The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which was due to launch on April 1, is being held back by O2 while it addresses some last-minute bugs.
A post on the O2 blog explained the situation: “We've been testing the phone non-stop for weeks and have found some bugs in the software that, if they're not fixed, means customers won't have a great experience.”
The network says it just won't be able to iron out the issues in time for a release this Friday, but says it is working hard with Sony Ericsson to find a solution.
That doesn't seem to be stopping others from lining up the gaming-friendly handset for release all the same. In fact, Sony Ericsson itself has issued a statement promoting the Xperia Play despite O2's reservations:
“Sony Ericsson Xperia Play will be launching on April 1 across all UK mobile operator partners except for O2, who have decided to prolong the testing period in order to ensure that the software meets the requirements of its procedures,” SE says.
So what is the issue behind O2's reluctance to speed ahead like its network rivals and dish up the Xperia Play to an eager public? We don't know, but issues or not, we can't help but feeling that the other networks' decision to press ahead means O2 has shot itself in the foot on this one.