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Xperia Play supplies affected by earthquakes in Japan

by Phil Hornshaw

Apart from the continuing humanitarian crisis in Japan because of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami earlier this month and additional quakes this week, the country is suffering economically, as well.

One indicator of some of the economic effects of the disasters are the effects it is taking on Sony Ericsson’s (SNE) Android device business. The company has three different mobile devices it’s pushing, but one has been delayed and two more will be in short supply.

Sony’s PlayStation phone, the Xperia Play, is one of those that will be tough to find, according to a story from Engadget. Limited supplies have already been felt in the UK, where the Xperia Play didn’t make it to all the retailers it was supposed to for its release on April 1.

Also affected by the disaster are the Xperia Arc, which will also be available in limited quantities, and the Xperia Neo, which is being delayed to Q3 2011.

Sony says it will have more details at the end of Q1 when it reports its earnings, detailing what the delays and supply limits will be like and how they’ve affected sales. That call happens April 19.

HTC triples profits in Q1 2011

It’s not all bad economic news in the Android camp, however. Pocket Gamer is reporting that Taiwanese device maker HTC’s (2498.TW) profits tripled this quarter as compared to the same time last year. Total revenue for the company hit $3.5 billion, which was an increase of 174 percent over last year.

HTC is rolling right along, attributing at least part of its success to being the self-proclaimed largest producer of Windows Phone 7 devices, for which there is steady demand, the company says. But Android devices are what’s behind the majority of HTC sales, and the company is doing pretty well in that department.

Leading the charge most recently is the HTC Thunderbolt 4G on the Verizon (VZ) network. It’s one of Verizon’s first 4G LTE devices, and reports have it outselling even the Verizon iPhone in some Verizon stores. That’s a limited success, perhaps, but it’s a success nonetheless. It seems making Android phones (and Windows Phone 7 phones, as well) is pretty good for business.