Sony Mobile on Friday confirmed that it no longer plans to update its Xperia Play smartphone to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich due to compatibility issues with the device’s gaming features, Phone Scoop reported. “Ice Cream Sandwich demands more from the phone hardware than Gingerbread,” a Sony spokesperson said. “Android 4.0 is a more powerful OS and thus, more resource intensive – applications require more RAM, CPU power, and network bandwidth. From internal testing and feedback from the developer community on the beta ROM software release, we have seen a significant decline in user experience when running high performance games, as they are more demanding on the hardware. As gaming content is so integral to the core Xperia Play proposition, we cannot recommend an upgrade.” Sony’s decision will affect both the AT&T and Verizon Wireless models, as well as models sold overseas. The Xperia Play launched on Verizon last May and AT&T this past September. More →
You thought we’d be done after three devices? Not a chance. Following week one of Qualcomm and BGR’s Snapdragon giveaway, we’re back with three more awesome devices to send out to three lucky BGR readers absolutely free of charge. Last week’s handsets fell into Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon System 1 category, and this week’s devices are powered by beefed up System 2 chipsets, which offer up to 1.4GHz of processing power, an Adreno 205 GPU, stereoscopic 3D support and plenty more. In store for week two winners is a brand new HTC EVO View 4G tablet (Sprint), one HTC Inspire 4G (AT&T) and one Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY (Verizon Wireless). Here’s how to enter:
- Leave a comment below explaining why you want to win — be sure to use your real email address, Twitter account or Facebook account when commenting so we can contact you if you win
- Follow @BGR on Twitter and retweet this post
Readers may enter this portion of the giveaway up to twice, once by commenting beneath this post and once by following @BGR on Twitter and retweeting this post. Readers who enter week two of the giveaway are still eligible to enter week three. The second leg of our three-week giveaway will run from now through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 16th, and then the last leg will begin on August 17th. The giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States only, and you must be at least 18-years-old to enter. No purchase is necessary, and all devices and shipping costs will be free to contest winners. Winners will be selected randomly, contacted directly by BGR staff, and devices will be paired with winners at random. Phone service is not included.
Good luck! And feel free to follow individual BGR staffers on Twitter, too (@boygenius, @zacharye and @robotodd).
UPDATE: The AT&T device available to win is the HTC Inspire 4G, not the Samsung Infuse 4G as originally stated.
Verizon Wireless has cut the price of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play to just $99.99 with a new two-year contract. The Xperia Play was announced in February and is the first smartphone to offer access to games from the PlayStation Suite. It runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and packs a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 4-inch 480 x 854 resolution display. It also features a full slide-out gamepad with PSP-style gaming buttons. In our recent review we called the Xperia Play “one of the most enjoyable game-focused smartphones we’ve ever used.” More →
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 →
Amazon isn’t the only game in town when it comes to deep discounts on popular smartphones, and while Amazon’s 4G phone sale is certainly impressive, LetsTalk has a few even more appealing deals for Memorial Day. From now through May 31st, the online retailer is offering several incentives that add up to big savings on Verizon Wireless’ Android smartphones. First, LetsTalk is offering free overnight shipping on all Android phones. Add to that a 20%-off coupon for all Verizon Android phones (coupon code 7c7f3319) and we’re looking at some of the lowest prices we’ve seen yet on several sleek smartphones. Some highlights from LetsTalk’s sale include the Motorola DROID X2 for $120, the Sony Ericson Xperia PLAY for $80 and the HTC DROID Incredible 2 for just $64. Countless other smartphones are already priced at $0.01 or even free, so Amazon clearly has some competition over the coming long weekend. More →
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY is the company’s first smartphone focused on bringing serious gaming and a powerful handset to the masses. The slide-out PlayStation-style game controller is innovative and it enables you to interact with games on your smartphone in ways that just aren’t possible on a touchscreen-only device. With that said, there are some obstacles in the way — PlayStation Suite offers limited games, and there are some pretty big bugs even on the stock Android handset. Do the positives outweigh the negatives, though? Jump past the break to find out.
Today is a big day for current and potential Verizon Wireless subscribers — the nation’s top carrier is tossing new smartphones around willy nilly and launching not one, two or three, but four brand new drool-worthy devices. First up is Sony Ericsson’s highly anticipated gaming Goliath, the Xperia PLAY. The PLAY features a 4-inch WVGA display, Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, a slide-out dedicated gaming controller and a $199.99 price tagt. The LG Revolution is also clear for takeoff today, and it features a 4.3-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2 Froyo, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and last but certainly not least, a blazing fast 4G LTE radio. At $249.99 it’s the priciest phone Verizon is launching today, but LTE is more than worth the $50 premium as long as you’re happy carrying an extra battery or five. Motorola’s DROID X2 is launching today as well, and it sports a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution and a surprisingly slim body, all for $199.99. Finally, Verizon’s HTC Trophy is the carrier’s first Windows Phone, featuring a 3.8-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture support, 16GB of internal storage and global roaming capabilities. It’s definitely a good value at $149.99 but with next-generation Windows Phones set to launch alongside Mango, a two-year contract is a tough sell right now.
We’ve been kicking back and playing (literally) with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY for the past few days, and while we put our full review together, we figured we’d share some quick impressions of the handset that will make its way to Verizon Wireless tomorrow. For starters, Verizon’s Xperia PLAY runs stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread as opposed to the customized user interface that the international version ships with. Trust us, that’s a good thing. In terms of feel, the Xperia PLAY feels good in the hand, though it’s BMI is probably creeping up into the overweight category as the the phone is a bit heavy and is much thicker than most other Android handsets on the market. At the same time, it also feels slightly hollow, however. There’s obviously a reason for the added weight, and it’s because of the great hardware game controller built into the slide-out portion of the phone. And we have to say, the controls feel and work great — we’ve had a blast playing emulator games with a real gaming pad. Our only real initial complaints are the fact that the Xperia PLAY software launches every time you slide the device open, which seems like a nifty shortcut but we found it to be a bit annoying, and the lack of a functioning ambient light sensor. The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY seems like a great choice for any serious gamer who doesn’t want to carry around more then one device at a time, but is it the best smartphone for gaming in the world? You’ll have to wait until our review to find out. In the meantime, be sure to check out our hands-on photos below, alright?
As we prepare to finally get our first taste of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY here in the U.S., we can’t help but think back and remember Sony Ericsson’s hilarious Web-only spots starring Kristen Schaal. We laughed, we cried, and we even readdressed them in a feature covering gaming as a differentiating factor for Sony Ericsson moving forward. It has been a couple of months since the spots first ran but they’re still racking up hits on YouTube, and we’re happy to report that BGR has managed to obtain a blooper reel containing outtakes from the filming of these promo spots. As funny as Schaal was in the videos, we’re sure there are hours of hilarious outtakes hidden away in a studio somewhere. While we do our best to hunt down all the footage, hit the break for a quick compilation of outtakes from the Schaal promos. More →
Sony Ericsson’s first PlayStation certified phone, the Xperia PLAY, can now be pre-ordered from Verizon Wireless for $199.99. The Xperia PLAY runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon II processor. It also has a 4-inch display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a VGA forward facing camera for video chats. When you’re ready for action, just slide-out out the full PSP-style gamer pad and load up one of 7 pre-installed titles. We gave the phone, and Star Battalion, a test run during CTIA and were left impressed with the quality of the controls. The pre-loaded games include Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, The Sims 3 , Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot, and Tetris. If you pre-order the device, it should be in your hands by May 26th. 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 →
Verizon just officially announced that pre-orders the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY will begin on May 19th and that the device will land in stores on May 26th for $199.99. The Xperia PLAY — which we most recently saw during CTIA — runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is equipped with a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon II processor with an Adreno 205 GPU, a 4-inch multi-touch display, a full slide-out PSP-style gaming pad, a VGA front-facing camera for video chats, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. Hit the break for Verizon Wireless’ full press release. More →
Sony Ericsson on Tuesday reported its earnings for the first quarter of 2011, during which profit fell sharply on slowed device shipments. While smartphones made up twice the number of total device sales compared to the same quarter in 2010, Sony Ericsson still only managed to ship 8.1 million devices — compared to 10.5 million in the first quarter last year. The average selling price of the company’s devices grew to €141 from €134 in the same quarter last year, but profit dropped 48% year-over-year to €11 million. Sony Ericsson did note that the earthquakes in Japan caused some disruption in its supply chain, but we’re not sure the cell phone maker was on track for a solid quarter either way. Hit the break for the full press release. More →