Sony confirms that the Xperia Play will not be upgraded to Android 4.0

No ice cream for you, I'm afraid

Sony confirms that the Xperia Play will not be upgraded to Android 4.0

So, the rumour was true.

Sony Mobile has confirmed on its Xperia Product Blog that the Xperia Play will not be receiving the Android 4.0 (a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich) update.

"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 (ICS) - therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia Play," Sony's blog post reads.

"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 optimized and developed for Xperia Play."

Sony Mobile's PlayStation-certified smartphone had been expected to get the ICS OS update along with the rest of the Xperia range. Alas, it just wasn't to be.

Harry Slater
Harry Slater
Harry used to be really good at Snake on the Nokia 5110. Apparently though, digital snake wrangling isn't a proper job, so now he writes words about games instead.