Sony Ericsson Xperia Play: O2 UK Release Date Delayed

By Posted 25 Mar 2011, 21:29

We have some rather disappointing news now for those of you that live in the UK and were hoping to pick up the much-awaited Sony Ericsson Xperia Play phone from O2 next week, as the network has just announced that the release date has now been delayed.

According to Kate Solomon over at techradar.com, the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) run handset was due to go on sale as from Friday, April 1st, but O2 decided to delay the UK release after they discovered software bugs that were causing issues with the performance of the Xperia Play.

Stuart Hibberd – the head of the network’s testing team – said that the company had been testing the phone non-stop for several weeks, and discovered bugs in the software. Hibberd claimed that if the bugs were not fixed, customers would not have a great experience.

He continued on to explain that the team had been working with Sony Ericsson in order to fix the said bugs, but unfortunately had not been able to get them ironed out in time for them to launch the handset on April 1st as the company had originally scheduled.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play comes with six pre-installed games, and features a slide out gaming controller and a full touch screen. If you didn’t already know, O2 customers will also be able to pick up the O2-exclusive white version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at some stage.