O2 Delays Their Xperia Play Release

Those expecting to pick up an Xperia Play on an O2 tariff this week are in for a slice of disappointment, as the release date has been pushed back to an unspecified point. Apparently this is due to a number of bugs in the phone’s software. Stuart Hibberd, head of O2’s testing team, had the following to say:

“Sometimes we discover bugs and issues on a phone. This is perfectly normal – bugs can appear in every form of software. When we discover these issues we work with our phone manufacturer partners to fix them and make sure that O2 customers will have the best possible experience when they use their phone.

This is what has happened with the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY. We’ve been testing the phone non-stop for weeks and have found some bugs in the software that, if they’re not fixed, means customers won’t have a great experience. We’ve been working with Sony Ericsson to get these bugs ironed out, but haven’t been able to get them fixed in time for us to be able to launch the phone on April 1st as we originally planned.”

We have been told to expect updates over the course of the next couple of weeks.

Source: O2 Blog



  1. weeks?! not that i was going to get one, but this would be quite a disappointment for those who are.

    oh well, maybe it will be the first sony ericsson phone to not have any bugs, there were always issues with all their phones in the past that either I or my friends have owned

  2. Is the phone an o2 exclusive?

  3. I am easy, looking forward to getting one of these phones…

  4. Oops. Not a good start is it. I’ve got to say though I don’t understand this. Don’t Sony Ericsson test their phones before release? If so, why haven’t they noticed the same bugs. If they don’t test them, why the hell not?

    • I’d say a delayed start is better than a start with annoying bugs in the system. What’s really interesting is the fact that other carriers seem to release the phone on schedule so one has to wonder if the o2 specific add-on stuff that comes preloaded with the phone has problems or if the other carriers just don’t care about potential problems with the underlying Android / PS Suite.

  5. Well that is better than the approach of “release now, patch later” like we almost expect these days from current gen console games.

    Better they fix any issues now because I would imagine bad word of mouth could considerably damage a phone’s reputation is such a competitive market.

  6. Xperia phones have been buggy as hell up to now, even to the point of being taken off the shelves at UKs 2 biggest retailers, (in fact from my time managing a repair centre, out of the 10 least reliable phones ever a unhealthy amount of them are Sony Ericsson) shame they still haven’t got their act together.

    Sony Ericsson & phones just don’t mix

  7. I’m guessing that when it is released it will still be buggy. I had a Satio and can honestly say it was the worst phone I have ever had. Very buggy and didn’t work properly. Had it exchanged 5 times and never improved even after patches.

    After that I decided to give SE another chance and got a Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro. Although better than the Satio it was still pretty ropey. I completely lost faith in them after this.

    • Surely a 5th time you could have blagged a new phone?
      My Aino’s currently in for fixing, touch screen’s died, making it very awkward to use and the screen doesn’t go into stand-by, making the battery go quite fast.

      • Yeah I did. Got the Xperia X10 Mini Pro. Which I ended up getting rid of as well due to it’s under par performance.

  8. I used to work for SE, I’m not at all surprised by this.

  9. well thats BS as they clearly didn’t test OS6 for Blackberry… its got memory leaks and glitches galore!

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