I know, I know. 4.0.2 sounds a lot like Android 4.0, but it isn't. It's actually Gingerbread 2.3.4, and Verizon Xperia Play owners who wish to rock out like it's May 2011 need only mash the update button. 

The good news (in addition to the version bump) is that this update will let you take pictures with the right trigger (how did they not think of that earlier?), enable 720p video with continuous autofocus, and fix those crazy bugs like charging forcing landscape mode. You also get to take screenshots with the power button. The bad news is that it will install Verizon Video on Demand and Verizon Navigator.

To save you the horror of having to open a PDF, here's the full list of everything in the update:


  • Verizon Wireless Video on Demand now comes preloaded.
  • Improved user experience and new delivery method of preloaded games.
  • When connected via Bluetooth®, the Music Player now supports Fast Forward and Rewind.
  • VZ Navigator® has been updated with the latest 3D map improvements.

Device Operation

  • Upgraded to Gingerbread 2.3.4 operating system.
  • A long-press of the power button will successfully capture a screen shot.
  • Charging issues forcing device to remain in landscape mode have been resolved.
  • Recommended contacts now populate correctly when using the dialpad.
  • Camera Improvements:
       • Right trigger successfully captures a picture. 
       • Record video in 720p with continuous auto-focus.
  • Device is now enabled with the Wireless Emergency Alerting System.
  • Mobile Hotspot ID broadcast can be turned off to increase security.

Like I said earlier, just hit that update button for the OTA, and keep holding out hope for that real 4.0 update.

Source: Verizon Support via XDA (Thanks, Erik)

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    This unfortunate especially in light of the fact that there was that very nice post last week about how Sony is on the leading edge of the AOSP.

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Well, the carrier limitations are at play here. Also, neo V, Arc and Ray have already got ICS from mid-April, with rest of the devices to follow in May/June. The certifications for stuff like Wi-Fi etc take time. Considering Sony is the only one who's updating an entire line of devices, it's commendable. But again, Verizon is probably gonna delay that as well. Stupid carriers -.-

  • nathan

    Once again got my hopes up again and verizon smashes them. Went to update and there is nothing to update.

  • fixxmyhead

    haha love the troll thumbnail

  • FrillArtist

    Ice Cream Sandwich will NEVER happen on this phone. It's guaranteed.

  • Peruvian dude

    Can the update be downloaded on Xperia Play cellphones that are not from verizon and not from the US?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No, don't do that.

      • Fuego999

         I updated mine few days ago using the sony pc companion, went ok.

        • Fuego999

           Sorry forgot to mention, carrier telce, country MX.