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Sony Removes Xperia PLAY From ICS Update List

Sony has removed the Xperia PLAY device, from the list of handsets that will receive the Android 4.0 OS.

Back in December 2011, Sony released the Android 4.0 update roadmap, which listed all of the current devices were set to receive the Android 'Ice Cream Sandwich' 4.0 update.

Sony has now announced in a blog post that "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."

The following handsets are still listed in the queue for the ICS update; Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, Xperia ray, Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.

The Xperia PLAY shipped with a slide-out PlayStation-esque games controller, a 4in display, 512MB of RAM and 400MB of internal memory. The device also comes with an 8GB microSD card to increase the phone's available memory, but users can extend this with a 32GB card.

The device features a Qualcomm 1GHz Scorpion processor, a five-megapixel camera capable of 720p video recording, and it ran from the Android ‘Gingerbread' 2.3 OS.