Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, Ray and Neo V if you own any of these Android devices then you have a great reason for joy. Sony Ericsson has released Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha ROM for these devices. Sony has become the second company after Huawei to release ICS ROM for their Smartphone’s. Huawei also released the ICS port for their high end Android Device Honor on 12th of December and became the first company to release ICS update for a Smartphone.
But in common thing is, both the companies have released the ICS update in beta mode so that the developers can test it. Normal users will sure face some issues. Fully compatible and stable update will soon be available after all the bug fixes hopefully. It doesn’t mean you cannot get the taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. But I would say if you are not into a lot of Androidism then leave it until stable and final update arrives. And also to install this alpha ROM of ICS you need to unlock boot loader of your Xperia device, so its not going to be easy for a layman.
Bugs in the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha Rom are:
- 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 recognised (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.
Features of Ice Cream Sandwich in Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, Ray and Neo V
- New “Roboto” font.
- New “Holo” theme is supported (you are 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.
To install the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Alpha ROM on your Xperia Device you can visit the official site and go through the detailed instruction.
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