Yesterday we saw what could have been described as an oversight on Sonys part. On the information page regarding the Android 4.0 update the Xperia Play was missing from the list of handsets that were due to be upgraded.
Sony have announced that this wasn’t a mistake and the Xperia Play will not be receiving the Android 4.0 update, despite having worked on it extensively to the point of releasing a beta version of the ROM. In releasing the beta version however, Sony found several issues with games and compatibility which, inevitably has led to the decision of the Xperia Play staying on Gingerbread. After extensive testing of ICS, a consistent and stable experience couldn’t be guaranteed on the Xperia Play, especially with gaming.
Along with the bombshell announcement, Sony have released information regarding the Android 4.0 update for other handsets. Following on from Android 4 being rolled out for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray, the update will begin rolling out next week for the other Xperia handsets released in 2011, minus the Play – Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. The Xperia S will be the first NXT Xperia handset to be updated at the end of June, with the Xperia P next to receive it. The Xperia U will receive the update later in Q3. The updates starting from next week will update the handsets to Android 4.0.4 and the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray will be upgraded from 4.0.3 to 4.0.4.