By Stephen Schenck | May 24, 2012 11:00 AM
Back when we were first hearing from Android manufacturers about their plans to deliver Ice Cream Sandwich updates to previously-released smartphones, there was understandably a bit of confusion over just which models would and wouldn’t be making the trip to Android 4.0. By and large, though, those inconsistencies have smoothed themselves out in the months that have followed, and we’ve seen some pretty comprehensive lists from both manufacturers and carriers concerning precisely which phone will be seeing updates. That’s what makes it so surprising at this point in time to hear suggestions that some of those upgrade expectations were wrong. Such a thing may be happening to Sony’s Xperia Play, which previously seemed like a lock for ICS.
We’ve heard Sony talk about ICS for the Play, and even seen the company release official beta ROMs for curious owners to test on their phones. By all accounts, it was just a matter of time before we’d get word of a final release. Now, though, could Sony have changed its mind about bringing Android 4.0 to the Play?
A page about Android 4.0 on Sony Mobile’s website presents a list of Androids set to get their ICS updates. While it includes plenty of the Play’s contemporaries, that model itself is conspicuously absent.
This could be as innocent as an oversight, but it’s not inconceivable that, after giving things its best try, Sony just couldn’t get ICS on the Play to a place where it felt comfortable putting its name on an official release. While possible, we should remember that Sony’s ICS releases are going to be optional, manual updates, which we would think would have the opposite effect on influencing the decision to release a right-on-the-fence update. So, just what is going on with the Play? We’d love to hear something, Sony.