Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Review

Is this — the PlayStation Phone? Yeah, pretty much. Although I think an actual PlayStation Phone from Sony (not Sony Ericsson) would have been a better idea, the Xperia Play is “PlayStation Certified” by Sony and built by Sony Ericsson. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, dedicated PSP-like controls, CDMA 3G service on Verizon Wireless, a 4-inch WVGA LCD, and front with back-facing cameras, the Xperia Play should have been the gaming phone of the year, right? Not so much. Let’s see why in the review, after the break.

Verizon Wireless Is Killing Unlimited Data This July 7th, New Tiered Pricing From $10 To $80

Today’s confirmation with FierceWireless is a sad day for data hungry users of today’s age of 4G LTE and 3G smartphones. Verizon Wireless will be killing unlimited data for all new customers on July 7th, while existing customers will be able to upgrade and continue using their current unlimited plans without issue. Keep in mind Verizon has been saying for almost a year now that they would pull the plug, but it is until today that details have openly been discussed about the matter.

There will be four tiers of pricing: A mere 75MB for $10, $30 for 2GB, $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB. Tethering will cost an extra $20 and includes an additional 2GB of data monthly. So while you will be paying the same amounts (or more) for less, it was all expected, so don’t say VZW didn’t tell you so (hopefully). On the flipside, Sprint and T-Mobile still offer unlimited data plans on all their 3G and 4G smartphones and tablets.

Original Galaxy Tab Owners On Sprint Now Run Gingerbread

Hooray for Sprint over-the-air updates! At least this time, anyway. Sprint Galaxy Tab owners will get a notification over the new four days regarding a Gingerbread build upgrade called “GINGERBREAD.EF17”. According to Sprint, it’ll take 5 minutes for the update to download and install and afterwards you’ll be in sweet Android 2.3 Gingerbead land. Via: Samsung

Google+ App Submitted For Approval On The App Store, Says Google+ Team Member

According to Erica Joy, a Google employee and very well possibly a Google+ team member has stated that the Google+ app for iOS has been submitted for approval some time ago. Since it only is a social networking app, you can be pretty sure we won’t have another Google/Apple scandal when it comes to apps (read: the Google Voice app saga), but you never know with Apple’s app approval policies. In the meantime, did I mention I’m enjoying Google+ on Android? Android users have had an app ever since the service launched.

Via: Erica joy (Google+)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Software Update Coming Soon, Bringing Touchwiz Along

Ready for some software “enhancements” from Samsung? I thought so (or not), because Touchwiz, a new app drawer, Samsung Media Hub, Swype, several new widgets and unlocks are headed to the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 soon. Once updated however, there isn’t a stock way to go back. However, there will be an iPad 2-esque remote wipe and tracking function. Check out all the details on the upcoming update, at the source link. Via: Samsung

Mac OS X Lion Now Available To Devs As Gold Master

As in software engineering, any software that has reached “Gold” or “Gold Master” status means that it is ready for primetime, and all or any bugs have been squashed (until more are inevitably found). Well, if you’re waiting for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion later this month when it launches on the Mac App Store for $29, then you’ll be happy to know that some of your favorite applications will probably be taking advantage of the new OS X by the time it launches.

Now Anyone Can Join Google+ By Using Their Google Account

That’s all folks. Google+ is now open to anyone and everyone with a Google account, as according to the Google+ homepage. Yours truly is on Google+, so you can add me to a circle here. Since the service is highly successful within its first week of availability, I do have to say I’m putting positive bets on Google+ and that already it will be one of the major new social networks of the new digital social age. Oh, and it’s awesome. Via: Google+