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Erich, 10 Aug 2012In brazil the phone do not received the update for android 2.3.4!!sonyfony did NOT relesse any update over 234 gingerbread for xplay -- anywhere in the world -as far as we know even tough sonyfony promised upto 23may 2012 in all emails to us that ics update for xplay was due very soon .. on 24may 2012 sonyfony quietly omitted xplay from update list .. SONYFONY IS SLY ..
that's right. sony has abandoned the play and its users. no profit, no support. that is their motto.
they don't care if you're still under contract paying for a phone slashed of its future compability and potential.
the very least they could do was updating kernel and adreno gpu drivers, which are ready for months.
they simply don't care about the phone anymore. let's face it. it's got nothing to do with the gamepad.
there's capitalism thought for you.
you may submit to it, you may think there's nothing you can do to change it.
just have some integrity and don't defend it!
Very disappointed with Sony.
We were completely let down as they've stpped all support for this - not so long ago - flagship model.
Abandoning customers after failing to keep their promises deserves the ill reputation sony's getting.
This phone is everywhere on second hand cheap sales as owners are trying to keep uptaded by buying some other brand.
If sony's abandoned their promises and neglected their customers, it is definitely time for customers, as myself, to look elsewhere.
Due to my experience, I cannot recommend any Sony phone, as the brand is NOT trustworthy.
Sony? Keep away from them.
s, 08 Aug 2012P.s Again for all the moaners u cud go to the great dev site which prob has ics available for ... moreS- STOP calling other commmentors MOANERS-U R ARROGANT AND IGNORANT .. if u like xperiaplay so much -buy 100 and give to ur neighbours as xmas presents .. others posters have genuine experinces and views .. STOP TALKING NONSENSE ABOUT OTHER POSTERS . learn some basic manners . ITS UPTO sony to be truthful with sony customers --sony must never be SLY SONY FONY ..or indeed any other handset makers or service providers .. this 2012.
P.s Again for all the moaners u cud go to the great dev site which prob has ics available for this fone and theres kernels that support bravia enhancement technology for play aswell. I have not done this as I believe its good the way it is. My opinion Ics wud slow the fone down, even the original i9000 didnt get ics and the common factor 512 ram.
Quite a few games can now be downloaded from the playstation store. Although they are ps1 games hopefully psp and ps2 releases will appear soon.
Let's not forget that when we bought our phones we were assured it would get the ICS upgradeand we did PAY for it.
Missing ou on ICS, we'll be missing out on all new, upcoming games, whether they could be played via gamepad or not.
Sony has shamelessly abandoned this phone, presenting a shallow excuse and forgetting all that had repeatedly advertised.
They know that "where there's a will, there is a way!"
It is important that customers all over the world get to know what a company like sony has done.
They are not trustworthy.
Sony has lied and deceived all those who've bought this phone.
I hope sony won't get away with it.
There should be no impunity when large companies lie and deceive their customers.
I'm sure this is not the worst case and it won't be the last one, but it is typical:
release an innovative phone - publicise it as future-proof and then... if it doesn't sell well... just drop it.
This is a horrible phone. Camera is amazing. Do not get this phone if you are not a gamer. All my home screen buttons are shot, it freezes constantly, glitches, "force close" popups. I have had this phone for 3 months.
Please read latest international articles this week -search via google- on ANDROID GNGERBREAD ICS AND JELLYBEAN .. clearly say gingerbread 2.3.4 (xperia play)
2 years behind old outdated but updatable to ICS if makers (like sony ) want to update 234 to ics 4.0.3.
GOOGLE NEXUS S older than xperiaplay has been updated to JELLYBEAN 4.1.1 SUCCESSFULLY by google ..england saying ==will==way .. simple ..and sonytrollers fanboys still dancing on their heads ..
I had a samsung wave before and just got the xperia play a month ago and all i can say is that its a great device...ok its tru sony wont support it much and its got no radio but then, its a gaming fone and it plays PS1 games flawlessly and also, u can play all the other games nicely with that gamepad and thats wt this phone is built for. Even the sound quality is good with my skullcandy headphones. Screen quality is not that impressive but i guess thats cuz m comparing with Super-AMOLED..but still its OK. So, i have no regrets with my purchase. If i wanted a snazzy phone, i culdve got the Arc S or the Sola. To all those hardocre gamers who just want a hand held console with a phone, go for this. If you want all the updates and snazzy stuff, see something else.
i had this phone but sold it knowing sony,had an x8 and xperia mini pro, sony has mislead about alot of products, ps3 mobile phones and vita,the vita is cheaper than the xplay here, stop supporting companies that dont support you, buy a samsung or google phone.
What I really Like about the phone is its own uniqueness compare to other phones,some phones do look like the same and sometimes u don't see differences unless You use it,this phone is an exeptional,hope Sony will able to come up w/ same phone with upgraded everything to compete w/ the new phones coming out these days.Just don't mislead customers again,coz,its really frustrating.
upset, 31 Jul 2012carrie == issue is not or be content .. if world follows ur policy then there shall be no pro... morei know we are looking forward on getting good phones,its my opinion not yours,so what r u implying?if u dnt like Sony as a Company then go somewhere else.if u don't want to buy there products then do so.Its ur money that u will be spending anyway.
SONY FONY has just eaten its words on some updates but not xperiaplay ..if xplay customers keep the pressure up then may be xplay shall live bit longer ..lets rock and make sony fony twist again ..
Nice and very true information thanks gsmarena . I bought this xperia play and enjoying its great feature.SE's mobile is the best gadget .its true.my k810i is active with 7 years no problem atall it give me ! Thank you gsmarena
zulkhairi, 31 Jul 2012why xperia play don't have vido call...???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!
Carrie =), 31 Jul 2012Well,amidst of all the trolls,the phn is still a nice phn,i still enjoy playing games on it,th... morecarrie == issue is not or be content .. if world follows ur policy then there shall be no progress made . issue is sony dishonest excuses and betrayals of life long sony customers and sony sly announcements --sony ought to be honest upfront and decent as worlds major corp. sony customers relations are appalling disgrace .sony are expected to be world leaders -not world cheaters ...