Here’s some real bad news for all you folks out there who own a Sony Ericsson (now Sony!) Xperia Play. The Android powered gaming centric handset released last year still runs an outdated version of Android OS. Many had expected that the device would be soon updated to Android 4.0 (ICS) like Sony had announced in the past.
However, in a latest blog post by Sony Mobile on its official blog, the company has said that it has decided against rolling out an ICS update for the Play. They claim that after extensive testing by their developer teams they figured out that the Play was unable to deliver a satisfying (consistent and stable in their words) experience with ICS – especially when it came to the gaming bit. Looks like Sony decided to go against something that would have hampered the core functionality of the phone. Anyway, Xperia Play owners would be definitely disappointed with this development (or rather, the lack of it!).
In the same post, Sony however confirmed ICS updates for a bunch of other handsets. First to receive ICS update would be phones from its Xperia NXT series which include the Xperia S, Xperia P and the Xperia U. Of these the Xperia S would be getting the update by the end of June followed by the Xperia P. The Xperia U would only get updated by Q3, 2012.
Starting next week a bunch of phones from 2011 too would get the ICS update. These include the Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.