Back when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich first hit the scene, manufacturers started talking about long-term plans for the next 6-12 months, specifically about handsets that would be getting Google’s latest and greatest. For Sony, their claim was simple: All phones released in 2011 and onward would be getting Android 4.0 ICS — including the Xperia Play, the hallowed “Playstation Phone”. But not any more.
A new post on the Sony Mobile Blog tells the sad tale:
“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.”
Sony has a lengthy track record of saying one thing and doing another. It’s almost as if they try to piss of their loyal customers. And once again, Sony is pulling a 180 on previous statements, and in the process, adding another lengthy list of ex-customers to the list.
Beginning by the end of next week, the Xperia Play, Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will join the Android 4.0.4 party. The Xperia S will get its own 4.0.4 update by the end of June while the Xperia P and U will join the ICS crowd by the end of Q3.
While the newer Xperia devices are a bit more powerful under the hood, it’s pretty disappointing that Sony’s in-a-class-of-it’s-own Xperia Play won’t be making the journey with everyone else. And to think, if only Sony would have removed their custom skin, Android 4.0.4 on the Xperia Play would have been a walk in the park. Then again, that’s what communities like XDA are for, right?