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It looks like ZTE (makers of the ZTE Racer) is planning to launch a gaming phone that rivals Sony’s XPERIA Play.
On Twitter, ZTE UK tweeted, “The countdown has begun! 6 days left until you can have one of the MOST ADVANCED GAMING SMARTPHONES in your hands!”
Sony was the first manufacturer to create a smartphone built around gaming. The Android handset sports a slide-out gamepad. Sadly, the device failed to win the hearts of the consumer. Will ZTE succeed where Sony has failed?
Although ZTE has not disclosed any details on their new device, its possible ZTE’s gaming phone will sport a quad-core processor just like the Samsung Galaxy S3 to attract buyers. The company will be launching an event in London next week. We’ll know by then what this new gaming phone has to offer.
Sony has rolled out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) beta version for the PlayStation-certified XPERIA Play. This allows the phone’s owners to get a glimpse of the latest version of Android on their phones before the official update goes live.
On Sony’s developer site, the Japanese company explains how to install the beta version on the Play. However, the company also warns that installing the beta version of ICS on the handset should only be done by experienced developers. The company gave the same warning when they rolled out the beta version of ICS to other XPERIA handsets such as the Arc S, Ray, and Neo V.
Sony says, “This is not final software, and the stability of the software may not be ideal as it has not been finally tested and bugfixed.” Sony adds that installing the beta version of ICS will require users to unlock the phone’s bootloader, which may void its warranty.
Sony is also trying to optimise the Play’s console-like controls for Android 4.0. It says, “We do know that some games will need to be optimised to work fine with ICS.”
Although this may be too late to salvage Sony Ericsson’s failed attempt to make the XPERIA Play a crowd favourite, but at least it gives the handset’s owners a chance to experience Ice Cream Sandwich.
Have you installed Ice Cream Sandwich beta on your Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play? Tell us what you think through a comment.
The partnership between Japan and Sweden, Sony Ericsson, has stated its PlayStation-certified smartphone the XPERIA Play does not need a sequel. The company adds that the handset can take on the competition’s current flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 and the HTC Sensation.
Talking to Erogamer, one of the company’s executives said, “This device, with the GPU integration, has been optimized for gameplay.
“It’s not going to be outperformed that quickly.”
We concur that Sony Ericsson doesn’t need to make an XPERIA Play. However, our reasons are different. Its software is the main problem. It wasn’t up to par with our expectations. Not even a single launch title of the Play reached a thousand downloads.
With the launching of highly popular game titles such as Minecraft exclusively for the Play in a limited period may make the smartphone more attractive. However, we’re not sure for how long. Since the iPhone 5 is on the horizon, with a number of popular games available to the platform, the attention the Play might be enjoying will shift back to the new iOS-powered smartphone.
If you are one of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play owners, are you satisfied with the games available to the Play, or are you still dissatisfied? Let us know how you feel.