Sony Scraps Android 4.0 for Xperia Play Due to Gaming Issues
Sony Mobile today confirmed that it no longer plans to update the Xperia Play smartphone to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In an email sent to Phone Scoop, a Sony Mobile spokesperson explained, "Ice Cream Sandwich demands more from the phone hardware than Gingerbread. Android 4.0 is a more powerful OS and thus, more resource intensive - applications require more RAM, CPU power, and network bandwidth. From internal testing and feedback from the developer community on the beta ROM software release, we have seen a significant decline in user experience when running high performance games, as they are more demanding on the hardware. As gaming content is so integral to the core Xperia Play proposition, we cannot recommend an upgrade." Sony has been actively updating much of its Xperia line of devices to Android 4.0, and even supplied a beta ICS update to the Xperia Play earlier this year. Sony's decision affects all variants of the Xperia Play, including those sold by AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the U.S.
source: Sony Mobile
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