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Sony confirms Xperia Play will not receive Android 4.0 ICS update

Sony has confirmed it will not be rolling out the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to its Xperia Play smartphone.

By Kul Bhushan | Published 28 May 2012 13:41 IST
Sony confirms Xperia Play will not receive Android 4.0 ICS update

Sony has confirmed it will not be rolling out the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to its Xperia Play smartphone.

"After extensive in-house testing with our developer teams and working with our partners, we have concluded that a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone on Ice Cream Sandwich," Sony said in a blog post. "Therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia Play."

Sony further said its decision was “verified” when it received similar feedback from the developer community; both experienced developers and advanced users, along with game content providers.

Earlier, Sony had revealed its plans to release the update by the end of May or early June. The announcement was followed by release of an ICS beta ROM for unlocked Xperia Play. Sony says the test upgrade caused serious issues in the device.

The company, however, is rolling out the ICS update to quite a few devices namely – Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman – which are scheduled to start receiving the ICS 4.0.4 upgrades from next week. Moreover, the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray and neo V users will also receive the 4.0.4 update.

“The first smartphone to be upgraded will be Xperia S, starting from the end of June. Then Xperia P will follow, whilst Xperia U will receive it a little later in Q3,” Sony further added.

For more, read our detailed review of the Xperia Play.

Sony Xperia Play not receiving the ICS update

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