Sony Ericsson releases Android 4.0 update for testing on Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Ray

Sony Ericsson has taken the rather bold step of releasing an early work-in-progress version of the Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” update for a few of its 2011 Xperia mobiles, giving those who are keen on installing custom ROMs a chance to have a play with the update as it stands right now.

The release will bring a semi-working version of Android 4.0 to unbranded versions of the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray, with everything you need to get it running listed on SE’s Developer Blog.

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Obviously this comes with many disclaimers – for a start, the alpha code doesn’t currently support phone calls! If you’re still keen, or just curious, there’s a video of Android 4.0 running on an Xperia Arc S embedded below…

Again, as with that early Samsung Galaxy S II Android 4.0 update, it’s quite disappointing to see much of Google’s hard work in updating Android’s look and feel disappear beneath a manufacturer skin. Still, it’s a big step forward all the same. And Sony Ericsson’s UI is pretty nice in itself.

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  1. Yeah I was really looking forward to normal ICS. However bare in mind that’s a straight port of ICS + Timescape for 2.x. Hopefully the final will be better.

  2. We all knew this would be the case but it hurts all the same.

    There are little things you could like about most manufacturer skins but none of them hit the mark for me so CM9 here I come.

    Also I think this will be a turning point for the Google phone as the nexus will be the phone of choice for so many more users now that it appeals to more than the geeks.

    This time next year I’ll be lived up for a free upgrade to whichever nexus comes out kicking and fighting.

  3. Out of interest which Android phones allow for switching of UI?

    Also is it possible to download the vanilla ICS launcher for branded phones?

    FYI for the Record my Acer supports switching from Acer UI to Vanilla. Though it is an ancient Liquid that I would love to upgrade from.

    • Gary_C

       /  December 16, 2011

      Not many. The Huawei Blaze does it as well as the Acers, but I can’t think of any others.

      • So the Huawei Honor might become the 2012 Mid Range Android Phone of Choice? at least for folks like me.

    • gooks

       /  December 16, 2011

      I havent come across a single device that wont allow you to download and use a different launcher/UI.


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