Verizon Xperia PLAY launching with stock Android in mid-April

by XB on 22nd March 2011

in Android, Games, Hands On, Videos, Xperia PLAY

Verizon Xperia PLAYWell we didn’t see this one coming. It seems that in order to appeal to the US punters, Verizon’s Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY will launch with stock Android 2.3.2 (Gingerbread) in mid-April. This is in stark contrast to the European/Asian version of the Xperia PLAY which will come with Sony Ericsson’s skin.

This means no Timescape and no Sony Ericsson browser. It also highlights that perhaps the Xperia PLAY was really in line to be the next Google hero phone as we reported earlier. We have to admit to feeling a tinge of jealousy given that US folk will be getting a stock Android experience. Although, if it is a success, maybe this is something we’ll see globally in a future Sony Ericsson handset.

There is nothing different to the hardware, although the Verizon branding is apparent on the slide out controls. There will also be some Verizon apps on the handset including V Cast and visual voicemail. Like the global version, the Xperia PLAY will launch with six games including Crash Bandicoot. FIFA 10 is likely to be replaced by Madden NFL 11. Other games include Tetris, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline and Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior. Check out some previews of the Verizon Xperia PLAY below.

Via Engadget, IntoMobile, Pocket-Lint and Unwired View.

  • Sounds awesome to me, wish the ARC will get that special Treatment. as different you might think the skins make, it has much more negatives. who uses time scape? and who uses Sony browser? and would you not wait for an updated android once it happens? i am one of those who can’t and obsessed with the look.

    perhaps and excelence in customer service, competitive pricing and more unique benifits to the owners (online back up, special games and so) would really make the phone different from other android handsets.

  • Gabriel

    What’s so special about stock Android? There’s nothing in it! I love the Sony Ericsson modifications like Timescape and much more!

  • Updates are out as fast as the nexus phones :D

  • Anonymous

    Just out of curiosity, how did you arrive at a mid-April release date? The VZ PR folks mentioned nothing but ‘coming soon’ last night at CTIA. None of your source articles mentioned a Q2 release either.

  • Anonymous

    Oops, we missed the Pocket-Lint post where we picked this up. It’s added to the post above.

  • Anonymous

    VZ was purportedly to be first to get the device when it was announced at MWC. Super lame. Lucky Brits!

  • no instead it ships with a lightly skined verizon bloat i want timescape

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