In a page right out of the Android openness handbook, Sony released an official beta of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 today for anyone who owns an unlocked Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. Seems like Sony decided to get feedback from beta testers on how games perform on the device with ICS. Making this update available so openly comes at a cost, however, in the form of some pretty serious sounding disclaimers and caveats.
You must unlock your phone using our Unlock boot loader service, and agree to all the legal and warranty conditions that apply. Please note that you may void the warranty of your phone, any warranty from your operator or both if you unlock the boot loader of your phone. Sony Mobile can then no longer guarantee the full functionality of your phone, and will not be responsible for any unusable functions or loss of personal data associated to the beta ROM being flashed to the phone.
They go on to drop this little bomb:
Also, if you unlock the boot loader, you will not be able to download and install the final Ice Cream Sandwich software upgrade for Xperia™ phones.
So be warned, getting in early has its risks, though I believe Sony is just trying to cover their butts with this strong wording. Plus, there are methods of re-locking your boot loader, so you can most likely get back to a stock state and install the final release when it comes out, but I’m just guessing.
If you’re good with all this and know what you’re doing, then get your ICS on by downloading the beta from the source link below.
source: sonymobile blog