Xperia Play Receives Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Beta Firmware Update


30.03.2012

Xperia Play Receives Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Beta Firmware Update

After Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Neo V and Ray have received a beta version of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware, which will arrive next month, it’s time for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play to receive a similar firmware update.

One of the most unusual terminals on the market, Xperia Play, a gaming console + smartphone developed by Sony, will soon receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. For the time being the new firmware is in beta stage, according to Sony Developer World.

This new firmware version is not designed for the regular users, because it requires an unlocked bootloader. After unlocking the bootloader you will have to perform some specific actions in order to be able to install the official version once it’s released, it doesn’t come with native Google apps and it doesn’t have drivers for the wireless mode.

The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich beta update for Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was released for the developers who want to analyse the performance and compatibility of their products. The advanced users can install it, too, but we’d not recommend it as it might be unstable. The Sony terminals that will receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update in May are Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Neom Mini, Mini Pro and Live with Walkman.

Those not aware of Sony Ericsson Xperia Play technical specifications should know that the device comes with a 4.0-inch LED-backlit LCD display, touch-sensitive gaming controls, PSP like gaming buttons, a single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon Scorpion CPU and Adreno 205 GPU, 512 MB of RAM and 400 MB of internal flash storage, expandable to up to 32 GB thanks to the microSD card slot. Xperia Play also features a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash and support for HD video recording.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread with Timescape UI and it can be currently upgraded to Android 2.3.7 via the use of CyanogenMod.

I believe that it’s time for Sony to launch the next-gen Xperia Play, maybe with 1 GB of RAM, based on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core plaform and with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board out of the box.

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