No ICS for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Sony kicked off its Ice Cream Sandwich rollout in April and has since added more models for early June. But one phone seems to be missing out on the ICS love – the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

A massively-hyped handset on its launch, the 'PlayStation phone' didn't quite live up to that publicity when we got our hands on it. But it was down to get a new lease of life with an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade when Sony first listed compatible handsets. That, it seems, has changed.

Sony made a statement on its official blog, saying: '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.'

'This decision was also verified when we received similar feedback from the developer community; both experienced developers and advanced users, along with game content providers following our ICS beta ROM for unlocked Xperia Play smartphones.'

'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 optimised and developed for Xperia Play.'

So, in short, the upgrade would have been detrimental to the phone, with Gingerbread as far as the Xperia Play will go. Frustrating for purchasers of a phone that isn't particularly old, but probably preferable to getting an upgrade that would hamper your handset.

Source: Sony Mobile

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