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