No Android 4.0 Xperia Play: A sad end to the PlayStation Phone
Oh dear. Yesterday we reported that the Sony Xperia Play had seemed to have fallen off the back of the Sony Ice Cream Sandwich wagon. Now Sony’s produced the official announcement: the Playstation Phone won’t be joining the Android 4. party. Ever. Why not? Read on to find out…
It’s not very good news for the old Xperia Play. Although a whole ream of other Sony and Sony Ericsson devices are still awaiting their fateful jump into Android 4., the Play has failed its initiation.
“In regards to Xperia Play,” begins Sony Mobile’s official weblog posting, “after substantial in residence testing with our developer teams and working with our partners, we have concluded that a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, can not be assured for this smartphone on Ice Cream Sandwich. – as a result, we will not make the Android 4. upgrade readily available for Xperia Play.”
Xperia Play critique
Ouch. While sales of the Xperia Play had been never ground-breaking, this is a actual blow to 1 of Sony’s most fascinating handsets. “This choice was also verified when we received equivalent feedback from the developer community both seasoned developers and advanced customers,” continues Sony’s statement, referring to the beta rollout of ICS that was issued earlier this year.
“Our priority has and always will be, to give the greatest achievable user expertise on Xperia smartphones. In this instance the ICS upgrade would have compromised stability, exactly where we look to make sure a quality gaming encounter with games optimized and developed for Xperia Play.” So where does that leave the Play?
Sony’s Playstation Suite comeback strategy
Nowhere very good – as a symbol of exactly where Sony’s intentions lie, it’s not a very positive message about the Android Playstation Suite as a entire. The problem is apparently with gaming, which suggests that there’s some element of Android four. that does not actually get on with either the slide-out controls or maybe some facet of the graphically intensive PS games themselves.
Either way, the ugly duckling of the Sony Ercisson stable is becoming left out in the cold for good. Do you have an Xperia Play? What do you make of this news? Let us know below.
Through Sony Mobile