Android Ice Cream Sandwich out now for Sony Ericsson Xperia phones, sort of

Android Ice Cream Sandwich out now for Sony Ericsson Xperia phones, sort ofWell, looks like Sony Ericsson is getting its backside in gear and responding to the demands for Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It's just taken the step of releasing a version of Android 4.0 that can be installed on unlocked Xperia devices.

That means if you have an Arc, Neo V or Ray, you can knock yourself out and pimp up with this alpha build. Don't be expecting the wonders (or letdowns) of the Galaxy Nexus here, though, as the update is still not the complete package.

In fact, it sounds more like a home-brewed concoction that an official release, with Gmail and Maps not included and Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and the modem all disabled. What gives?

And the best bit is the SIM card won't be recognised. So you can't actually use it to do very much at all, given that phone calls will be out.

The whole point, Sony Ericsson says, is that this is for "demonstration purposes only", though quite why anyone would want to demo an OS that can barely even string a sentence together is beyond us.

Still, it shows that Sony Ericsson is well on the way to getting ICS out there. A word of warning, though: you'll need to unlock the boot loader to install the update, and if you do that you won't be able to download or install the official Ice Cream Sandwich update down the line.

So it's good news all round, then.

For more info, head over to the Sony Ericsson Developer World site.

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Stelph  Dec. 16, 2011 at 11:05

Really Sony this is poor, I would expec better from the devs at XDA Developers and they are working with far worse equipement and resources than you have available (and they do a bloody good job at it too)

Saying that, that is one of the annoyances with a OS where the manufacturer doesnt really have an interest in the OS or its ecosystem, the aim is to make money from the hardware so they are interested in updating products that have been released, the focus is all on the next model...

Thats why, in a way, iTunes is the greatest part of the iPhone meaning apple keep maintaing there operating system so that people are able to keep buying music/apps/videos from iTunes...

thepreacher  Dec. 16, 2011 at 12:50

Its an alpha version and has only been released for demonstration purposes and they wouldn't be allowed to release a version with mobile capabilities enabled without getting it tested that's why its so restricted
Google has changed that, manufactures have to sign up to giving 18 months of updates.
iTunes the greatest part, your having a laugh, the idea of what iTunes should do is great, sadly the actual software is often lacking and far to restrictive

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 16, 2011 at 14:04

That's a start. I have not seen a release of ICS on XDA that would boot on any of Sony phones. This should significantly help dev community.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 16, 2011 at 15:18

Google has changed that, manufactures have to sign up to giving 18 months of updates.
Only in the US, in the rest of the world we're still at the network/carrier's mercy. Even in the US, they're more guidelines, than hard and fast rules.

jaybear88  Dec. 16, 2011 at 15:52

Is this Sonys attempt at proving that they have changed their ways with a little "Lookey, Lookey! See? I do good? Yes?"

Stelph, well done in complimenting iTunes, it's something I've never experienced before.

9El9Nino9  Dec. 16, 2011 at 20:06

rather then people looking at this as a step of going ahead its sad to see just a moan here and there. at least its pretty much proof that you're getting ICS!!!!

P.s. slide to unlock is patented in America so could this mean either sony pay lots of money to idiots who patented a gesture or revert the the htc ring?(which now i believe is used by google too)

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 19, 2011 at 08:38

I prefer the ring. I think HTC idea is best one right now.

Stelph  Dec. 19, 2011 at 11:31

Stelph, well done in complimenting iTunes, it's something I've never experienced before.

Well im a fan of convergence, and having one program to more or less organise everything on my phone is a real plus in my eyes!

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