Verizon’s Sony Xperia Play Gets The Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread Update

Verizon and Sony have started rolling out a new software update for the Xperia Play (R800i) in the United States. If any Xperia Play owners are expecting that this update brings Ice Cream Sandwich to their handset, since Sony has already started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for some of its Xperia branded handsets then get ready for some disappointment.

The software update carrying the version number 4.0.2.E.0.57 brings Android 2.3.4 to the handset, along with certain new features including the ability to record videos in 720p resolution and bug fixes. Yes, Android 2.3.4 when Sony is releasing Ice Cream Sandwich to Xperia owners in rest of the world.

Below is the change-log of the update -:

Applications

  • Verizon Wireless Video on Demand now comes preloaded.
  • Improved user experience and new delivery method of preloaded games.
  • When connected via Bluetooth®, the Music Player now supports Fast Forward and Rewind.
  • VZ Navigator® has been updated with the latest 3D map improvements.

Device Operation

  • Upgraded to Gingerbread 2.3.4 operating system.
  • A long-press of the power button will successfully capture a screen shot.
  • Charging issues forcing device to remain in landscape mode have been resolved.
  • Recommended contacts now populate correctly when using the dialpad.
  • Camera Improvements:
    • Right trigger successfully captures a picture.
    • Record video in 720p with continuous auto-focus.
  • Device is now enabled with the Wireless Emergency Alerting System.
  • Mobile Hotspot ID broadcast can be turned off to increase security.
Sony had rolled out a similar update for the global version of the Xperia Play back in late November last year. I am not really sure what kind of testing the Verizon testers were doing that it took them nearly 6months to roll-out the same update.

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