Sony Ericsson representatives have told us that the new Xperia Play will be one of the first phones to ship with Google's Android 2.4 operating system.
We played with the phone and we can tell you that the Playstation like controller works really well. It makes much more sense to play with it, than pressing a touch screen. The nice chap told us that Sony Ericsson wants to be the first with 2.4 as it has learned from its mistakes by taking too long to transition from Android 1.6 to 2.1 with previous Xperia series handsets.
This will change now and you can expect Android 2.4 on many new Xperia phones from day one. The chap said that the Xperia Play will ship in March in Europe, all depending on your mobile network provider. It looks like Sony Ericsson is definitely coming back to the fight, and the phone will ship with at least five games. Football and car games will be a priority.