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No Ice Cream Sandwich for Xperia Play

Android update leaves Sony's PlayStation phone behind

Sony will not make the latest Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" software update available to users of its Xperia Play smartphone.

Sony made its intentions clear on its official Sony Xperia blog.

"In regards to Xperia Play, after extensive in house testing with our developer teams and working with our partners, we have concluded that a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone on Ice Cream Sandwich - therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia Play."

It said the decision was based on feedback from developers and game content providers. The will be available for all other 2011 Xperia phones, including the Xperia arc, Xperia pro and Xperia ray. The Android 4.0 update adds new features like face unlock, voice search and better browsing.

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