o2 delay Sony Ericsson Xperia Play launch due to Software problems

o2 UK have postponed the release of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (previously known as the “Playstation Phone”), due to software problems.

The Xperia Play is due for a UK release this Friday, 29/03/2011, but just 4 days before release day o2 have pulled the handset. In an official blog post, o2 state that the problem is with the software, explaining that they had “found some bugs in the software that, if they’re not fixed, mean customers won’t have a great experience”.

Stuart Hibberd, head of o2’s testing team has confirmed “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”.

We’re unsure at present as to whether other UK networks have noticed the same problems, or whether they will also be postponing the release of the handset. You may still be able to get your hands on the Android/Playstation handset this Friday on another UK network, but beware you may encounter some bugs within the software.

As for o2, they say they’ll be working closely with Sony Ericsson over the next couple of weeks to resolve the issue, and will keep everyone updated with regular blog posts. If you’re still hoping to get your hands on that o2-exclusive white model, you’re going to have to sit tight.

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Via: O2 blog