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Xperia Play will not receive Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade

Sony's Xperia Play phone will not be updating to Android version 4.0, also known as "Ice Cream Sandwich," as noted on a recent product blog entry.

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joeorc2337d ago (Edited 2337d ago )

If you want to go to ICS you can, the official rooting guide and step by step instructions are right there and Sony supports any consumer that want's too can gain root access to their smartphone!

see for your self:

official Sony blog

How to root your Xperia Arc

http://www.xperiablog.net/2...

and

How to root Xperia Play - even with a locked bootloader!

http://talk.sonymobile.com/...

Sony took a proactive support for anyone who wanted to unlock and root their Xperia if they wanted to you could get bootloader access and step by step instruction's on official Sony blog.

So if you still want ICS you can but Sony intends not to support the OVA ICS update because of the instability through testing ICS on the xperia-play. The team and many user's who did this for the ICS beta rom gave their imput for months about the problems. So Sony took imput from the home hacking community, and the developer's and their own teams finding's.

and found Gingerbread being stable release for the Xperia-Play was the better option. Since the playstation Suite still works on the Xperia play anyway, this is not going to be a problem with fragmentation due to the fact the Xperia-Play will still run the playstation suite.The ICS beta update can still be used if those wanting to use ICS. 4.0 but it's not going to have support in an official manner.

Also with 10 Xperia models on hand all of em upgradeable to ICS, official support is there anyway Even with only the Xperia-Play not Having an official OVA release of ICS 9 out of Ten Xperia's getting the Official Release for OVA of ICS is not a bad track record when it comes to Other companies release of Official OVA release updates to their Smartphones with many not even official support of bootloader and Root access to the end user with step by step instruction's and even forum talk about such Hacking on the official SonyMobile blog!

This is a mountain out of a mole hill situation in my opinion.

Nutsack2337d ago

No, this IS a problem. Such a new and expensive device SHOULD get an official ICS upgrade, period. Sony gets paid to deliver, not to slack.

Its stupid to think that everyone wants or can root and flash their phone with a custom aka home brew rom.

Second, most often the warranty is over with a custom rom.

Thirdly, its still unstable probably. Sony just fails in real support big time and/or want to sell a new device with ICS and leave their current fans out in the cold.

Stop defending slacking companies dude. You own Slowny stocks or something? Get paid to put out positive user marketing 'experiences'?

lashes2ashes2337d ago

I agree with you. Just found out my droid x2 is not getting the upgrade and I'm pissed. But this is not Sony stopping the upgrade Its google.

joeorc2337d ago (Edited 2337d ago )

" Such a new and expensive device SHOULD get an official ICS upgrade, period. Sony gets paid to deliver, not to slack. "

Stop right there sparky!

you do know the Xperia-Play released

First released Apr. 2011!

I can name plenty of companies that did not even try to update their smartphones to the newest ver of android with phones over a year ago released to the market.

"Sony just fails in real support big time and/or want to sell a new device with ICS and leave their current fans out in the cold. "

Let me get this straight, on the official xperia blog Sony not only has the option for people to test out the newest rom image and allow feedback, but also has developer's from other indie developer's Home brew and pro's in the industry providing feed back. Also with their own inhouse testing it out, and yet they gave a very valid reason why with not just their own in house finding's but other indie developer scenes, and yet you want to sit there and claim that:

Again:

"Sony just fails in real support big time and/or want to sell a new device with ICS and leave their current fans out in the cold."

if they wanted to do that why offer the [email protected] beta rom if that was the case they could have very well just did like other companies and just ignore their user's or just say "let them eat cake"

No i do not own stock in Sony nor do i intend to play any of the stock market. I am pointing out what merely is a mountain out of a mole hill situation in my opinion.

what's funny it seem's anyone who ever has anything + to say about certain companies on this board other's that always look for the negative still act like the negative nancy that they are because they may dislike the other company.

And im not just talking about Sony fans only. That goes for every platform.

@ lashes2ashes

"I agree with you. Just found out my droid x2 is not getting the upgrade and I'm pissed. But this is not Sony stopping the upgrade Its google."

it's not google, google just aquired Moto, Moto has released compatability of ICS for their handset's. AS for the issue of what's stopping the upgrade, it could be manything's. Many times the handset carriers has a say so in what they want to upgrade and not the Manuf. That does not mean that the manuf. may themselves cannot upgrade the system also, it could come down to something in the chipset that causes a fault in part of the UPDATE. though many times there is a work around for such a problem, some companies ignore that solution, and If there is one thing Sony has done and that is not ignore the end user with the Xperia- LINE of smartphones. They have atleast provided support and testing the Option to update. which is more than many companies have done for their line of smartphone that are a year old.

Chrono2337d ago

They explained that they had difficulties with making it run correctly. It's not like they don't want to release it.

Hicken2337d ago

Gave you bubbles for the info, dude.

Ignore Nutsack and Apollo. One's a troll, and the other is a fanboy. Which is which doesn't even matter.

ApolloAdams2337d ago

People actually have Xperia Play as a phone? Really? So many better options but to each his own I suppose.

ICS is so late and prolonged for so many phones and may phones aren't even getting it. Now there are rumors of Jelly Bean coming out which will only make this problem worse.

joeorc2337d ago (Edited 2337d ago )

People actually have Xperia Play as a phone? Really?

why not? Its a great smartphone for communication and the majority of App's have no problem running on the device. aside from a Handfull of App's made to run only on ICS its not a very big issue at all. ICS is still very new release for smartphones. As a matter of fact the Standard release Android Stock on smartdevices is Gingerbread!

"ICS is so late and prolonged for so many phones and may phones aren't even getting it. Now there are rumors of Jelly Bean coming out which will only make this problem worse."

The Fragmentation Issue that many keep harping on and on about Android is pretty Moot, the reason why is there is going to be fragmentation with all platforms anyway.

The very fact that Sony made the Playstation Suite be able to run on Gingerbread or Higher is not going to be an issue going forward for fragmentation since Gingerbread is the most number of released smartphone's that have that Ver. preinstalled on your device and many can be updated to ICS. It also depends on the Hardware companies to provide the update's. Sony has done very well providing that option, better than pretty much every other company that has smartphones with Android.

The very Fact that Sony has an option of the Playstation Suite open to any and every Android device manuf. to get certified and the Min requirement's for the Android device is Gingerbread 2.3 on up.

So fragmentation for software as an issue mainly Android is pretty ironic since Every platform will have some shape or form of fragmentation. At least with many advanced smartphones and tablets today the hardware can handle upgrades to it's OS. many years in the PDA market has showed How far the advancement the smartdevices has come. it's A long way since than.

ApolloAdams2337d ago

I have never seen so much justification for not releasing something a company should.

specialguest2337d ago

Well said. Some people are so stuck in their ways and refuse to comprehend what you're stating, even when it's given in full detail.

Neckbear2337d ago

I don't own one, myself, but Android has a plethora of emulators, and the Xperia Play is pretty much the only phone to have buttons suited for games, so I'd totally understand why people would have one.

MySwordIsHeavenly2337d ago

I have an Xperia Play. It's a piece of junk. It's GREAT for Minecraft Pocket Edition though...which is why I bought it.

It was supposed to get Ice Cream Sandwich last year. Now, it's not getting it at all? Well...that's fun. -_-

I know I can upgrade it, but has anyone tried to root this thing?!? It's nearly impossible. Mind you, this is the AT&T version, not the Verizon one. Completely different device, oddly enough. It looks simple online, but I haven't been able to do it yet.

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saimcheeda2337d ago

which stopped working after 5 days!

Tachyon_Nova2337d ago

I had the touchscreen and power button fail on me within minutes of each other.

To anyone considering buying this device really DON'T. It is shoddily built, runs ancient hardware which means even some of the Xperia Play optimised games don't run properly, it has so little internal memory that you will forever be trying to shift things to the SD card, plus it runs really slow when the internal memory is nearly full. Also the battery life sucks. Oh and did I mention that the device i first bought had bright spots all over the screen where the backlight was too strong, they replaced the whole screen when the touch sensors stopped working and it had the same problem only worse. Oh and it also came back from the repair shop (which was a Sony center) with a human hair under the screen and a bunch of fresh scratches and scrapes on the back side of the device.

Piece of shit is the only way to describe the Xperia Play. I got it on a 24 month contract which I'm only 11 months into, just bought myself an $800 Galaxy S3 outright though because if I had to use the Play for another year I would likely going on a rage induced killing spree at the thought that Sony actually released such a shite device with such a high price tag and that I would be stuck using such device.

Do not buy one under any circumstances!