zul, 20 Aug 2012no video call for xperia play..??The short answer?
Because sony didn't want to!
Google wishes everyone to use data plans and wifi connections via 3rd. party programmes, (such as skype) end therefore removed any native support for 3g video calls tha basically ALL phones used to have.
That may not affect USA customers, but in Europe and Asia (india, for instance) is terrible as data plans have very restricted data traffic limits and are absurdly expensive.
In Europe you end up paying about 5-7.5 Euros for 100MB traffic... per month!
Sony went the easy way.
So, that also happened with 3G nativive video calls in sony phones.
The front camera is there, but UNLIKE LG ans Samsung they didn't care enough to provide native video calling.
The same happened with the intro of an FM Radio. It would mean peanuts to the final price... did they do it? No, sire!
LG (P970) has got 3g video caling. The galaxy 2 and 3 also allows 3g "native" video calling.
That means today's top sellers across Europe provide video calling as a strong selling point.
Sony's sales are dwindling and the poor customer support is an essential reason for that.
Not many people wish to buy a new model and LOSE functions.
For the price the Xplay was introduced in continental europe, most phones provided native video calls.
Result? The Xplay didn't sell nearly as much as expected and the poor sales continued, despite sucessive price drops which didn't work.
Other example/causes for this evident failure? Any midrange phone has got FM Radio - The Xplay doesn't.
Contrarily to ALL that had been announced and publicised, the Xplay will NOT get ICS update. And that capacity of being upgraded was paid for in the phone's retail price.
We were paying for a team of developers who would avoid Android defragmentation and keep our phones' market value by keeping them updated with th latest OS.
LIES, all Lies!
At the end of the day, that actually just reveals how UNimportant customers are to large companies such as sony.
That is why customers should keep away from it until the day they learn the lesson and change their attitude!
Xperia Play also gets Jelly Bean ROM. This is MIUI Jelly Bean ROM based on CM10.It can also be called as Turbo MIUI Jelly Bean ROM for Xperia Play. It is inspired out of MIUI JB for Galaxy Nexus and it is based on CM10 FXP134. http://www.androidust.com/turbo-miui-jelly-bean-rom-for-xperia-play-based-on-cm10-alpha-rom/
Xperia Play can run CWM 9 stable,which is based on ics perfectly without any lag so Why NOT and official Ics Update.The games can be optimized with gamekeyboad app issue of gaming on ics is fixed.
it ahas a 19hr max battery life on my regular use. it sucks, compared to my samsung note that takes 3-4 days to drain the bat.
[deleted post]No worries. I hope you don't lose any sleep over this issue. I know I won't.
I don't care whoever you are. I am not MR. DIRECT SPEAK and I'm not speaking on behalf of MR. DIRECT SPEAK.
I'm terribly disappointed with Sony/SE. I have my Xperia Arc for ages but I haven't got the promised ICS update. Now, how about that? As I said, they're fast in terms of false advertisement but when it comes to customer support, they're second to none. I just want my update.
Here's my opinion to Xplay. If you can make it run on Gingerbread which is Android, why can you not run it on any Android OS? Might just not work? So why did it work on Gingerbread in the first place?
Oh come on! Don't f**k me with your answers.
DIRECT SPEAK, 20 Aug 2012same to u x2222 ..now go n cry ..xperiaplay upset owners -many thousands can teach u some b... moreDo you even know what the word manners means? You are the one getting violently upset over an update that for many phones does not work well at all. Sony did say that they were going to release an update for the phone and then backed off because it may not work. If the update was released and your phone was not working then you would be crying about that too. By the way some of your comments still don't make sense to me.
if I buy an0ther ph0ne i'll n0t sell my xperia play. .l0ve it vry much. .
[deleted post]same to u x2222 ..now go n cry ..xperiaplay upset owners -many thousands can teach u some basic manners for comments ..
Vaishnav, 17 Aug 2012Sony is completely trustworthyvaishnava -- read comments of many who feel deceived by sony -- ur opinion is urs --sony PERCEIVED TO HAVE cheated- deceived with false excuses on xperiaplay NO UPGRADE == NO NEW ICS APPS NO GOOGLE CHROME ON XPLAY .
DIRECT SPEAK, 14 Aug 2012WHY SUCH LONG WINDED speech .. u love sony ..so u do .. many feel deceived by sony fony -thats... moreGet over it. Do you really want a software update that many are saying is rubbish? Why should Sony apologise? Maybe the fact that they backed away from the Play getting the ICS update was a good decision. If the only reason you bought an Xperia Play was because you wanted an update, you are wasting your life on such a petty matter.
Bye Bye Xperia Play, you were a good companion in my moments of boredom, Hello Samsung G-Note, hopefully you'll take up where Xplay left off.
I thank you.
I have had this phone for about a year now. and i am very disappointed in the lack of interest sony take into this phone, i live in the middle east and the ps pocket does not work. i am limited to 5 games on my phone if more it will say "no storage space" and the constant lag i get from the phone. i have grown bored of the phone and havent used the gamepad for months now. i truly regret that i bought this phone. and when they said no ics i just got furious for i have been waiting for it for months now. hoping for an upgrade. im throwing away this phone or use it for tests and buy an htc one x instead.
h3ll8lazer, 13 Aug 2012I say forget ics if you own a Play, the play works perfectly well the way it is. if your despe... moreWHY SUCH LONG WINDED speech .. u love sony ..so u do .. many feel deceived by sony fony -thats a harsh fact ..and u donot run sony business we r sure .. if u r a self appointed sony tout -- sorry 4 u .. btw- I have several retired old sony handsets -oldest being 15yrs old .. no more sony fony ..unless sony publically apologises and sony tell the truth about WHY NOT ICS FOR XPALY AS PROMISED INTIL 23May 2012 by sony ...pathetic excuses shame sony --world corp.-world leader in tech.