Sony Mobile has dropped this sad news for Xperia Play yesterday on its blog citing the stability problems. According to the company, a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for Xperia Play on Ice Cream Sandwich. Thus, it won’t be releasing the update.
Sony has been saying till now that all the Xperia smartphones from 2011 will get the Android 4.0, and also released a beta ICS ROM for Xperia Play, but it seems they couldn’t get the stability right.
Full statement from the company:
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.
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.
On the other hand, company has officially revealed that the much awaited Android 4.0 update for Xperia S will be released in the end of June. Xperia P will follow Xperia S, while Xperia U will get the update sometime in the third quarter.