Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies Now Made Available For All Android Devices


Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies has lost its exclusivity to Sony’s Xperia Play and is now made available to all devices. Finally, we can all partake in yet another zombie shoot-em-up game style. While the price is a little steep for a mobile game at $7, that’s all you have to pay to fully enjoy the game and not have to mess around with in-app purchases.

You can grab the game via the QR code or download link after the break! Read more

Dead Trigger Update Incoming; Brings Adreno-205 support, new guns, new zombies, and much more


Madfinger Games’ newest mobile gaming masterpiece Dead Trigger is receiving a hefty update very soon. If you haven’t already purchased this gem of a game, then maybe this update will finally persuade you. Dead Trigger is a game with wonderful graphics and set in a zombie apocalyptic world where you shoot up as many zombies as you can while staying alive. Any Walking Dead fans out there?

This update also brings support for devices that don the Adreno 205 GPU (Snapdragon S2 processor) such as the Sony Xperia Play and numerous popular HTC phones such the T-Mobile myTouch 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Desire HD, etc. The update brings the game to versions 1.1.0 and Madfinger was kind enough to provide a changelog ahead of it’s impending release:  Read more

Xperia Play Android 4.0 Upgrade Has Been Canceled

Sony Mobile has confirmed that the Xperia Play’s upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been canceled, leaving the PlayStation-certified smartphone on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony explains that compatibility and stability issues with the Play’s gaming features are to blame.

Other 2011 Xperia phones are still on track to receive the upgrade to ICS, including the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Active. These devices will begin receiving an optional 4.0.4 update through the PC Companion app starting next week.

Existing Xperia devices already running 4.0.3 will be getting an update to 4.0.4 around the same time frame. These devices include the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray, and Xperia Neo V.

Late June is the date for the Xperia S to get ICS, and the Xperia P and Xperia U should receive it in Q3.

source: sony blog


Sony Xperia Play from Verizon Wireless receives new Software Update


A software update is now available for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. This latest version (4.0.2.E.0.57) brings many enhancements. Your device will be upgrading to Gingerbread 2.3.4, receiving some camera improvements, resolving a charging issue and more. Along with these fixes, on the downside you’ll also be getting a little more bloat, such as VZ Navigator updates, and Verizon Wireless Video on Demand. Guess you have to take the good with the not so good? See more details on the latest version below:


  • Verizon Wireless Video on Demand now comes preloaded.
  • Improved user experience and new delivery method of preloaded games.
  • When connected via Bluetooth®, the Music Player now supports Fast Forward and Rewind.
  • VZ Navigator® has been updated with the latest 3D map improvements.

Device Operation

  • Upgraded to Gingerbread 2.3.4 operating system.
  • A long-press of the power button will successfully capture a screen shot.
  • Charging issues forcing device to remain in landscape mode have been resolved.
  • Recommended contacts now populate correctly when using the dialpad.
  • Camera Improvements: Right trigger successfully captures a picture / Record video in 720p with continuous auto-focus.
  • Device is now enabled with the Wireless Emergency Alerting System.
  • Mobile Hotspot ID broadcast can be turned off to increase security

So if you’re ready to upgrade, and are into waiting for that notification icon alerting you, you can manually check for version 4.0.2.E.0.57. From the main screen do the following: Menu > Settings > Software Update > Update Now >Check for Updates.

source: verizon



Was Sony Pondering Development Of A Playstation Phone With Two Keyboards? A Patent Filed In 2010 Suggests It Was

Well well well, what do we have here? This device looks as if it is the Playstation Phone that never came to fruition. Sony was apparently out to show it still has some tricks up its sleeve back in 2010 by filing a patent for not one, but two sliders on its devices such as the Xperia Play. Many of you are wondering why in the world Sony would file a patent for two sliding keyboards. Basically, Sony was interested in creating a technology that allows for a separate gamepad and full QWERTY keyboard, so it filed for patent approval with the USPTO which is described as:

“A device comprising: an upper unit having a display screen thereon; a first slidable unit having a first keypad thereon, the first slidable unit being slidably connected to the upper unit on a side opposite the display screen, the first slidable unit being movable between a closed position in which the upper unit generally overlies the first keypad and an open position in which the first keypad is positioned generally adjacent the display screen; and a second slidable unit having a second keypad thereon, the second slidable unit being slidably connected to the upper unit and the first slidable unit; the second slidable unit being movable between a closed position in which the upper unit generally overlies the second keypad and an open position in which the second keypad is positioned generally adjacent the display screen”

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Sony Xperia PLAY Gets Ice Cream Sandwich Beta

In a page right out of the Android openness handbook, Sony released an official beta of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 today for anyone who owns an unlocked Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Seems like Sony decided to get feedback from beta testers on how games perform on the device with ICS. Making this update available so openly comes at a cost, however, in the form of some pretty serious sounding disclaimers and caveats.

You must unlock your phone using our Unlock boot loader service, and agree to all the legal and warranty conditions that apply. Please note that you may void the warranty of your phone, any warranty from your operator or both if you unlock the boot loader of your phone. Sony Mobile can then no longer guarantee the full functionality of your phone, and will not be responsible for any unusable functions or loss of personal data associated to the beta ROM being flashed to the phone. 

They go on to drop this little bomb:

Also, if you unlock the boot loader, you will not be able to download and install the final Ice Cream Sandwich software upgrade for Xperia™ phones. 

So be warned, getting in early has its risks, though I believe Sony is just trying to cover their butts with this strong wording. Plus, there are methods of re-locking your boot loader, so you can most likely get back to a stock state and install the final release when it comes out, but I’m just guessing.

If you’re good with all this and know what you’re doing, then get your ICS on by downloading the beta from the source link below.

source: sonymobile blog

Playstation Store Games Officially Available For Sony Xperia S Smartphone


Playstation certification for the newly launched Sony Xperia S in Europe (and it’s Japanese Xperia Acro HD cousin) was a given, it was just a matter of when. It looks like the time has come for the smartphone to finally receive that coveted Playstation certification. The gang at Android Central reports the placeholder link on the app drawer in the device will now take you to you guessed it– the Playstation Store where the PS Pocket app can be downloaded. As with any 3rd party app store, you’ll simply need to enable Non-Market applications by going to your Settings and then Applications in order to get started. Then you go to the “Let’s Start PS Store” in the app tray. After that, it’s just a matter of downloading a few more apps which let you buy and play games and bam– you’re all set to enjoy all of that Playstation goodness on your phone.

Keep in mind, you’ll need a PS Network or Sony Entertainment Network account in order to access Sony’s library of games, which is currently limited to a dozen or so games. And even then, some of the available games are still limited to the Xperia Play, so that number really shrinks a bit more. Still, Xperia S (and Acro HD) owners will now have yet another reason to waste time thanks to the newfound availability of awesome Playstation games.

source: Android Central

Is This the Xperia Play 2?

The folks at Concept-Phones got their hands on a picture of what is rumored to be the Xperia Play 2, Sony’s follow-up to the Playstation-certified, PSP-like Xperia Play. It is unsure whether this image is a concept render or the real thing. Heck, could be a fake for all we know, but it does look fairly legit. Have a look below and decide for yourself.

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Verizon Set To Train Employees On 4G Xperia Play

This little tidbit of news certainly is going to be a doozy for Big Red customers. As if the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play wasn’t enough, we just got a tip that Verizon is prepping their employees for training on a new Xperia Play variation. Employees are advised of a registration for December 12th and 14th training dates for a specific device. What’s the significance of the training for this specific device, you ask? Well kids– this new specific device is a 4G variation of the Xperia Play. Yes you read right– the gaming phone is set to run on Verizon’s blazing fast LTE network. One can only imagine the speed and smoothness of the multiplayer battles on Big Red’s network. Sheesh. Customers should be able to see the new phone in the very near-future. Stay tuned with Talk Android for any news and follow-up for this exciting variation of the gaming phone.

[via Android Central]