Sony Scraps Android 4.0 for Xperia Play Due to Gaming Issues
Sony Mobile today confirmed that it no longer plans to update the Xperia Play smartphone to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In an email sent to Phone Scoop, a Sony Mobile spokesperson explained, "Ice Cream Sandwich demands more from the phone hardware than Gingerbread. Android 4.0 is a more powerful OS and thus, more resource intensive - applications require more RAM, CPU power, and network bandwidth. From internal testing and feedback from the developer community on the beta ROM software release, we have seen a significant decline in user experience when running high performance games, as they are more demanding on the hardware. As gaming content is so integral to the core Xperia Play proposition, we cannot recommend an upgrade." Sony has been actively updating much of its Xperia line of devices to Android 4.0, and even supplied a beta ICS update to the Xperia Play earlier this year. Sony's decision affects all variants of the Xperia Play, including those sold by AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the U.S.
from Sony Mobile
more info at The Verge »
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
Review: Sony Xperia X - Unlocked
The Xperia X is an unlocked Android smartphone that Sony is selling directly to consumers. The phone departs from Sony's Xperia Z series in ways that are both good and bad.
Hands On with the Sony Xperia XZ
Sony's newest flagship-class device is the Xperia XZ. This phone builds on the design and features we saw in the Xperia X earlier this year and makes strides with the camera and video camera tools.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
Sony Xperia Phones Can Now Broadcast Games to Twitch
Sony today announced a new partnership with Twitch that will let select Xperia smartphones broadcast gameplay directly to Twitch. Twitch has allowed Android devices to view gameplay before, Sony's Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4, and Xperia Z4v smartphones, and the Xperia Z4 Tablet can now push Android games to Twitch live.
Sony is just lazy