Sony says No Ice Cream Sandwich update for Xperia Play owners
Some big news slipped under our radar the holiday weekend as a few days ago Sony confirmed that they will not upgrade the Xperia Play phone to Android 4.0 otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich. Having your phone stuck on outdated software is most users’ worst nightmare, and Sony has their reasons on why you’ll be stuck with Gingerbread.
In a blog post Friday Sony confirmed that after extensive testing (especially with gaming)that a “stable and consistent” experience cannot be achieved if the Xperia Play is updated to ICS. The decision was made after discussions with developers and testers who had been running an ICS Beta Rom on unlocked Xperia play phones. Sony went on to say that their priority is to provide customers with the best user experience possible and that an ICS upgrade would have compromised stability with games optimized and developed for Xperia Play.
The company has upgraded some of their other Xperia devices to ICS already and more are soon to follow. Basically the Xperia S, arc, new, the U, and a half a dozen more are going to get it, but if you own the OG play you’re going to be out of luck as far as official upgrades are concerned. I’m sure a lot of owners are unhappy with the news, but it’s good to see Sony being upfront about “why” they won’t do it. Stability is something you definitely want to have in a device that’s considered to be a “gaming phone” but I’m curious to see what Xperia Play owners actually think about getting left behind.