Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Bugs Lead to Delayed Launch for UK’s O2, Could Others Follow?


If the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play isn’t one of the most highly anticipated Android phones of all times, we don’t know what is. What began its life amid rumors of a PlayStation Phone, the handset is finally set to launch on various carriers starting at the end of this month and going into April…or is it? One UK carrier, O2, has issued a statement saying they will delay the launch of the phone after their own testing proved the gamer-oriented handset wasn’t quite ready for prime time.

“We’ve been testing the phone non-stop for weeks and have found some bugs in the software that, if they’re not fixed, means customers won’t have a great experience. We’ve been working with Sony Ericsson to get these bugs ironed out, but haven’t been able to get them fixed in time for us to be able to launch the phone on April 1st as we originally planned.”

The company is keeping no secrets about the delay, so might the bugs they have claimed to uncovered create a bad enough PR fiasco that the handset could be delayed on even more carriers? What’s more, O2 was set to score an exclusive white variant of the Play, so those holding out for that particular unit will be denied until an undetermined date.

[via EuroDroid]

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  1. Isn’t the xperia play Stock???

    1. Its not stock, according to any of the reviews or videos I have seen.

      1. Maybe verizon’s version is stock. Not sure yet

  2. “If the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play isn’t one of the most highly anticipated Android phones of all times, we don’t know what is.”

    Samsung’s Galaxy S II ? Altough being someone who tries to steer clear of anything Sony, I might be a little biased on that one.

    1. Play will bring new games to Android and not just the tap and touch gameplay that every other phone has.

  3. I sell mobile phones and there is an increasing amount of customer having problems with android on o2. The problem being that they recieve the same txt message up to 30 times throughout the day.
    Problem only happens on o2 and another problem with the same network is that symbian handsets seem to loose the ability to send txt messages.

    Faults aren’t always with the handset / os

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