You may remember that almost a year ago Sony launched what was at that time the most eagerly anticipated Android smartphone, the Xperia Play. Users didn’t expect some miraculous hardware from the device, but rather the first implementation of a mix between the ever popular Sony PSP and a mobile smartphone. Fortunately for them, Sony didn’t disappoint and it proudly presented the first ever smartphone to bear the PSP certification and which had access to the PlayStation Store. Unfortunately, time has passed on the aging device, and Sony has changed its view upon the availably of an ICS update for it.
This news might come much to the surprise of Xperia Play owners, as earlier in December 2011, Sony Ericsson, as it was known back then released a rather lengthy list of devices that would eventually be upgraded to Android 4.0 ICS. The Xperia Play was amongst those devices, and for good reason: it packed better hardware than the Xperia Arc S which was the flagship device back then. Unfortunately, it seems Sony has gone back on its word and has fine tuned the update list not to show the Xperia Play anymore. This updated list has only been placed on the official website a couple of hours ago, so this might just be a case of a simple misunderstanding. Although, knowing Sony, it has most definitely removed the Xperia Play for that list intentionally, as it was the oldest device they are currently selling to feature this upgrade.
You can take a look at the image below to see which devices Sony has kept on the list, but be warned as you may not like what you see:
As far as we are concerned, the Xperia Play has never been one of the favorite devices of Sony’s, and this could have been seen in the numerous lack of updates the devices has seen since its launch. Contrary to popular belief, the Xperia Play has never been properly updated nor supported, but this would have been left behind if the ICS update would have been good. With this out of the equation we can’t help but wonder why Sony didn’t pack more powerful hardware in the Xperia Play, or why it placed it in the Android 4.0 ICS update list to begin with if it had no intentions of upgrading it.
The only thing left now for Xperia Play owners is to reconcile with Android 2.3 Gingerbread or move on to a more powerful and well supported device. For the rest of us, it seems like the waiting game has begun another round, as Sony is surely going to release another PlayStation certified smartphone in the near future, but the only question that remains is when.
Of course, if you happen to own one of these ill fated devices, you could always join the dark side of Android and install an ICS Custom ROM made by the dedicated developers ever present on the xda forums.