Keen-eyed Sony Xperia Play users spotted a rather glaring omission on the device upgrade list for Android Ice Cream Sandwich on Sony Mobile’s website. Although every major Sony handset that was released in 2011 features on the page, the Xperia Play is disturbingly absent.
Of course word then immediately spread that perhaps one very distinctive device, slipped through the cracks. But Sony confirmed these rumours. In the latest post on the Sony Xperia Product Blog, the company explained that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, will not be able to receive the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update, due to stability issues and risk of compromising the user experience.
Sony officially stated:
“In regards to Xperia PLAY, 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 – therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia PLAY.”
However it’s not all doom and gloom. Despite any official progression to ICS for the Play, Sony has provided links to the beta ROM, which will at least give those users who want to try and get a taste of what could have been into their system. For everyone else, you’re stuck with Gingerbread we’re afraid.
Aside from the Play, everything else is looking a little brighter. The NXT family in the form of the Xperia S, P and U are the first to make the jump to ICS followed by the rest of last year’s lineup, consisting of the Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, Xperia arc S, Xperia ray and Xperia neo V, the roll out of which should commence from next week.