AT&T Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play 4G With Android 2.3 Gingerbread announced; Price and Release date yet unknown
After Samsung, Sony Ericsson is the next manufacturer which is likely to bring Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread to its smartphones launched this year. The reason I use silent announcement is because there is no press release for this thing. It just kind of showed up at a holiday preview event in New York City and one that Engadget just so happened to be at.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play for AT&T will come sporting Android 2.3 Gingerbread, making it only the second Android 2.3 device to launch on the network. The first being the HTC Status also known as the Facebook phone. The Xperia Play will also run on AT&T’s HSPA+ “4G” network that boasts theoretical speeds of up to 21Mbps.It is unlikely that Gingerbread will ever come to the X8, the X10 Mini Pro or the X10 Mini. Don’t discount the X10 though as it has a large enough screen and just enough system storage for Gingerbread.
That minor upgrade will fix a number of bugs and vulnerabilities and will bring in some new features like Sony’s audio filter technology, xLOUD and webcam functionality. It’s worth noting that there are rumours of an Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 being developed already, and that by the end of the year both Honeycomb, Google’s mobile platform for tablets, and Gingerbread will be merged into one single entity called Ice Cream Sandwich.
Well, there is no release date yet and no pricing but there are a few details that have been confirmed. It’s going to arrive with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and it’s going to be compatible with AT&T’s 21MBps HSPA+ 4G network. It’ll also come in two colors – black and blue.