An official Ice Cream Sandwich update for all Sony Xperia devices is coming in March 2012, but recently Sony’ developers came forward and have been hard at work to build Ice Cream Sandwich Apha ROM, a beta version of their Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for 2011 XPERIA phones. However, Sony Ericsson has made available Beta ROM for the Xperia Ray, Xperia Arc S and Neo V and ROMs are only compatible with bootloader-unlocked devices, though the latter two are not available in Canada.
Although this ICS Alpha ROM is a follow-up to an Alpha release in December, which comes with much more functionality than its predecessor, but it still lacks some features. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as access to Google Apps including the Android market are not present. Hopefully Google will give them the okay soon, as they’re waiting for an approval.
A number of improvements, the new ROM brings including an updated UI, improved lock screen, activated GSM modem and FM radios, and a quick dialer.
The new ICS Alpha ROM is said to be intended primarily for developer use, and there are still a lot of quirks. But if you are curious enough to grab ICS on your device, you must be running the latest Xperia software on your Neo V, Ray or Arc S (4.0.2.A.0.42) and your device must be unlocked with the official Sony bootloader unlock tool. Follow each step on how to install it on Sony’s developer blog. Meanwhile, have a quick look at working video below after the break.
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