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O2 Almost Ready To Ship Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Mobile phone Operator O2 has confirmed that it has almost completely ironed out software bugs that it found in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone.

This is just as well, as other network operators apparently also had issues with the phone, but they were blamed on logistical shipping problems linked to the earthquake that hit Japan last month, wreaking havoc on Sony Ericsson's supply chain.

Stuart Hibberd, head of O2’s testing team, said in a blog post (opens in new tab) that they have received a new software update from Sony Ericsson for the Play, one that fixes a lot of bugs that "would have stopped our customers having a great experience when they use the PLAY".

He added that they will be publishing prices and specific release dates soon, and in the meantime interested parties can register their interest on O2's dedicated Play page (opens in new tab). Note that O2 will be the only operator to have the Xperia Play in white.

The Xperia Play, also known as the PSP Phone, is the first mainstream handset to come with a proper gaming keypad, one which is directly derived from the award winning PSP range.

It runs on Android 2.3, runs on a 1GHz single core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, comes with six preloaded games, a five megapixel camera with flash and a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen.

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.