Sony has done a good job at keeping users informed of where and when their upgrade to the latest Android OS will arrive. Yesterday they published a list of various handsets that included the Xperia ray, arc, arc s, pro, mini, mini pro, neo, neo v. However, one major flagship device was missing from the list, the Xperia Play. This once sought after gaming device received an early ICS beta firmware, but today Sony went on record and confirmed that “a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed,” thus they will not be making 4.0 officially available.
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.
Certainly this is not the best news for Play users, considering the device was so heavily promoted. Sony reiterated that their priority is always on creating the best user experience. Perhaps they’ll come out with the Xperia Play 2 soon…