt and Motorola DROID X 2 for $99.99, the Samsung DROID Charge and LG Revolution for $149.99, the HTC Incredible 2 and HTC Trophy for $49.99, and the PlayStation Certified Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY for just a penny. The sale ends on June 8th, so if you’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber looking to save some money for summer barbeques, here’s your shot. More →
Here’s something we don’t see everyday — Vodafone New Zealand has tweeted that it’s delaying the launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play after a “major security breach.” According to the carrier’s official Twitter account, the shipment of Xperia Play units was stolen at some point on its way to the carrier. It’s unclear who pulled it off or how the heist took place. Vodafone has not provided any other details as to how long the launch will be delayed. More →
According to a report by CVG, Android Market downloads of games specifically designed to run on Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY handset have been extremely low. As evidence in its case, the report hones in on five Play titles that all have under 1,000 total Market downloads: Cool Boarders 2, 100–500; Destruction Derby, 500–1,000; Jumping Flash, 50–100; MediEvil, 100–500; and Syphon Filter, 100–500. Despite this, the handset’s creator is undeterred. “There’s no concerns, it’s a revolutionary device, it’s shaking up the market, we’re very pleased with it,” said Dominic Heil-Dwyer, head of market development at Sony Ericsson. “In terms of getting the PlayStation Certified program out, generally, we’re very happy. I think we’ll make a full assessment of if it has achieved our expectations fully, further down the line, so we’re very happy.” Launched in early April, the device pairs classic gaming controls with the now familiar large-touchscreen smartphone form factor. The Xperia PLAY is scheduled to make its Stateside debut on Verizon Wireless in the coming months. More →
Sony Ericsson released a statement on Friday delaying the broader launch of the Xperia Neo until the third quarter due to supply chain disruptions caused by the earthquake in Japan. The firm said that volumes of its Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY were also affected, but it doesn’t appear that there are any delays with those launches. Sony Ericsson’s official statement is as follows:
As Sony Ericsson continues to assess the impact of the situation in Japan on its business, we have communicated to our operator customers and distributors that some volume of Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY and Xperia neo phones has been affected. Xperia neo has already been introduced to the marketplace in limited quantities. However, due to supply chain disruptions resulting from the situation in Japan, we have shifted the timing of Xperianeo’s broader launch and it is now planned for early Q3.
We will address this topic at the time of our Q1 financial results announcement call that is scheduled for April 19, 2011.
Sony Ericsson’s Italian Facebook page has a similar explanation, and confirms that the Neo will launch in July. More →
At a Verizon Wireless media event this evening, we happened to spot a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play handset showing off its freshly inked Verizon tattoo. The device — which was tipped for a Verizon launch by third-party retailer Wirefly back in February — is not new, but the Verizon branding and Gingerbread operating system definitely are worth mentioning. We tried to pin Verizon down on a launch timeframe, but all we could get was a “coming soon” from the company’s PR folk. We snapped a dozen or so images for your review, enjoy.
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play in a black tuxedo not doing it for you? If you’re living under O2′s coverage area in the UK, you have an exclusive offering — the Xperia Play in white, complete with matching dock. If you are outside the UK, though, there’s still hope as availability of the white device outside of the UK hasn’t been announced just yet. A shot of the front of the handset after the break! More →
We just swung by the Sony Ericsson booth to get a glimpse at two of the company’s most exciting new handsets, the Xperia Play and the Xperia arc. Although we can’t say we’re too surprised that SE was showing off these two devices at Mobile World Congress — both handsets have been leaking like a soup strainer over the past few months — it is nice to get some hands-on time with both devices. Will the newly announced devices be enough to catapult Sony Ericsson back to mobile handset glory? Read on to find out. More →
According to online wireless dealer Wirefly, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play handset — you know, the one with the slide out gaming controls — will be headed to Verizon Wireless. On a webpage comparing the iPhone 4 to SE’s latest creation, the site lists the Play’s carrier as Big Red. Sony Ericsson has a press event scheduled for Sunday, February 13th at 12:00PM ET in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. We can expect to get all the official details on availability there. More →
Leave it up to Sony’s Playstation ads to really make you scratch your head, right? The first commercial for the new Xperia Play has surfaced — by way of DroidNYTT — and well, it involves some dark, shady, back-alley surgery on an Android robot… with a human hand. We’re not really going to describe it in depth for you, though, just check it out for yourselves and see what we mean. More →
According to Bloomberg, citing “two people familiar with the matter,” Sony and Sony Ericsson will be releasing the PSP2 and Xperia Play smartphone in January and February respectively. The publication writes that the updated iteration of the company’s popular mobile gaming console will be released on January 27th; the company will also “outline a strategy to use its networked entertainment services to share games, movies and music among handheld products, TVs and other devices.” The article goes on to note that the Xperia Play handset, which has been anything but a secret, should get unveiled in February at Mobile World Congress. Unsurprisingly, Sony declined to comment on the report when contacted by Bloomberg. More →
Ah yes, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play handset — you have been anything but illusive. The unreleased, gaming-centric handset has made a cameo on two additional videos in two very exotic locations; a McDonalds and a parking lot. If you’re interested in seeing the Android handset strut its stuff on video yet again, hit the jump, the two clips are waiting for you. More →