Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is NOT getting an Android 4.0 update

Sony has posted an update on its Android 4.0 upgrades. More 2011 devices will start getting their Android 4.0 OTA updates starting next week, and everything is going as planned with the Xperia S,P and U. But there is also some sad news in the same blog post – it seems the team has decided to cancel the Android 4.0 update on the Xperia Play.

“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.”

Ouch! It seems rather unfair that lower-end devices will be getting the update and the Xperia Play will be left out of the game. But as we have always said, manufacturers will not update phones if they find that the device can’t handle the software. We are not sure how the Xperia Mini or Active can be better fit for Ice Cream Sandwich, but it must have something to do with the device’s purpose – Gaming.

We suppose it is time to stop waiting, as you won’t be getting your upgrade. You can always go the rooting and ROMing way, though. But if you want Android 4.0 officially, it seems you will have to upgrade your device. Sad day for gamers out there… sad day.

[Source: Sony Via: Eurodroid]

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  • Justin

    That phone sucks anyway.

    • Ben

      agreed, i had one for about 5 min, sold it as it was a cheap, badly constructed laggy piece of shit with horrible functionality, will never buy sony again, i never liked their design before with mobiles and havnt since, htc and samsung make the best qual devices (although i loved my motorola droids build quality)

  • ty

    Just buy a ps vita

  • koolkat2

    Thus is one example of a legitimate reason to not upgrade the software. It would break its selling point. The at least made an attempt, unlike OTHER manufacturers. Sony is good in my book.

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  • tn7871

    Another reason not to have Android. My phone came out almost exactly a year ago, and I’m not get 4.0 either. I can’t wait until Apple makes a phone with a bigger screen.

    • Imparus

      Then buy a nexus if you want guaranteed update, how hard can it be?

      • tn7871

        Please note: I said it was another reason, not the only reason. This is just an additional thing on top of my phone being glitchy and acting crazy all the time. I’m doing factory resets every other week now. It’s ridiculous.

  • Achimpreet Bontuyander

    That’s fine.
    I’ve heard a lot of bad reviews from people who upgraded to ICS anyway.

  • Akhil G Cool

    why cant xperia play upgraded . this is unfair i bought it recently and i am not able to upgrade it . this is not a fair deal ..