Android 4.0 ICS Alpha ROM’s Now Available For Sony Ericsson Xperia Devices

Let the party begin!  Sony Ericsson has joined the small line of those being the first to offer an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for their unlocked Xperia line.  They’ve released an Alpha ROM today that supports bootloader-unlocked devices Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and the Xperia Ray devices.  Dev’s can now get a quick preview of the ICS goodness that’s to come.  The company has already confirmed that they plan to update their entire Xperia lineup over the next several months.  We’ll certainly +1 that.  As far as the ROM goes, keep in mind that certain functionality is going to be rather limited at start due to legality issues.  No Google apps will be included and the ability to make a phone call is excluded at this time as well.  So, no daily driver here, of course.  If you still want to give it a go despite the limitations, check out the source link as well as a video provided by SE of a walk through on how to flash the ICS ROM.  You can check out things like the lock screen, music controls and task switcher.

[via Sony Ericsson]

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