Xperia Play won’t get Android 4.0

But ICS coming to many other Xperia handsets
Darren Allan

May 25, 2012
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Sony has issued an update concerning the roll out of Ice Cream Sandwich among its various handsets, and there’s some bad news for Xperia Play owners.

The firm notes that following extensive testing, it was decided that a “consistent and stable” experience couldn’t be guaranteed with ICS on the Xperia Play, particularly in terms of gaming. Which is obviously the core concern when it comes to the phone.

Sony notes the decision not to push Android 4.0 out for the Play was verified by feedback from the developer community.

In a blog post, the company wrote: “Our priority has and always will be, to provide the best possible user experience on Xperia smartphones. In this instance the ICS upgrade would have compromised stability, where we look to ensure a quality gaming experience with games optimized and developed for Xperia PLAY.”

There’s better news for owners of the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U, though, as the ICS roll out for these devices is proceeding as planned.

The Xperia S will be upgraded from the end of June, and the P will follow shortly afterwards, although Xperia U users will have to wait longer for Android 4.0, until the third quarter in fact.

Other older smartphones – released last year – are due for an Android 4.0 upgrade, as well. These include the Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.

All of those handsets are due a dollop of ice cream starting from next week, which should go very nicely with this sunny weather.


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