Sony PlayStation Phone Launch In Spring Next Year?

A Japanese newspaper has published a report that claims that the new Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone – that is expected to be branded as the Xperia Play, shall be launching in the Spring of 2011. According to Asahi Shimbun, the device will be based on PSPgo and will retain the familiar PSP gaming controls – something that we have already seen in action.

The authenticity of the source is not clear and Sony has declined to comment on this speculation. Also, a Spring launch is pretty broad that does not add too much value to the speculations that have already been doing the rounds.

Having said that, if these rumors are true, it will at least mean that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play shall not launch at least for the next two months. That’s news given that we had earlier anticipated an announcement as early as this month.

Free Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Offer From AT&T Goes Live

Looks like AT&T wants to do away with all of their Xperia X10 inventory before the end of this year. The carrier has announced a new promotional offer that lets users win a free Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 phone for every contracted unit they purchase. This buy-one, get-one-free offer is set to run until the end of this year.

The offer is also being promoted through Sony Ericsson‘s  Twitter account where a company representative has written,

It doesn’t get better than this – buy an Xperia™ #X10 at @ATT (until Jan 1, 2011) and get one #FREE!

While this is a nice deal if you are looking to gift one of your kin with an Xperia, it is still not as good as the alternate offer from Best Buy that is currently on. You may recall the Best Buy free smartphone offer that gives users a chance to buy one of several phones – including Xperia X10 – at $0, provided customers sign up for a 2 year contract.

So now that you have a choice, you can decide which one is best suited for your needs.

New PlayStation Phone Video Demo Out

Sony Ericsson may be keeping details about its upcoming PlayStation Phone close to its chest, but that has not stopped the rumors and speculations from floating across the blogosphere. After we heard from sources earlier this week that the PlayStation Phone was “nowhere near ready” as yet and more importantly that the phone shall not be compatible with the existing lineup of PSP games comes a new video that gives us more details about the product.

From whatever we could gather that the phone will indeed run PlayStation games. Launch date is anyone’s guess at the moment though the product does appear close to being ready for launch.

Check out the video of the PlayStation phone in action below. Does it make you want one yourself? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

PlayStation Phone Features, Price & Launch Rumors

The highly anticipated PlayStation Phone from Sony may not be launching/unveiling on December 9 as earlier thought. According to some new rumors, the PlayStation Phone is “nowhere near ready” which means that the device will take at least a couple of more months before it gets ready for release. A February launch around the Mobile World Congress is likely.

We have already heard about the device – regarding its 5-megapixel camera, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 4.1″ WVGA display. Now according to the latest report, the phone may not be a PSP device coupled with phone capabilities.

What this means is that users may not be actually able to download PSP-compatible games on to this new device. It is possible that Sony could bring an independent line-up of games to this new platform. However this appears to be a rather expensive process since the volumes may not justify the vast line up of games necessary to make this phone a success. What we also hear is that the new phone could be marketed under the Xperia brand which could bring down the anticipation levels for the new gaming phone even further.

Anyway, none of these speculations are substantiated. So at the moment take all of these with a pinch of salt.

Sony PlayStation Phone Release Date On December 9?

December 9 may turn out to be quite an eventful day if all the rumors doing the rounds are to be true. Yesterday, we had written that the highly anticipated Notion Ink Adam tablet could be making a launch or at least open for pre-orders on December 9. Now, it is being rumored that Sony too could be launching their new PlayStation Phone on this day.

According to reports coming from France, Sony Ericsson has called for a media event that will be headed by Pierre Perron, head of Sony Ericsson in France. There is no specific mention of the agenda of the meeting and so we expect at least an unveiling, if not an official launch of the PlayStation Phone on this day.

What do you think? Are we being too optimistic here? Tell us in the comments.

HD Video Recording On Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 To Come With Android 2.1 Update

If you own an Xperia X10, keep looking out for a new update that is now being offered to the handset. This update will install Android 2.1 to the handset besides offering new features like 720p HD video recording, backup and restore application, new homescreens and a Facebook integrated phonebook. Xperia X10 Pro and Mini users will also receive updates for improved Bluetooth functionalities with support for sending pictures, contacts, etc.

Now because the update is significantly big, it will not be offered over the air. Instead, users will see a notification on their phones to update the software via the Sony Ericsson PC Companion app. The first of the phones should start receiving the update on October 31st with the distribution to extend all through the month of November. So if you don’t seem to be receiving your update soon enough, don’t get restless!

Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone Features And Launch Details Revealed

Sony Ericsson has been rumored to be working on a smartphone for gamers for quite some time now and from what we hear, the device could be launching as early as October of this year. The latest rumor comes from Engadget and the website has some pretty juicy news to share.

Firstly, the Sony Ericsson Playstation phone could be some sort of a cross between the Samsung Galaxy S and a PSPgo. That is, the device could be a slider phone that will contain a D-Pad like analog gaming controls in place of the regular QWERTY keyboard. In other words, slide-out and you have a PSPgo and slide the control in and you have a touchscreen phone.

Apart from this, the device is expected to come with Gingerbread – Android 3.0 and could be branded as an Xperia to start with though an independent Playstation phone is also very likely. Other rumored features on the phone include a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.7 or 4.1 inches WVGA display, 5-megapixel camera and 3D gaming is not ruled out.

Sounds exciting, isn’t it?

Root/Unroot Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 & Mini Pro With Easy One Click Solution

Rejoice if you own a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 or an Xperia X10 Mini Pro. Android hackers have just released a simple utility that will help you root your Xperia X10 in just a matter of one click. The hack is based on the very same exploit that was recently used to root the Motorola Droid X. To get started, you have to download the UniversalAndroot v 1.5.3 software.

There are a couple of interesting pointers about this rooting application. Firstly, the software also supports one-click unroot to get your phone back to the original state. More interestingly,. the hack is enabled without unlocking the bootloader which means that your warranty will not be voided because of your hacking mischief. We also hear that the rooting utility also supports the usage of custom roms which means you really get to decide all that you need to run and remove from the phone’s system.

Are you trying this out on your Xperia? Write down your experience in the comments below.

Is Your Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Wi-Fi Turning Off Automatically?

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 users recently had a firmware update issued to them and if you are among those who tried to update to the latest firmware, then you are likely to be hit by this latest bug. The latest firmware does more harm than good and not only do Xperia 10 users have to suffer the ignominy of having to stay with the outdated Android 1.6 OS, but now also have to suffer from frequent network disconnection.

So, this is how it works. If you are in an area of low cellular signal, it is observed that the new bug will automatically turn your Wi-Fi off when the cellular signal drops to zero and when when it bounces back, the Wi-Fi will restart. That’s a torture considering that users are such low signal areas are particularly needful of a consistent Wi-Fi connection.

Nevertheless, if you are noticing this bug on your Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, then hold on, another update to undo the bug in this latest update may soon be on the way.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review Of Price And Launch In US

No idea why it has taken Sony Ericsson so long to bring their Xperia X10 to the American market. Nevertheless, from what we hear, AT&T should be bringing the Sony Ericsson X10 to the United States sometime between the mid of August and mid of September. Spec-wise, it looks kind of old at the moment. The device features an Android 1.6 device and at $345 is no bargain for consumers to pick this one over other devices with much more modern specs. We had earlier reported that the device could launch in Q2 of 2010.

Now, there is no word on how much subsidy AT&T is planning to offer on this phone. Considering that this is phone has pretty mundane specifications and the fact that it has existed in other parts of the world for some time now, expect some heavy subsidy as Ma Bell gears to sell the stocks out as quick as possible.

Nevertheless, hold on for some official communication from AT&T before throwing in your money at an alternative.