Dec 15 AT 1:00 PM Nick Gray 34 Comments

SONY Ericsson releases Ice Cream Sandwich alpha ROM for unlocked Xperia phones

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SONY Ericsson is the second OEM to deliver an Android 4.0 alpha build for developers to play with. The Android 4.0.1 developer build is available for the XPERIA Arc, XPERIA Neo and XPERIA Ray and can be downloaded directly from SONY Ericsson’s site.

As tempting as it may be to download the Ice Cream Sandwich alpha build for your phone, we’d recommend that you wait things out a bit. SONY Ericsson has quite a few limitations in place to make sure that only advanced developers take the plunge. The Android 4.0.1 build does pack quite a few new features, but SE has not included Google’s apps and has turned off support calling and SMS, Bluetooth, WiFi, ANT and the FM radio.

SONY Ericsson hasn’t give us any new information as to when an official update for the phones will be available for the general public, but we’re still excited to see the progress that they’ve made so far. Check out the video below for a quick look at what Android 4.0.1 looks like on the XPERIA Arc.

How long do you think it will take the development community to turn SE’s Android 4.0.1 alpha ROM into a fully functional daily driver?

New features include:

  • New “Roboto” font
  • New “Holo” theme is supported (able to test apps written to make use of the Holo theme)
  • Music player control from lock screen
  • Updated UI in the Settings menu
  • Updated UI in the web browser
  • Updated UI and interaction with the new messaging action bar
  • Updated UI for improved multitasking
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks and browser tabs in the Notification menu

[Thanks @mr1338 for the tip]

Source: SONY Ericsson Developer World

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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