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Sony Ericsson crowd-sourcing ICS preview ROMs

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Sony Ericsson crowd-sourcing ICS preview ROMs
This is one of the coolest stories we've come across in a while. Sony Ericsson is really taking the update to Android 4.0 seriously by releasing alpha builds for certain phones and even asking for community help in the process.

Sony Ericsson has released alpha builds of Android 4.0 for the Xperia Ray, Xperia Arc S, and Xperia Neo V handsets. This is well ahead of the scheduled release of the updates, but SE has a really cool plan here. While these ROMs are not intended for casual users or daily use, SE is pushing for users to use the xda forums to talk about the builds and help SE to build the ROMs better, and more quickly. This is a great gesture of openness that we're hoping catches on with with more Android manufacturers.

The ROMs are not fully functional - modem, WiFi and Bluetooth are all disabled. But, if you want to be part of the building process, you can jump in. You'll also be able to see how Sony Ericsson is going to skin ICS.

source: Sony Ericsson via The Verge

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posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:09 14

1. dws93 (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

WOW I think Sony Ericsson is working very hard these days , I hope to see the old glamour of SE coming back

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 16:50 8

7. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

It will be Sony by then...

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 12:49 4

2. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

Sony Ericsson #1....

Can't wait for my Arc to get updated.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 13:08 4

3. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)

Same here. . .

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 13:19 4

4. negmm90 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

Can't wait to get the update on my Xperia neo

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 13:42 4

5. israelian (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)

I'm Neo user. I somehow think there's no much differences between this alpha ICS and Sony's 2.3.4 :(
Here are my suggestion to Sony developer teams for the upcoming ICS features:

- updated kernel to 3.0. why does sony still use old kernel 2.6? are they joking? Samsung's has already moved to 3.0. Sony doesn't make any senses to me.
- face unlock feature for xperia series which have front camera
- revamped themes. I still see gingerbread appearances on ICS Alpha version
- status switch on notification bar
- improved battery lifetime
- mega bass feature on music player as old walkman phone W series

it doesn't matter to me whether sony will launch the Final ICS on Feb or mar 2012, so long as we would get revamped themes and updated kernel to 3.0 or newer.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 13:43 1

6. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

I thought Sony bought out Ericson and now the company is just Sony so shouldn't Ericson be excluded from the names in this article?

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 16:51 2

8. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

not yet...

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 19:43

9. makkhay (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)

isn't this available for xperia arc?....

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