Remaining 2011 Xperia ICS updates to start next week

Xperia Play

Bad news for Xperia Play owners today. Sony Mobile has confirmed that the planned Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the PlayStation-certified smartphone has been canned, and that the device will remain on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony explains that the decision stems from concerns over stability and compatibility, particularly where the Xperia Play's gaming features are concerned.

So there'll be more than a few sad pandas among the Xperia Play-owning masses today. Not least due to the fact that the entire 2011 Xperia line-up was previously promised ICS, and Sony published an early beta ROM for the Play a few months back to show its development progress. Nevertheless, we'll admit it makes sense to stick with a working OS, rather than forcibly updating users to something that's going to break gaming compatibility.

However, despite the problems affecting the Xperia Play, other 2011 Xperia phones remain on track to receive an update to Android 4.0.4. Sony's confirmed that the Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will begin to receive 4.0.4 as an optional update through the PC Companion app from next week. What's more, Xperia arc S, Xperia ray and Xperia neo V users currently running Android 4.0.3 will get an update to 4.0.4 around the same time.

In other Xperia ICS news, Sony reports that the Xperia S update is on track for late June, followed by the Xperia P and Xperia U sometime in the third quarter.

Source: Sony


Reader comments

Sony confirms ICS not coming to Xperia Play


Kinda reinforces the belief that a person should stick to the main stream devices and form factors if they ever hope to get future updates.


well sony yet again u do the wrong things as always
i hope that now a lot of ppl wont be so eager to buy sony again
i have Xperia Play i waited for this update.. now Sony is at the bottom of my list as i was thinking to buy Xperia Play 2

Kinda like the Sprint user buying the Evo 4G LTE, LG Viper and Galaxy Nexus. All three of those phones do not have LTE yet, but many people purchased them on the promise that they will eventually have LTE.

Whether it's a newly promised 4G service or software upgrades, if it is promised then it should be delivered.

Isn't this against the 18 month update rule that Google and Open Handset Alliance made last year at Google IO?

There's a reason we haven't heard word one about the Open Handset Alliance since it was announced.

Hint: It was BS from the start.

At least Sony manned up and said something, Verizion wont tell anybody why the Gnex isnt updated! I feel your pain none the less, its bad when your phone gets the pink slip.

Keep in mind the Xperia Play has limited resources available to it as far as installing games.. if you put ICS on there, that'd just be that many less games that can be installed. I'm already getting low memory errors and it's still on GB!

I'm not surprised really, my Play only has a few megabytes of internal memory for some reason. On my SGSII ics takes up a lot more RAM and internal memory so there just wouldn't be room for it on the 2MB Play.

I think this is Sony being lazy and not taking the time to update the phone. I was waiting and waiting for the update, and I finally decided to unlock my phone and upgrade it myself. I run AOKPlay and it runs smoother then ever. I have not had any issues with games, my battery life is fine, and I don't see why Sony had to cancel ICS for the Play. I think that this is just Sony being idiots.

I have no issue with this really. There is a beta out there if you choose, the bootloder is unlockable, and the community has the opportunity to run with it if they choose (assuming the kernel sources from the beta are available).