ICS on Arc S

Sony Ericsson has become one of the first manufacturers to release an early Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, hot on the heels of Huawei, which uploaded a test build for the Honor a couple of days ago. The alpha ROM released today supports bootloader-unlocked Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray handsets, and is intended to give developers a preview of what's to come. Sony Ericsson has of course already confirmed that the entire 2011 Xperia line will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich  in the months ahead.

Certain functionality is limited in the alpha ROM, most likely for legal reasons -- there are no Google apps included, and you won't be able to make phone calls, pretty much eliminating the possibility of using the ROM as your daily driver. We suspect some enterprising folks will be hacking away at this soon enough though, with the intention of removing some of these restrictions.

If you're not quite brave enough to flash this ROM on your own device, Sony Ericsson has also shot a brief video walkthrough showing off ICS features like the lock screen music controls and task switcher. You'll find it embedded right after the break, while instructions for flashing the alpha ROM can be found at the source link.

Source: Sony Ericsson Developer World


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There are 3 comments

15israellai says:

This looks rather like GB again...similar to how the TouchWiz ICS ROM doesn't differ much from the GSII. Doesn't overwhelm me.

dd0yl3 says:

That is probably how all the new oem skins are going to be over ICS.

Taz89 says:

no surprise that oems are sticking to their skins otherwise every phone would technically be a nexus phone.