Sony has confirmed rumours that the Xperia Play will not be getting an update to the latest version of Android, prompting an outpouring of pique from irked users.
Signs that the phone might not be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) first emerged last week, when the Xperia Play mysteriously disappeared from Sony’s dedicated update roadmap webpage.
And today, the phone-maker and one-time Ericsson mobile partner has confirmed the worst via a post on its official blog.
According to Sony, ICS has been scrapped after tests revealed that “a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone”.
The blog stated: “Our priority has and always will be, to provide the best possible user experience on Xperia smartphones.
“In this instance the ICS upgrade would have compromised stability, where we look to ensure a quality gaming experience with games optimized and developed for Xperia Play.”
The decision has prompted a predicable, but entirely understandable, outcry from owners, who would have been well within their rights to expect an update for ICS for a phone that’s just shy of a year-and-a-half old.
Sony is pressing ahead with ICS updates for the Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, which will begin next week.
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