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Sony provides ICS beta for unlocked Xperia Play devices

Sony provides ICS beta for unlocked Xperia Play devices
The Xperia Play, the so-called “PlayStation phone”, wasn’t the smash success that Sony had hoped, but there are quite a few of them in the wild, and it still plays an important role in Sony’s long-term mobile gaming strategy. As mobile gaming encroaches ever further into the gaming dollars traditionally spent on console and PC gaming Sony must transition their popular gaming brand to the mobile ecosystem.

Sony can afford to take the long view on this – and their continuing software development for the Play sows they are doing just that. Due to “popular demand” Sony had made a beta build of Ice Cream Sandwich available to anyone who has unlocked their Xperia Play (and hence as voided the warranty). They are specifically asking for feedback from developers who are interested in kicking the new ROM out for a drive and kicking the tires to see what they can find.

The beta is not intended for general consumers, and Sony explicitly warns that the process is not for the faint of heart. The beta appears to be much further along that the leaked version from January, but you still won't get access to Google apps, so no Gmail, Maps, Navigation, etc.

But if you are a developer and have an Xperia Play, you can get an early peak at the update at the source link below. And with the importance that Sony is placing on the PlayStation store and Android gaming, your expertise may be contributing to the future of Sony-branded mobile gaming for everyone.

source: Sony via electronista

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posted on 30 Mar 2012, 12:56 1

1. the_s2 (Posts: 239; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

First one to promise ICS, will be the last one to deliver. Here I am, waiting with my Ray for over six months while my SII had it since two months. Latest report suggests Ray, Neo V and Arc S will get it by mid April, while others have to wait longer.

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 13:20 1

2. Zephyron (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

If your SII had it 2 months ago, then it ain't the official one, but rather a leaked one

ICS builds (basically near final but without Gapps, BT and WiFi) for the Ray was outed well over a month ago by Sony Mobile and can be flashed onto the Ray with BT, WiFi and Gapps flashed over in recovery

Data is working as well, and they have a more power efficient kernel up and running for the Ray that also supports overclocking

My Ray is running ICS Build 4.1.c.0.7 from Sony with an overclock at 1.4GHz, full market access, 2G/3G fully functioning, face unlock in place and whatnot with better power efficiency with any of the stock GB builds, everything's stable and GPU rendering is a go

Others have their arc S running at the same stage, same goes for the NeoV already, and given the Beta of the Xperia Play, folks also already have their Play up and running without the WiFi, BT and Gapps cripple

All the Xperias running ICS now have root access as well

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 13:31

3. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Yeah i was about to say. The SGS II official one was just recently released. Kudo's Zephyron!

posted on 30 Mar 2012, 13:41

4. the_s2 (Posts: 239; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Yeah 'course it was a leaked one! Got it on the official one last week :)

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