Remember way back when Sony Ericsson tried to convince us that their skinned version of Android 2.1 Éclair was better than Android 2.2 Froyo, and thus an upgrade to vanilla Froyo would actually be a downgrade? After that PR nightmare, we were all shocked when Android 2.3 Gingerbread was released for the X10 in a relatively timely manner.
On behalf of the Sony Ericsson development team, XDA forum member KalleD has unleashed an official alpha build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for unlocked Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray, and Xperia Neo V devices. With this release, Sony Ericsson has become the first non-Nexus smartphone OEM vendor to provide a legitimate (albeit alpha) Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade! What a long way we’ve come.
We just released a blogpost http://developer.sonyericsson.com/wp…xperia-phones/ announcing that we have made an ICS alpha ROM available for users with very good tech skills. This means that you should have an unlocked boot loader http://unlockbootloader.sonyericsson.com, and have the knowledge to switch between different ROMs (read our blog post for further disclaimers ; ) ). Also, please note that the released SW is only applicable for Xperia™ arc S, Xperia™ neo V and Xperia™ ray. Xperia™ arc will not work, as it has different partition layouts.
Officially released ICS Alpha? This is almost too good to be true for us early adopters. Given that this is the first time Sony Ericsson has pulled a move like this, it is in everyone’s best interest to leave constructive feedback to ensure this soft of thing in the future. Hopefully other vendors can follow suit.
[Thanks to XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD for the tip!]