Though the final update will be available next month, for the time being, Xperia Play users can have a taste of Android ICS on their devices with the beta upgrade.
on 04/03/2012 – Made popular on 04/03/2012
Unfortunately a large number of Xperia Play owners are not happy about the fact that their Playstation-certified device has been denied the Android 4.0 upgrade. Fortunately the wait is over for Xperia arc and neo owners! A screenie posted recently tells us that Ice Cream Sandwich is now starting to roll out to the Sony devices.
Sony announced plans to rollout an over-the-air (OTA) update over the next few days for three devices to bring them up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The devices include the Sony Xperia Go, Xperia U and Xperia Sola.
Sony continues to show us how much love they have for hacking and tinkering by releasing Emma, a new flash tool for Xperia devices with unlocked bootloaders. It’s in beta, and it gives users the ability to revert back to Sony stock ROMs. For starters, it’s only available on the Xperia S, Xperia arc, and Xperia arc S, but more handsets will be added soon.
20 games are coming to Sony Ericsson’s Android-powered Xperia Play smartphone, with 10 Xperia Play exclusives to whet the appetite of Xperia Play owners and all to be showcased at the upcoming E3 games conference – alongside Playstation 1 games soon to also be made available.
Late last week, UK wireless carrier O2 announced via their company blog that they had decided to not rollout an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for a trio of Sony smartphones. O2 indicated they had conducted extensive testing of ICS on the devices and determined the impact on the phones’ speed and performance would lead to a negative user experience.
Sony has been more than proactive about pushing out timely software updates for many of its premium devices in the past, so the time has come for it to answer the dreaded question: when will its devices get the coveted Jelly Bean update? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is for owners of most Xperia devices made in 2012, you will in fact get the Jelly Bean update.