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Xperia Play And Droid X2 Now Available At Verizon

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone. This handset was announced at the Mobile World congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona and it runs on the latest Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. On the other hand, Motorola Droid X2 is the successor of the popular Motorola Droid smartphone. This handset runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System. Both the handsets are currently available for purchase exclusively on the airwaves of Verizon in the US.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play:

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play features a 4 inch capacitive multi-touch display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, slide-out gaming keypad, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, 400 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 8 GB microSD card included, up to 32 GB expandable memory, 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Gesture gaming, Motion gaming, aGPS, Micro USB, up to 8 hrs 25 min talk-time, up to 425 hrs standby time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Motorola Droid X2:

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Motorola Droid X2 features a 4.3 inch qHD display with 960 × 540 pixels resolution, 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, MotoBLUR UI, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 512MB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, mini-HDMI port, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, eCompass, 3.5mm audio jack, Android Market and more.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will ship with 7 games Asphalt 6, Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. This handset is available for $199.99 with a 2 years service agreement. You can also purchase Xperia Play from Amazon for just $99.99. Motorola Droid X2 can be easily purchased from Verizon for $199.99 with a 2 years contract. Which phone are you planning to buy? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play And Arc Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread Update Rolling Out Now

Sony Ericsson has started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Xperia Arc and Play. The update is already available in some regions of the world like Hong Kong, but a wider roll-outwill begin from next week.

Along with the bump in Android OS version, the update also improves the performance and boot-up time of the Xperia Arc and Play.

Here is the official change-log from Sony Ericsson :

  • Battery performance
  • General software stability
  • Wi-Fi stability
  • HD Video recording performance (Xperiaâ„¢ arc)
  • Touch responsiveness

One new feature which this update will bring is Facebook inside Xperia’. Basically, this feature will tightly integrate your Xperia phone with Facebook. Below is a demo of the Facebook inside Xperia feature :

 

Users can update their Xperia Arc or Play to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread either via OTA or using Sony Ericsson’s PC Companion.

Sony Ericsson also stated that they are working hard on the Gingerbread update for the X10, and they will announce more about the update soon. The Facebook inside Xperia feature will come to the Xperia X10 as well.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Up For Pre-Order At Amazon For $99.99

Sony Ericsson announced the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone, the Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it will be exclusively available on the airwaves of Verizon in the US. Xperia Play is already available for pre-order at Verizon for $199.99 with a 2 years service agreement. If you are planning to buy this handset and save a few bucks, then you can go ahead and pre-order the powerful Xperia Play from Amazon for just $99.99.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play comes with a 4 inch capacitive multi-touch display with 480 x 854 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, slide-out gaming keypad, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, 400 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 8 GB microSD card included, up to 32 GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, Bluetooth stereo (A2DP), PlayNow service, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Sony Ericsson Music player, Gesture gaming, Motion gaming, aGPS, DLNA Certified, Micro USB, Android Market, Android Cloud to Device messaging, up to 8 hrs 25 min talk-time, up to 425 hrs standby time, up to 5 hrs 35 min game play time, up to 30 hrs 35 min music playback and a 1500 mAh battery.

This handset will be released on May 26th, but if you pre-order this smartphone from Amazon, then you will have to wait for 8 to 9 days, since the phone is currently listed as backordered on Amazon. Xperia Play will ship with 7 games – Asphalt 6, Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. To check out this amazing deal, head over to this page at Amazon.

Verizon Announces The Xperia Play; To Ship With 7 High-Quality Games

Yesterday, Motorola and Verizon announced the Droid X2. Today, Verizon and Sony Ericsson have teamed up to announce the Xperia Play. The Xperia Play is already available in various regions of the world, and will be available in the U.S from this month’s end.

The Xperia Play sports a 4-inch TFT display with FWVGA (854×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, and an Adreno 205 GPU. The handset also packs 512MB of RAM and ROM.

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The handset will run on Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread with Sony Ericsson’s proprietary UI running on top of it. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera, while there is a VGA camera in the front for video calling. Since the Play does NOT run on Android 2.3.4, users cannot video chat using Google Talk.

The Xperia Play will be the first PlayStation Certified smartphone to be available in the U.S. Being a gamer oriented phone, the handset will ship with 7 games on-board including Asphalt 6, Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, The Sims, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris. Users can download more than 50 high-quality games from Verizon’s VCast Apps.

The Xperia Play can already be ordered online at VerizonWireless.com, while it will hit the retail stores on May 26th. The handset will set users back by $199.99, on a two-year contract.

The Best Android Phones Coming to India in 2011

The Android revolution began about 3 years back and its stunning growth has dwarfed the growth of even iOS (iPhone) as a mobile platform. It is now the most popular mobile OS in the US, and is on its way to becoming the most used mobile OS in the world. It is expected to overtake Symbian soon, and will soon be the Windows of the mobile world.

Unlike Apple which always ignores India when launching new products, most Android manufacturers have made sure that they launch new Android smartphones in India at the same time as the worldwide launch.

As I’ve said before, 2011 is going to be the year of Android. We have seen a lot of exciting devices at CES, MWC and CTIA 2011. Most of these devices will either be launched soon, or have been launched already.

In this post, I will show you the best Android phones that money can buy. Despite the title, the list is relevant to users around the world, not just Indians.

1. Samsung Galaxy S 2

This is definitely the best Android smartphone that money can buy. It has received the best reviews yet, and offers the best overall package, compared to any other Android phone. It is the successor to the most popular Android phone of 2010 – the Samsung Galaxy S.

It has an excellent 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display which has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It comes with an 8 MP camera which can record 1080p video, a 1.2 GHz dual core Exynos processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0.

It is expected to be launched by the end of May 2011 and will be priced at around Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

2. HTC Sensation

The HTC Sensation is probably the only phone which can rival the Samsung Galaxy S 2 in terms of specifications and features.

It will come with a 4.3 inch S-LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. It will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has the HTC Sense 3.0 UI, which is widely regarded as the best third party Android UI.

It has a dual core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 220 GPU and 768 MB RAM. It also comes with an 8 MP camera with dual LED flash which can record 1080p video at 30 FPS. It has 1 GB internal storage, and is a bit heavier than the Galaxy S 2, at 148 gms. It will likely be launched soon, but we have no idea about the pricing.

HTC Sensation

3. LG Optimus 2X

The LG Optimus 2X was the first Android smartphone with a dual core processor. While it was launched some time back, it is still one of the best Android phone options in India. In the US, you can buy the T-Mobile G2X which is identical to the Optimus 2X, and comes with pure Android 2.2 Froyo.

It comes with a 4 inch LCD touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It also has a 1 GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor (Tegra 2) and offers 1 GB RAM. It has an 8 MP camera and can also capture 1080p video at 24 FPS. Though it’s not as good as the Samsung Galaxy S 2, it is much cheaper. You can get it for as much as Rs. 28,000.

Buy the LG Optimus 2X on Amazon.

LG Optimus 2X

4. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc was recently launched and is probably the most stylish Android smartphone to date. It is extremely slim, and has a very sleek design. It comes with a 4.2 inch display and has a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB RAM. It also offers an excellent 8 MP camera, which makes it the best Android camera phone. It is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has the Sony Ericsson custom Android UI.

It is available for Rs 28,000.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at Flipkart.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc at Amazon.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

5. Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is another notable Android phone. It deviates from the touchscreen only trend in Android phones, and features a unique gaming keypad which slides out from under the display. It has the same hardware as the Xperia Arc – 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, an Adreno 205 GPU and 512 MB RAM.

It also has a 5 MP camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but the main attraction is the library of exclusive PSP games which it supports. If you are a gamer, and want an Android smartphone, the Xperia Play is the device you should get.

It is priced at Rs. 30,000.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at Flipkart.

Buy the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at Amazon.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

6. HTC Incredible S

HTC was the top dog in the Android arena an year back, but since the launch of the Galaxy S, Samsung has become the dominant player. HTC, though, has been trying to get back to the top.

The HTC Incredible S is one of the best Android smartphones by HTC. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and the HTC Sense 3.0 UI, probably the best third party Android UI. It will definitely get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with a 4 inch, 480 x 800 pixel display. It has a 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor, 768 MB RAM and comes with the Adreno 205 GPU as well. It has a very good 8 MP camera which can capture 720p video.

It is the cheapest of the lot. It is priced at Rs 26,399.

Buy the HTC Incredible S at Flipkart.

Buy the HTC Incredible S at Amazon.

HTC Incredible S

We might see many more Android smartphone launches soon, but for the next 2-3 months, this list should guide you well, should you want to buy the best Android smartphone in India, or the world, for that matter.

Update: Also check out our news Smartphone Buying Guide in India for 2011

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Arc And Neo Rooted!

It was just a few days ago, that Sony Ericsson released details on how to unlock the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo handsets boot loader.

Now, in just a matter of days the talented developers over at XDA forums have managed to get root access on all the above said handsets.

Xperia_root

The method to get root access is a pretty simple one Users first need to unlock their boot loader, and then flash some required files using fast boot. However, at the moment this method works only on the UK firmware of the Arc and the Play.

The developers behind gaining the root access Bin4ry and zdzihu are already working on rooting the global firmware.

Xperia Neo and Arc owners should head over to this thread, while Play owners should head over to this thread for the required steps and file.

Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will soon release the Android 2.3 Gingerbread source for the the latest bunch of the Xperia handsets. This will help the developers in cooking custom ROMs for the Xperia Arc, Neo and Play.

Via – Xperia Blog

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc And Xperia Play Launched In India

Earlier this year, Sony Ericsson announced the Android powered Xperia Arc at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas and the much-awaited Xperia Play at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona. Both the handsets runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Xperia Play comes with a 4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, 8 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording and so on. On the other hand, Xperia Play is the world’s first PlayStation certified smartphone. It features a 4 inch touchscreen display with slide-out gaming keyboard.

Both the handsets are already available from March-end at Flipkart, a popular online retailer in India. But today, the company officially launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and Xperia Play at an event in Delhi, India. Check out the specs, after the break.

Pawan Chadha, Country Head India, Sony Ericsson, said At Sony Ericsson, our endeavour is to constantly enhance user experience. The launch of the Xperia arc and PLAY is an important development for the brand in India, and with Sony technologies incorporated into our portfolio, we aim to become game changers here. As social and digital media continue to change consumer experiences, our portfolio will complement this phenomenon, and take communication entertainment to the next level.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Specifications:

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  • 4.2 inch multi-touch Reality Display
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 8.1 megapixel camera
  • HD (720p) video recording
  • Motion gaming
  • HDMI
  • DLNA
  • 512 MB internal memory
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 8 GB Memory card
  • 1500mAh battery

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Specifications:

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  • 4 inch capacitive multi-touch display
  • 1 GHz Scorpion ARMv7 processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS
  • Slide-out gaming keypad
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus
  • 400 MB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • A-GPS
  • 8 GB microSD card included
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Dedicated gaming keys
  • Motion gaming
  • up to 8 hrs 25 min talk-time
  • up to 425 hrs standby time
  • 1500 mAh battery

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc comes with a price tag of Rs.32,000, while the Xperia Play is available for Rs.35,000. You can also purchase Xperia Arc for Rs.28,499 and Xperia Play for Rs.30,999 at Flipkart. Are you planning to buy these smartphones? Let us know in the views, in the comments section below.

Sony Ericsson To Allow Bootloader Unlocking On The Latest Xperia Handsets!

Sony Ericsson had a pretty miserable 2010. The high-end Xperia branded Android powered handset from the company the X10 received a lot of flak due to the lack of multi-touch support, and running an nearly extinct version of the Android OS.

However, Sony Ericsson is determined to make 2011 better for them and their loyal users. First, the company announced a bunch of tempting XPERIA branded handsets including the PlayStation phone the Xperia Play. Now, today Sony Ericsson has announced that they will allow developers to unlock the boot loaders on some of the the latest Xperia handsets in a secure and legalway.

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There is a small catch here though. The handset must meet certain requirements so that its boot loader can be unlocked like an unlocked, un-branded handset. There are many other requirements as well, including your region and original configuration of the phone.

The original Xperia X10 modding capability has been severely limited due to its locked down boot loader. Even after numerous tries, the talented developers over at XDA have been unable to unlock the X10’s locked boot loader.

Sony Ericsson also states that even though they support the unlocking of the boot loader, the warranty of the handset will be deemed void if its boot loader has been unlocked. Also, Sony Ericsson may charge a user a handling fee’ if they flash a Custom ROM on their handset and send it for repairing.

Readers can find more information about Sony Ericsson official statement regarding boot loader unlock here.

Sony Xperia Play Hands-on Pictures and Video

Sony Xperia Play, the PlayStation phone from Sony will be out shortly. It brings together a phone and a gaming device and clubs them into a single device.

I had a chance to play around with the Xperia Play at CTIA 2011 and it was definitely worth all the hype. The gaming is smooth and the controls are very similar to a controller for a game console.

I was able to play a few games including Asphalt 6, Sims 3 and Madden NFL and the experience was really good. The Xperia Play will come out with 5 full games pre-loaded for free and have about 50 game titles for sale at launch.

If you are looking to get a complete gaming experience on a phone, the Xperia Play is the phone to buy. Take a look at some pictures and a hands-on video of Xperia Play after the break.

Best Android Phones of MWC 2011

If there was one theme that dominated the Mobile World Congress this year, it was Android. Android reigned supreme at MWC 2011, with a series of Android powered devices including smartphones and tablets being launched by almost every major player in the industry.

MWC 2011 also saw the unveiling of some of the most highly anticipated Android smartphones of 2011. Many impressive Android phones were showcased there, but these three are definitely the best Android phones which were announced at MWC 2011.

Samsung Galaxy S II

The Samsung Galaxy S was the most popular Android smartphone of 2010. Samsung was expected to launch the successor to the Galaxy S at MWC 2011, and it did.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is twice as better as the Galaxy S and is bigger, faster and slimmer. It comes with a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, a 1 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM and is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also offers 32 GB internal storage and comes with 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. It is also slimmer, at just 8.5 mm and has a powerful 1650 mAh battery. It comes with an 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and is capable of recording 1080p videos.

Samsung Galaxy S 2

LG Optimus 3D

The LG Optimus 3D was the best LG Android smartphone unveiled at MWC 2011. As the name suggests, it comes with a 4.3 inch, 3D capable capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It is the first phone to support a 3D display and comes with a dual core 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM with 8 GB internal storage.

It has dual 5 MP cameras which can capture 3D videos at 720p. It can record 1080p HD videos at 1080p. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and has 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth as well as GPS support. It comes with a 1500 mAh battery.

LG Optimus 3D

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Besides these two, there was another mind blowing announcement at MWC 2011, but this one was no surprise. It was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, or the Playstation Phone, details of which had leaked out way before MWC started.

The Xperia Play is modeled after the PSP Go, and comes with a sliding gamepad with gaming controls, and a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels.

It comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and 512 MB RAM, along with the Adreno 205 GPU. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a custom UI and has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.

It is a Playstation Certified smartphone, and will come with a library of more than 50 PSP games, exclusive to the Xperia Play.

Xperia Play