Xperia Play notably missing on Sony’s ICS upgrade list

by: Bams SadewoMay 25, 2012
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Sony Xperia S owners weren’t all too pleased when they found out that the ICS upgrade for the flagship phone has been slightly delayed, but at least they will still be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich treat on their plate errm… phone. The same thing can’t be said about Sony Xperia Play at the moment; it has disappeared inexplicably from the company’s list of eligible phones expected to receive Android 4.0.

Sony had promised that all Xperia devices released in 2011 will be getting ICS this year, therefore it’s quite odd to see the Xperia Play being singled out and removed from the list. The new list only covers the following phones now: 

  • Xperia Arc
  • Xperia Arc S
  • Xperia Neo and Neo V
  • Xperia Mini and Mini Pro
  • Xperia Pro
  • Xperia Active
  • Xperia Ray
  • Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman

Is this a typo or has Sony changed its mind about upgrading the Xperia Play to ICS? Sony has released an ICS beta ROM for the Xperia Play,  so for now we’re leaning toward the former as the reason for the disappearance. Unfortunately, the usually informative support staff at Sony’s website hasn’t gotten back to us yet with a definitive answer; something that has never before been an issue for the dedicated team. Here’s hoping that the curious case of disappearing Xperia Play can be solved soon.

We’ll update this piece once we get more information. Our fingers are crossed that Sony Xperia Play won’t be left out from the ICS upgrade.

  • Gregory Opera

    Well I already question just how well Android 4.x (“Ice Cream Sandwich”) is going to run on the Xperia PLAY (“PlayStation phone”)… As it stands, the Xperia PLAY (“PlayStation phone”) spends most of the day complaining about low memory because updates and upgrades to the default applications – such as Flash Player and Facebook – have filled up all of the internal space!

    How is the Xperia PLAY (“PlayStation phone”) going to run after the Android 4.x (“Ice Cream Sandwich”) has been applied, possibly leaving the user with less available memory?

  • Amiel Gian Esplana

    The Xperia PLAY isn’t going to have the ICS update.Sony said on their blog that due to performance issues and recommendations (from developers, beta testers, and game content providers) the Xperia PLAY wouldn’t get the update.

  • It´s not only the Play. I just bought an xperia Arc S and the upgrade is not available either. A sticker on the box say´s it´s upgradable to Android 4 but only after you buy the phone and check the “IS” number under the battery can you discover that your specific phone is not on the list for upgrades (and the list is closed – so they say). I sent the phone to Sony technical services and they sent it back exactly the same saying that an upgrade is not possible. I can think of many adjectives to Sony’s behaviour but I will keep it civilized, for now.