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Sony Scraps Android 4.0 for Xperia Play Due to Gaming Issues

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May 25, 2012, 9:47 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.

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May 26, 2012, 3:04 AM

Sony is just lazy

They should stop cramming all that damn bloatware inside of their products. That takes care of any system or tech failures. I can't say they are lazy since they are putting ICS in so many of their phones, how about lets say uninspired.
But the Experia Play series was designed with gaming in mind, you can't very well send out an update that is going to break the primary purpose of the phone. This is the 'Playstation Phone'; that everyone told Sony to make because with the Playstatio...
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