Introducing the Sony Xperia PLAY

Sony’s Xperia PLAY is the world’s first Playstation Certified smartphone. Having a dedicated gaming device that doubles as a phone is a great asset for those constantly on the move. The PLAY is powered by a Snapdragon processor with a 1Ghz CPU an embedded Adreno GPU graphics processor and comes loaded with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and has a 4″ touch screen interface, along with dedicated gaming keys.

The Xperia PLAY seems to a be promising product, especially when it comes to filling gaps between dedicated gaming devices and smartphones.

Nokia had tried earlier with their dedicated N-Gage device and the N-Gage gaming platform, which they rolled into Ovi Store. They didn’t make much of a dent in the gaming market at that point. Sony should fare better with this with their prior experience with their PlayStation platform and the PSP hand-held gaming device. They can cross-sell this device with their existing Playstation user-base.

Some of the main Content partners at launch include:

Sony Computer Entertainment,  Digital Chocolate, Electronic Arts, Gameloft Glu Mobile, Handy Games and Namco Bandai apart from others.  So it definitely looks like the Xperia PLAY will definitely not have any shortage of high qualite gaming titles at its disposal

Specifications of the Xperia PLAY

Screen

  • 854 x 480 pixels
  • 4.0″ 16,777,216 colour TFT Memory
  • Phone memory up to 400MB
  • microSD™ (supported to 32GB)

Camera

  • 5.1 megapixel camera
  • Auto focus
  • Flash / Photo light

Networks

  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS/HSPA 800/850/1900/2100
  • UMTS/HSPA 900/2100

Size & Weight

  • 119.0 x 62.0 x 16.0 mm
  • 175.0 gr

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Google’s very own Picasso gets artistic with the Gingerbread SDK

Google loves putting Easter eggs into their products, and whoever sneaked this late Halloween piece into the official Gingerbread SDK release over at Google is a real master.

Some genius at Google got real artistic and tucked in a little gem of an image deep in the Gingerbread SDK. It’s buried way down at platforms/android-9/data/res/drawable-nodpi/platlogo.jpg in the Gingerbread SDK, and woe is the person who has it pop up on their phone! Well, its difficult to say whether this image will give you nightmares or a nice chuckle, but whoever did this, kudos to you Sir/Madam .. A Picasso in the making???

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Nexus S officially here!

After tons of rumors and leaks over the past few months, the Nexus S is officially here!

In case you didn’t know, it’s the Nexus One replacement.

Thanks to the Official Google Blog, we now have details of the phone. And it looks to be killer. It’s the first device to run Android 2.3 aka “Gingerbread”. And since it is not “Skinned” by the manufacturer, it will deliver the “Pure Google” experience, much like the Nexus One.

First up, here are some specs for you:

Processor and memory

  • 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
  • 16GB iNAND flash memory

Display

  • 4.0″ WVGA (480×800)
  • Contour Display with curved glass screen
  • Super AMOLED
  • 235 ppi
  • Capacitive touch sensor
  • Anti-fingerprint display coating

Hardware

  • Haptic feedback vibration
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Light sensor

Software

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Android Market
  • Calendar
  • Gmail
  • Google Earth
  • Google Maps with Navigation
  • Google Search
  • Google Talk
  • Google Voice
  • Voice Actions
  • YouTube

Cameras and multimedia

  • Back-facing: 5 megapixels (2560×1920)
  • 720 x 480 video resolution
  • H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • Front-facing: VGA (640×480)
  • 3.5mm, 4-conductor headset jack
    (stereo audio plus microphone)
  • Earpiece and microphone
  • Software noise-cancellation

Battery

  • Talk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G
    (14 hours on 2G)
  • Standby time up to 17.8 days on 3G
    (29.7 days on 2G)
  • 1500 mAH Lithum Ion

Connectivity

  • Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
  • Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700
  • HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
  • microUSB 2.0

Here’s the backstory to the Nexus S:

Take a look below to learn more about the Nexus S:

You can learn more about the Nexus S by visiting www.google.com/nexus.

Here’s the official release from Google:

Introducing Nexus S with Gingerbread

“The very first Android phone hit the market in November 2008. Just over two years later, Android’s vision of openness has spurred the development of more than 100 different Android devices. Today, more than 200,000 Android devices are activated daily worldwide. The volume and variety of Android devices continues to surpass our wildest expectations—but we’re not slowing down.

Today, we’re pleased to introduce the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, and unveil the next Android device from the Nexus line of mobile products—Nexus S. And for developers, the Gingerbread SDK/NDK is now available as well.

Nexus S is the lead device for the Gingerbread/Android 2.3 release; it’s the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform. We co-developed this product with Samsung—ensuring tight integration of hardware and software to highlight the latest advancements of the Android platform. As part of the Nexus brand, Nexus S delivers what we call a “pure Google” experience: unlocked, unfiltered access to the best Google mobile services and the latest and greatest Android releases and updates.

Nexus S is the first smartphone to feature a 4” Contour Display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face. It also features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, front and rear facing cameras, 16GB of internal memory, and NFC (near field communication) hardware that lets you read information from NFC tags. NFC is a fast, versatile short-range wireless technology that can be embedded in all kinds of everyday objects like movie posters, stickers and t-shirts.

Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet, and it delivers a number of improvements, such as user interface refinements, NFC support, a new keyboard and text selection tool, Internet (VoIP/SIP) calling, improved copy/paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support
You can find more Nexus S videos and information at google.com/nexus or follow @GoogleNexus on Twitter for the latest updates. After December 16, Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan) online and in-store from all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores in the U.S. and after December 20 at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy retailers in the U.K.

We’ll be open-sourcing Gingerbread in the coming weeks and look forward to new contributions from the Android ecosystem in the months ahead.

Posted by Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering”

Interesting!! If you do get your hands on one, or already have one, do let us know what you think by commenting below. Or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld. And do visit our Facebook Page.

Thanks to TechKnots for the heads up!