Sony Ericsson Xperia devices finally get the taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)! Coming from the developers over at at the Sony Ericsson Developer blog, the ICS release has no doubt stirred up the otherwise quiet Sony Ericsson development in context to ICS. The ROM for now, is an Alpha version and is meant as a test release for advanced users, so that the developers can gain useful feedback. It has been made available for the Arc S, Ray and Neo V devices for now, though hopefully support for more devices may follow once this ROM is ironed out. More on the ROM and how to get this running on your device after the break.
According to the developers:
“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 (you can for example not make any phone calls).”
- Google Mobile Services (GMS) apps are not included (for example, Gmail, Google Maps, etc.).
- Modem is turned off and SIM card will therefore not be recognized (this also means you can’t make any phone calls).
- Bluetooth™ is turned off.
- Wi-Fi is turned off.
- ANT+ is turned off.
- FM-radio is turned off.
Below you can see a video of the ROM in action.
Before continuing with the installation, you should know, that you need to have an unlocked bootloader. If your device does not have an unlocked bootloader, unlocking it will not allow your device to receive any future ICS update that Sony Ericsson pushes out in the future. Your call.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- An unlocked bootloader. Unlock your devices bootloader from unlockbootloader.sonyericsson.com.
- ICS for Arc S | Neo V | Xperia Ray.
- Phone running the latest 4.0.2.A.0.42 firmware.
- ADB installed on your system. See our guide on what is ADB and how to install it.
- To begin, download the ROM and extract the contents to the fastboot folder in the Android SDK.
- Boot the device into fastboot and connect it to the computer.
- Open command prompt or a terminal and enter the following commands:
fastboot flash boot boot.img fastboot flash userdata userdata.img fastboot flash system system.img
Now simply reboot your device and cross your fingers! You should now boot into the Alpha ICS ROM.