The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will not be available on the day of launch on O2, after network tests uncovered bugs in the handset’s operating system.
After years of waiting, the so-called PlayStation phone is finally due to land in the UK on contract deals starting April 1st. But while, T-Mobile, 3, Vodafone and Orange are all going ahead with the launch, O2 is holding fire in a bid to iron out last-minute glitches before making it available to customers.
A blog post from Stuart Hibberd, head of testing at O2, stated: "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.”
It’s not yet clear when O2 will be able to start selling the phone, but the operator noted that it is working with Sony Ericsson “over the next couple of weeks” and that it’ll be issuing availability updates and progress reports via its blog.
Available to pre-order now, the Play packs the latest 2.3 version of Android (AKA Gingerbread), dedicated gaming controls, a pin-sharp four-inch Bravia touchscreen and access to the PlayStation Suite games download store.
O2 is selling an exclusive version of the Play in white.