Sony Ericsson crowd-sourcing ICS preview ROMs

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



1. dws93

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

7. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

It will be Sony by then...

2. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Sony Ericsson #1.... Can't wait for my Arc to get updated.

3. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Same here. . .

4. negmm90

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

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

5. israelian

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 15, 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.

6. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 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?

8. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

not yet...

9. makkhay

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

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

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.