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 XPERIA PLAY NEWS

Rumour: Xperia Play firmware update suggests ICS might be back on the cards

But it's not likely

Product: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play | Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson
 
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You might want to take this one with a heavy garnish of pinched salt, but a post on the PTCRB suggests that the firmware update required to run Ice Cream Sandwich has been certified for the Xperia Play.

As Xperia Gamer has pointed out, the firmware build version, 4.1.B.0.431, is the same one that's been rolled out for the Xperia Arc, one of the phones that will be getting updated to ICS in the not too distant future.

Of course, a firmware update doesn't necessarily mean anything, and there could be plenty of explanations for why it's made an appearance. A lot of work had already gone into the ICS update for Xperia Play, and it's entirely possible that this is just a remnant left in the system after it got cancelled.

It seems unlikely that Sony has changed its mind so soon after announcing that the Play wouldn't be receiving the upgrade to Android 4.0, but we all love a mystery, so it might be worth keeping an eye on your Xperia Play in the coming days to see if the firmware does actually turn up.
 

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hamad335500 | 14:13 - 24 June 2012
Sony's rationale for canning the ICS for the Xperia PLAY was performance issues with games. If this is indeed to be believed, then one has to wonder why Sony hasn't released the updated Adreno 205 driver. The driver update was released by Qualcomm on the 30th of December at the end of LAST YEAR. The update is believed to give a performance increase of up-to 1.5x or even 2x in some cases depending on phone and app. This is just one in a number of very simple measures that Sony could but haven't taken to bring us a stable ICS to the Xperia PLAY. Another is the clock speed/frequency. It is currently clocked to a measly 1Ghz while it can be safely clocked to as high a frequency as 1.9Ghz, so why not clock it to a still very stable 1.4Ghz, would this not increase performance to a sufficient enough level? Alas, this brings me back to my earlier criticisms of Sony's dev team and their utter incompetence, or at best, lack of giving a damn for supporting older devices. I was foolish to expect better from Sony, a lesson well learnt indeed.
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adampsyreal | 02:10 - 21 June 2012
Root = ? I want to play street fighter 4 with no lag. what other games would be fun? -- personally i like any game i can play with 1 - hand while i work.
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trinica | 20:32 - 19 June 2012
@aros, it doesn't mean that at all. Your phone functions normally, you just have more access to its features and apps that normally would not be available to you. Rooting is simple, quick, and useful, I would recommend it to anyone with an Android device. With the help of a few apps it can save battery, eliminate ads, boost processing power, and give you total control over the bloatware on your phone. Personally, I'll never own a non-rooted device again. =P
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shoky | 20:21 - 19 June 2012
It would be amazing!!
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Elron | 18:02 - 19 June 2012
It was this site that made me buy my Xpreia Play R800 on June 2nd 2012! Thanks for always posting news of this great phone on my fav site!
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Elron | 17:06 - 19 June 2012
I hope so I love my Xperia Play! I play it more than my PS Vita 3G.
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aros | 11:28 - 19 June 2012
Root means you can't update anyway doesn't it?
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