The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is nothing new on the trade-show floor, but a Verizon-branded version of it is. We caught some footage and pics of the Xperia Play and had some good play time with the device here at CTIA 2011.
We found the Xperia Play to be running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread; specifically, it was running 2.3.2. In fact, it is almost completely vanilla Android, with a few tweaks here and there to make room for the specific Xperia Play experience; for instance, when opening the slider, you’re automatically taken to the Xperia Play section, which lets you choose between several games already installed or pre-loaded on the device and the option to download new games.
There’s really no other surprises to the Verizon-branded Play besides the obligatory bloatware, but even that isn’t much of a shocker. I do enjoy the fact that Sony Ericsson kept this phone relatively free of UI overlays, unlike other members of the Xperia lineup.
Sony Ericsson representatives on hand could not specify a date or pricing yet, but the firmware on the Play looks pretty close to final; no bugs could be seen, and all of Verizon’s usual apps and bloatware are already on it.
Look on below for the full video showing off the Xperia Play, with some extra pictures.
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