Sony Ericsson Releases ICS Alpha ROM for Xperia Devices

Good news for all the recent Xperia device owners. Sony Ericsson has released ICS Alpha ROM (Android 4.0.1) for the unlocked Xperia devices like Xperia™ arc S, Xperia™ neo V and Xperia™ ray.

The Alpha ROM comes with limited features. As per the official blog post, the following wont work in the Alpha ROM yet.

  •     Google Mobile Services (GMS) apps are not included (for example, Gmail, Google Maps, etc.).
  •     Modem is turned off and SIM card will therefore not be recognized (this also means you can’t make any phone calls).
  •     Bluetooth™ is turned off.
  •     Wi-Fi® is turned off.
  •     ANT+ is turned off.
  •     FM-radio is turned off.

What’s new and what you can feel in the Alpha ROM

  • New “Roboto” font.
  • New “Holo” theme is supported (you are able to test apps written to make use of the Holo theme).
  • Music player control from lock screen.
  • Updated UI in the Settings menu.
  • Updated UI in the web browser.
  • Updated UI and interaction with the new messaging action bar.
  • Updated UI for improved multitasking.
  • Swipe to dismiss notifications, tasks and browser tabs in the Notification menu.


If you want to try the Alpha ROM, head over to the link below for the detailed instructions. Watch the below video for the demo.

Nice ways to get the users involved, eh?


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