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Sony Xperia Play Smartphones Get Ice Cream Sandwich Beta

Sony Mobile has announced that Xperia Play will receive a beta of Ice Cream Sandwich more than a month after three of its other Xperia siblings got theirs.

Karl-Johan Dahlström, writing on SonyMobile's Developer World forum, highlighted the fact that some games would need to be optimised to work on Ice Cream Sandwich, one of the pitfalls of moving to a new operating system.

The mobile company put out the beta of ICS in order to get gamers and developers testing the upgrade in order to inform them of any odd behaviour that might affect games running on it.

Those looking to download and install the RIM will need to make sure that they are aware of how to install and switch between ROMs, that they are using the latest Xperia Play software release and that they are ready to agree to use the software "as is" without guarantee.

The Xperia Play was launched at last year's Mobile World Congress and failed to capture gamers' imagination despite being the first Sony Playstation certified handset and the first mainstream smartphone, since the Nokia Ngage to feature a proper game controller.

A number of reasons can explain this : firstly the rise of cheaper quality games on iOS and Android that can run outside Sony's realm has increased competition.

Then there's the fact that the Xperia Play was launched at nearly £500 with hardware that was, at the time, already well behind the competition.

Source : SonyMobile (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.