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 XPERIA PLAY NEWS

Verizon Xperia Plays finally get updated to Gingerbread 2.3.4

Just a month before Ice Cream Sandwich rollout begins

Product: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play | Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson
 
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Xperia Play, thumbnail 1
If you're an Xperia Play owner on US carrier Verizon, we've got good news: there's an update available for your handset.

Don't get too excited, though. This isn't the long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update, so you'll have to stop fantasising about Face Unlock and dreaming of an enhanced UI for now.

Instead, this OTA update for Verizon Xperia Plays brings the handset up to Android version 2.3.4. To check whether the update is available to download for your Play, bring up the 'settings' menu, tap 'About Phone', and then give the 'Software Update' option a good prod.

Pre-ICS snack

This latest update improves the Xperia Play's camera, allowing you to capture 720p video with continuous auto-focus and use the smartphone's right trigger as a shutter button.

Verizon has also stuffed some carrier-specific applications into the update for you, so you'll have to tolerate the presence of Verizon Video on Demand if you want Gingerbread 2.3.4. Oh, well.

If you're planning on updating your Xperia Play to ICS, you have 4-6 weeks to wait until the official rollout commences.

Verizon
 

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snowboard247 | 23:51 - 8 May 2012
how can i tell that im recording video at 720p? it looks exactly the same after the update.
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snowboard247 | 22:50 - 8 May 2012
how can i tell that video is now in 720p? looks the same
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aros | 15:16 - 8 May 2012
I can't seem to root on 2.3.4 which my replacement XP was on - watch out if you are thinking about updating. Hopefully this site publishes a guide to downgrading as none of the tools seem to work to root on 2.3.4
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adampsyreal | 12:31 - 6 May 2012
I plan to root, once XDA foots Sony's final official ICS Release for r800x.
+ GameKeyboard
- Bloatware
= Better Gaming
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adampsyreal | 13:12 - 2 May 2012
The r800x update Bloatware seems to take up about 15mb more memory.
So far; everything works fine.
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popeinnocentthethird | 17:19 - 1 May 2012
So how much bloatware comes with 2.3.4? What I really want to know is how it's going to affect my internal memory.
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Mateus | 15:44 - 1 May 2012
UK Xperia Play's are already on 2.3.4, so what's the big deal!? Oddly, the UK update didn't include the reported "use the smartphone's right trigger as a shutter button".
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mr_bez | 13:19 - 1 May 2012
Isn't this supposed to be a UK-centric site? What's with all the stories about US networks today - AT&T price cuts, Verizon software updates?
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