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Game over: No Xperia Play Ice Cream Sandwich update

There are always going to be some disappointed consumers when it comes to deciding who gets an update to Ice Cream Sandwich and who doesn’t. Unfortunately, those of you still using a Sony Xperia Play handset are in for a little bit of a shock.

Despite being released in just April last year, Sony has made an announcement on their official Xperia blog that the popular Xperia Play device will not be getting an update to the latest version of Android.

The reasoning behind their decision will probably be hard to stomach for a lot of Xperia Play owners, as the company has said that ‘A consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone’. Tell that to the vast amount of users though, who are already enjoying a stable Ice Cream Sandwich experience on the device thanks to a custom ROM.

It is obviously a kick in the teeth to those who have stayed on official Gingerbread in the hope of getting an update just like the long list of other Xperia devices due to get it, but it looks like an unofficial route is the only way out now. Sony has also said that stability would have been ‘comprised’ if they had put ICS on the device, putting their gaming performance at risk which they are not willing to do.

How do current owners feel about this though? From our point of view, it seems to be a sad state of affairs that consumers can buy a new product under the assumption that they would at least get continued software updates after a year of purchase. Imagine a scenario where Samsung will not update the Galaxy S III a year on from now – would you still be willing to buy it?

Let us know if you now plan to install a custom ROM instead, or if you understand it from Sony’s point of view.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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