Sony’s starting to make good on its promise of bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to a vast majority of its mobile line-up. Next in the running is the diminutive Sony Xperia Mini Pro, but there’s a serious question: how come this tiny thing can run Android 4.0 and the Xperia Play can’t?
It seems that the worldwide rollout of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Xperia Mini Pro is underway. The word is that you may have to wait if you’ve got the phone locked to a network, as is always the case, but that you should otherwise be able to download the update through Sony’s PC Companion tool by connecting your phone and checking for updates.
Android 4.0 on the Xperia Mini Pro should give you a similar, if slightly scaled down experience to what’s on offer here:
But something’s bugging us. The Sony Xperia Mini Pro’s specs are feeble in the grand scheme of things – it’s got just a 1GHz processor and 400MB of RAM – and yet it’s managed to make the jump to ICS without worry.
The more powerful Xperia Play, on the other hand, has had its Ice Cream Sandwich rights revoked by Sony, who claims that the original Playstation Phone isn’t up to the task. Surely if the Mini Pro can take the strain, the Xperia Play can too?
Sony’s official word on the matter was that the Xperia Play’s focus on gaming was what broke the Android 4.0 experience in testing. That sounds fair enough – you’re probably not going to be putting the Mini Pro through anything too graphically demanding – but it does make us wonder: How will HTC handsets cope when they get Sony Playstation Suite access?
Source: The Inquirer