May 29, 2012
It appears as if the end of the line may be coming for the Xperia Play. After last year’s announcement that there were no immediate plans for a followup to the phone, now it seems that a full release of Ice Cream Sandwich won’t be coming to the phone.
While a beta version was released, and custom ROMs are available, the fact that Sony appears to be ceasing development on the phone does signal that the end is near. Gingerbread is still a ‘modern’ OS of sorts, considering that the majority of Android phones still run that 2.3 OS.
If this is the end, it’s a shame. The phone did a better job at attracting exclusives and developer support for an external control standard than any other phone or device. This may be in large part due to Sony promoting the phone. The Xperia line is continuing, and the lack of a gaming-focused phone, at least one that continues Play controls support, seems like a curious omission. For fans of mobile gaming who can’t get over touch screen controls, the eventual demise of the Play without a successor will leave a definite gap in the market.