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Android PlayStation emulator PSX4Droid pulled from Market

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Of course there will be much speculation as to why Google would pull the Android Market App known as PSX4Droid. According to the applications creator ZodTTD, Google informed him that the reason the app was being pulled was because of “Content Policy violation.” More intriguing is the general statement Google sent out regarding the entire debacle: “We remove apps from Android Market that violate our policies.” What we would like to know is how come it took the company over eight months for them to take action about such a popular emulator. We’re pretty sure that they have gotten one too many requests from content providers to pull the offending emulator. Could the removal of the app coincide with the recent launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and its PlayStation network which is promising to bring many new applications and games to the Android Marketplace?

It’s easy to point fingers at Sony or Google getting cozy in bed and while many would like to speculate that Sony did have something to do with the removal of the app, others have pointed out that FPSe is still available in the Marketplace (at least at the time of this writing). So why no love for one and plenty of love for the other? It could be for a multitude of reasons including the fact that PSX4Droid is based off source from another emulator called PCSX which is released under the GPL license. PSX4Droid is not and it could be that this is a similar situation like the VLC media player app being pulled from the Apple App Store thanks to conflict of open source licensing.

In either case, courts have ruled that emulators do not actually break laws because they only provide a service even though they are mainly used to break copyright laws, much the same thing with P2P networks such as BitTorrent, LimeWire and others.

Sony Ericsson’s disturbing Xperia Play ad

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

It’s not the first time that Sony has risen to the top of controversy with its weird and disturbing commercials. Unfortunately, for the company’s lawyers and others in their PR team, Sony Ericsson has once again shot to the top of controversy thanks to the highly disturbing commercial that can be viewed below.

Is it just me or does the commercial seem to have not the slightest thing to do with the device it is advertising? Albeit, Android is included and in the closing seconds of the commercial we do see an Xperia Play playing some games at well over 50fps. But was it necessary to have a human’s thumbs sewed to a robot to carry across the point?

If Sony intends to raise awareness for the device by releasing some of the most disturbing commercials ever seen, they have hit gold. But something tells me that not everyone in Sony is happy about the commercial. That said, it would make sense to release a controversial and compelling commercial for such a device seeing it is not being marked to those who are riding the higher years of the rollercoaster. On the other hand, I fail to see who in Sony gave the go ahead for such a commercial seeing the company has gotten into plenty of trouble in recent years for its PS3 ads as well as it over sexualized Sony Ericsson ad.

At any rate, if the company was looking to stir up an ants nest, it did. However, for companies, not all publicity is good publicity and only time will tell whether or not this worked out in favor of Sony. Until the public gives it verdict, you can check out the commercial for yourself below and give your opinions below.

Source: Engadget

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro coming June 1st

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo has been slated for an April 1st release date (the irony) and even though many would expect a launch of the Pro version within the same time period, we’re hearing that the QWERTY version of the device, the Xperia Pro will not be shipping untila full two months later.

According to the Clove.co.uk, the Xperia Pro will not begin their travel from warehouses until the 1st of June. This will be a two months after the launch of the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo which will all hit retailers on the first of April. More importantly, the Xperia Pro will be fetching a higher price (you really didn’t expect a QWERTY keyboard to come free did you). According to said sources, the Pro will carry a price of £20 over its siblings. That means that the Pro should run a total of £420. But we should clarify that none of this has been confirmed by the boys at Sony, so it could turn out that some of the information is inaccurate.

Other than a touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard and a 1GHz processor, the Pro will carry an 8 megapixel camera on the rear that carries LED flash as well. Android Gingerbread 2.3 will be overlaid with Sony’s TimeScape UI and there is said to be 320MB of memory on board with the option to expand the total memory of the phone via a microSD card that supports card sizes of up to 32GB.

Lastly, we have no word on whether the Xperia Pro will be subsidized by any UK networks. But if the June 1st date holds to be true, that could explain why many are keeping quiet seeing that the date is a little less than three months away.

Source: Clove

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play up for preorder on Vodafone and Orange UK

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has been announced and detailed way before its official unveiling last week at Mobile World Congress. However, said phone became official and it was announced that Orange UK as well as Vodafone would be putting the device on their shelves in due season. That has now become true as the XPERIA Play is up for preorder on both networks and should eventually hit all the major UK carriers.

The Android powered device is set to hit both carries for no money up front if prospective buyers are willing to sign their lives away to a 2 year contract of £30.00/month. Orange is set to bundle the device with 500 anytime minutes and unlimited text as well as 500GB of data while Vodofone has decided not to be as aggressive and is handing over only 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.

When the device launches on the 28th of March, it is expected that there will be a lot of cheaper deals available that will include a wide variety of service providers as well as phone retailers and price points.

The Sony XPERIA Play will pack Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will sport a 1GHz processor as well as a 4 inch screen. The device is not is listed as just a regular cellphone but rather one that is geared towards gaming. The device will be launch with 30 game titles featuring publishers such as Activision, EA and others with many more titles to come on board in the coming months. Better yet, the games will also work on Sony’s Next Generation PlayStation Portable which is set to be released sometime in the holiday season of this year and will ditch the UMD drive for solid state storage.

Source: Mobiles.co.uk

02 exclusively stocking Xperia Play white edition

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Shortly after outing the Xperia’s Play April 1st release date O2 announced that it will be stocking the Xperia Play white edition exclusively. The UK cellular network did so via it’s Twitter page where the following tweet was posted: “Great news: not only will we be selling Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, we’ll have an exclusive white version!” Along with the tweet, a few press shots of the white Xperia Play were shown which seems to be making it to the market ahead of the Apple iPhone 4 white edition.

Except for the new paint job, the rest of specs will remain the same including Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a slide out PlayStation control and a 4-inch touchscreen. The device features a rear facing 5 megapixel cameras with the ability to capture HD content and a front facing camera for video calls and self-portraits over Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n or 3G, HSDPA. There is support for microSD cards of up to 32GB which should be more than enough room for all your old and ancient PS1 and PS2 games.

The Xperia Play is Sony Ericsson’s attempt to rival Apple in their dominance of the mobile gaming sector. Apple currently has the largest majority of cellphone games for any software platform on the mobile sphere and Android has been really lacking in that department. Thanks to close collaboration between Sony and Google however, many PlayStation titles will be making their way to Android and if we’re to believe Sony, games will not only run on the Xperia Play, but any device that is capable of the hardware requirements. Furthermore, Sony will have a dedicated application store where it will be able to deliver these titles to end users. The Xperia Play will be launching with over 30 titles initially with hundreds more to follow in the coming months.

Source: Twitter

EU pricing for Xperia Play, Pro and Neo discovered

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Even though Sony Ericcson came clean on the Xperia Play (Sony PlayStation Phone), the Pro and Neo, the company failed to offer pricing details on said devices. Of course, this could be because the devices are not in the final stages of software testing, even though they do have the latest hardware, or it could be that the company is just trying to drum up support for all three devices.

However, thanks to @aqnx, we are speculating that the prices for all three devices here in Europe could be as follows. The Xperia Play (to be expected), is the most expensive of the bunch with a suggested retail price of €649 which works out to be £546. The Xperia Arc will clock in at €599 or £546. As for the Xperia Pro, that will cost you a cool €499 or the equivalent of £420 while the Xperia Neo will ring up to €479 or £546.

If this pricing should hold true, it should be noted that it is still an MSRP (Manufactures Suggested Retail Price) and not an actual guarantee of what the price will be. But still it will be great to see these enter a world of Android which for the most part has been dominated by the likes of LG, Samsung and HTC. If Sony can get enough developers behind it’s gaming platform for Android and convince customers that said devices are indeed better than the competition, we could have ourselves a winner here. More importantly, seeing that the Next Generation PlayStation is going to support the same titles found on the Xperia Play it could mean a huge boost in sales for Sony. The Xperia Play will be launching sometime this year with over 30 titles on board initially.

Source: Xperia Blog

Sony Xperia Play

Friday, February 11th, 2011

By now we are all aware of the fact that Sony Ericsson has made the XPERIA play official. The company did so at last weekend’s Super Bowl where an ad depicting the device was shown to millions of hungry football fans.

In the commercial, a man was running along a dimly lit city street passing dingy workers rushing to deliver something to a surgeon. Only thing about the surgeon is he was grafting human legs and thumbs to a 3 foot replica of Google’s famous Android robot.

The commercial had been leaked before, but this was the first time that it as being shown in all its glory, err goriness. In the commercial, thanks to the thumbs from the human, the Android robot is able to use the XPERIA Play, yes, creepy, but then again we can always assume the limbs were from a cadaver so no harm done right? The Android robot seems delighted by the end of the commercial as its antenna continues flipping back and forth with glee.

And why not, after all, the phone it is using sports a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and all the power of the Android marketplace such as Gmail, GoogleTalk, GoogleVoice, Google Maps, Google Goggles, and if your phone is lost Outlook Mobile Security, not to mention the fact that gaming will now be second nature to Android, thanks to Sony’s resolution to bring the PlayStation world to Android.

Yes, the commercial is highly disturbing but I’m sure Sony achieved its objective, it had more than a few people talking about the commercial, and in today’s world, the more controversial a commercial is, the more effective it is as well. Then again Sony is no stranger to controversy, thanks to its previous PlayStation 3 commercials which dabbled in scenes from World War 2 which were none too pleasant.

Source: YouTube

Sony Xperia Play retail booths leaked

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Sony Ericsson is getting ready to release the Xperia Play which is their answer to nothing on the market seeing it will be one of the few phones that have been dedicated to gaming. The last attempt made by Nokia and the N-Gage didn’t work out as well as they wanted and at such it was discontinued. But with Sony’s large pockets and the fact that they are a veteran in the gaming industry, hopefully this might be a better attempt, one that actually ticks.

That said, images of the Xperia Play (aka The PSP Phone) have leaked out for some time now and the device has even been given quite extensive demos of not only the Android software, but the gaming strengths of the device.

And now we have images of what the retail booths for the Xperia Play should look like. The retail booths have images of games on the front of them along with booths on top for three Xperia Play devices. With paperwork under them explaining the internals and highlights of the devices.

Interestingly, there is an image of T-Mobile’s logo on the side of the booths. Call us suckers but we wouldn’t be surprised if this device were heading solely to T-Mobile in the United States and Europe. Such a move makes us wonder if SE is planning to make this exclusive or not as it is imperative for them to have a multicarrier portfolio in order for this device to provide real competition in a world where carrier exclusives devices are quickly coming to an end.

We’ll just have to wait and see what comes out of this. Thankfully, it is less than two weeks till Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain and  Sony Ericsson will be there, so stay tuned.

Source: All About Phones

Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 up for order on Play.com

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Sony might be spending much time developing their PSP phone which will feature an Android operating system as well as the company’s personal software. That does not mean the outfit is letting the rest of its mobile division hang in the balance.

Play.com, an online warehouse that prides itself on offering free delivery on everything currently has the Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 Arc for £459.99 with free shipping. The expected ship date is April 1st 2011 and as such the phone is also discounted 8% according to Play.com which claims the device normal MSRP is £499.99.

The specs of the Xperia X12 Arc read very compelling. At the base of the system is a 1GHz processor along with 512MB of RAM and dimensions that read 125 x 63 x 8.7 mm. The weight is 117g and the screen is scratch resistant as well as sporting a Sony Ericsson Bravia Display. The cellular radio on the device is quad-band supporting the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz spectrums.

Other details include an 8 megapixel camera on the back of the phone which will be able to shoot 720p video. Wi-Fi is included in the 802.11b/g/n flavors along with Bluetooth v2.1 with support for A2DP. For transferring of tunes and such from a computer to the device, there is a microUSB 2.0 slot and the phone will sport an 8GB microSD card which can be increased up to 32GB.

Android’s Gingerbread v2.3 flavor will come standard and along with that the support for Flash Player v10.1. And for those who still listen to radios, there is an FM tuner included with RDS support.

Last but not least, the 1500mAh batter is rated at 400 hours of standby time on 3G and up to 7 hours of standby time on 3G. Playing music on a the battery can be done for up to 31 hours.

Via: Play.com

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Reviewed Again

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Details continue to leak about the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, the PSP Phone that everyone has been talking about for a couple of years now. The latest leaks come to us via ePrice which had a chance to take the device for a spin including giving some measurements and testing out the device.

Like noted before, the device will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on top a 1GHz processor with a 4-inch display giving all the awesome details in a resolution of 854 x 480. There are slide out PSP controls, much like what you would see on the PSP Go. There is a 5 megapixel camera on the back as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack and standard 1500mAh battery. The Xperia Play peasures 12cm tall and 10cm wide when open.

Obviously, the device is going to be focused on entertainment and gaming and thanks to more game specific API’s in Android 2.3, it is clear that the Xperia Play could be one of the many gaming centric devices to be released with Android running the show.

Little is known so far concerning whether the Xperia Play will have a dedicated app store or if Sony Ericsson will have some type of software built on top of Android where it can run its games specifically for the Xperia Play platform.

With Apple and Microsoft being the two biggest players in the mobile gaming department, Android has been playing catchup, but thanks to close collaboration between the Mountain View and Tokyo companies, the Sony Xperia Play will bridge that gap as Sony is betting big bucks on this device.

Other rumors say that the Xperia Play’s design might in fact be very close to that of the PSP 2 which is said to be currently in the works.

Via: pocketnow