Early Sony Ericsson PSP PlayStation Phone Xperia Play Review

IT168 posted an extensive review of the upcoming Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone aka Xperia Play aka Zeus Z1 today. Beware that this is based on a non-retail version of the product so things can change between now and when the device finally launches. The phone features an MSM8255 SoC which includes the Adreno 205 GPU so the performance should be on par with the HTC Desire HD and it’s US cousins the HTC Thunderbolt and HTC Inspire 4G but only 512Mb of Rom and 512MB of Ram ‘the device runs Android 2.3). The phone also features a 4 inch 854×480 screen, 1500Mah battery and 5Mpix camera with LED flash. So as you can see there’s nothing to fancy here besides the sliding gamepad. Seeral benchmarks have been done but you won’t learn anything new there (performance is as expected). Check out some videos after the break:

Continue reading Early Sony Ericsson PSP PlayStation Phone Xperia Play Review →

More info about the upcoming Windows Phone 7 update

According to Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman the upcoming application loading speed boost, which is part of the first Windows Phone 7 update coming out next month, will principally affect applications and games that store most of their data on the device’s memory and not so much apps that rely on fetching data from the cloud. He just stating the obvious here but it’s good to at least have an “official word” on this given that I have already seen people commenting and hoping that Microsoft was actually implementing 3rd party application multi-tasking or some other nonsense like. Games like The Harvest or Need For Speed will see up to 20% in loading speed improvements just by applying this OS update. Now if only devs handled Tombstoning better in their applications things would be perfect I guess (well it would be even better if MS supplied a full blown Tombstoning API so that everybody can easily implement..). One last thing thought:

Continue reading More info about the upcoming Windows Phone 7 update →

Windows Phone 7 application for Windows Home Server unveiled

Microsoft’ has just unveiled an new Windows Home Server companion application for Windows Phone 7 that should be available in the coming weeks. The app will work with the soon to be released Vail build of Windows Home Serve and uses its Remote Web feature to let user  remotely access multi-media content hosted on the server directly from their Windows Phone 7 handset. This basically means that Photos, Music and Videos can be streaming on the device from anywhere in the world (the phone will obviously have to be connected to a Data connection) and also upload pictures from the phone to the server directly from the device’s picture hub (similar to the current Facebook and Skydrive upload feature).

Continue reading Windows Phone 7 application for Windows Home Server unveiled →

Windows Phone 7 hitting Sprint and Verizon before June 30

CDMA users who wish to get a Windows Phone 7 handset won’t really be happy about this news, but according to Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman the first CDMA Windows Phone 7 handsets will be ready on Sprint and Verizon by June 30. When exactly? Well, “by” is the keyword here I guess so it could be a lot earlier than that given that we have already seen Verizon branded applications in the Marketplace. So let’s just wait until MWC for more concrete info. As a matter of fact the CDMA version of the HTC 7 Trophy has just recently passed the FCC certification.

Continue reading Windows Phone 7 hitting Sprint and Verizon before June 30 →