Sony has already confirmed a number of its Xperia smartphones will receive the tasty Android 4.0 update, Ice Cream Sandwich – and now it’s made a Beta version of the software available to developers for “Playstation Phone” – the Xperia PLAY.
Following a general Xperia video teaser last month, which revealed that the music player and camera can be accessed via the lock screen of the new Android OS, the Beta has now gone live allowing devs to tinker with the Android ICS update and optimise their software, particularly the Playstation certified gaming which is, of course the key point of sale for the Sony handset.
This cut back version is made exclusively for software veterans and isn’t intended for our grubby hands just yet and the official spiel reads “This ROM is strictly targeting advanced developers, and it will not work for ordinary everyday usage, as it only has a limited set of features working (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ANT+ is turned off, and GMS apps are not included as these features are not certified yet).” – the software is also lacking Google standard Google features such as Gmail and Google Maps.
So, doesn’t really mean much to you as a consumer you’re thinking? Well, this actually would be a good indication that ICS for your Xperia PLAY is nearing completion and is in the end stages before it’s rolled out in a full version to the public in the near future. PLAY owners, get excited – Your Ice Cream Sandwich should be delivered just in time for Summer!
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