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O2 Postpones Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Launch

O2 has announced on Friday that it will not launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on Friday 1st of April because of software problems that are impacting on the phone's overall performance.

The head of O2's testing group, Stuart Hibberd, confirmed (opens in new tab) in a blog that "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."

He added that "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."

Hibberd did not say whether the bugs were found in Sony Ericsson's proprietary Android gaming suite or in Android itself.

The Xperia Play will be the first mobile device to ship with a Playstation certification and will come with six preloaded games; O2 has the exclusivity on the white version of the phone.

Other mobile phone networks haven't yet reported any issues with their versions of the Xperia Play. The latter was unveiled at MWC earlier this year and comes with a rather elegant slide out keypad that should enthuse hardcore gamers.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.