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JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony has released an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich beta for its gamer friendly Xperia Play handset.
The firm has issued the update as part of a trial and said that it really wants downloaders to give it feedback on the experience. So keen is it on this that it offers a variety of ways for users to submit feedback, including the chance to comment in a forum or fill in a feedback form.
So far, on the XDA developer forum at least, the responses are positive, though most have not had a chance to comment on the benefits of the update itself.
"When it comes to Xperia Play, we do know that some games will need to be optimised to work fine with ICS. Of course, big parts of the work with games are already initiated, and we work close with several game partners on this," said the firm in a release note.
"However, we would still like to get additional input from you, to get your opinion on how the content and games work on your Xperia Play."
Because of the nature of the Xperia Play handset Sony is particularly keen to find out how the update impacts gaming. It asks downloaders to try it out on as many games as possible and let it know whether the buttons and touchpads work properly, always a key indicator of performance, and if they have thing else that they would like to add.
The update is aimed at "advanced developers". µ