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[ROM] Sony Ericsson official ICS alpha ROM arc S, ray, neo V

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By KalleD, Sony Mobile Developer on 15th December 2011, 02:52 PM
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Hi all devs,
We just released a blogpost announcing that we have made an ICS alpha ROM available for users with very good tech skills. This means that you should have an unlocked boot loader, and have the knowledge to switch between different ROMs (read our blog post for further disclaimers ; ) ). Also, please note that the released SW is only applicable for Xperia™ arc S, Xperia™ neo V and Xperia™ ray. Xperia™ arc will not work, as it has different partition layouts.

This is the first time we have done an activity like this and I, and all others behind this really value your feedback The release of the ICS alpha ROM is our way of sharing where we are with the ICS upgrade project. My team at Developer World, also published an article last week outlining the different activities we have to pass before releasing an official ICS ROM Looking at that article I would say that we are now in the Bringup phase. You will also quickly see that we have not passed certification and approval phase, since we were not allowed to have the radio module turned on. This means that you can’t make any phone calls or use Wi-Fi. However, I still thought that this will be valuable to the tech community. Youtube video:

What you can do is to test ICS applications early on, and you can also give us feedback on this initiative, and what you think about the ICS alpha ROM. Did it meet your expectations? What things would you wish for. We have a link to a survey in the blog post, where you can submit your feedback. But hey, I can’t promise that we can take care of all requests, as I know you will have plenty… Lastly I believe this release will benefit the custom ROM developers so they can see where we are in our process and how we have solved different things.

Share your opinions!

/Karl-Johan “Kalle” Dahlström
Sony Ericsson Developer Program
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15th December 2011, 02:56 PM |#2  
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This a great step from SE. We'll be happy to test and provide feedback.

Keep up the good work
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15th December 2011, 02:58 PM |#3  
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That's awesome!
Thanks for releasing the alpha builds and supporting the modding community!
Keep up the good work

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15th December 2011, 02:59 PM |#4  
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WOOOW, SE Development Team is fantastic!

Little question:
Xperia arc not yet?
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15th December 2011, 03:13 PM |#5  
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WOW! This is seriously fantastic! When you first announced you were supporting FXP and made camera libs avaiable, I thought that was amazing. But letting the community try you guys have achieved is so cool! This is the most awesome thing, I have ever seen a company do, seriously!
I have seen something similair before, where devs. make an alpha-release, and already from there, want different oppinions and built from that. Keep involving with the community SE!
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15th December 2011, 03:22 PM |#6  
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FreeXperia Team want to say thanks to SonyEricsson for the great Communitywork you are doing!

Best Regards
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15th December 2011, 03:23 PM |#7  
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That's nice, but I have two questions.

The final ICS for Xperia will look different, fresh, right? Becuase this one looks just like Gingerbread.

I noticed on that video, that you have to long press home button to get the list of running apps. Isn't ICS supposed to get rid of the menu button, by making it to work like home long press used to in Gingerbread?
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15th December 2011, 03:28 PM |#8  
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great move from SE!!!
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15th December 2011, 03:33 PM |#9  
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Hmmm what will happen if i flash this to my Play? Not the best idea right?
15th December 2011, 03:42 PM |#10  
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Originally Posted by IE-coRe

Hmmm what will happen if i flash this to my Play? Not the best idea right?

I wouldn't think this would be a good idea lol.

Anyone read this its inside the "readme" Also, if you unlock the boot loader, you will not be able to download and install the final Ice Cream Sandwich software upgrade from Sony Ericsson.
For additional information on limitations and warranty, please see the Sony Ericsson Unlock boot loader service.
15th December 2011, 03:47 PM |#11  
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Spot on SE Dev team, you guys are leading the way these days when it comes to the support for the people that people ask what phone to get, as lets be honest everyone ask's there "Geek" friends what phone to get and the love that SE gives to us just goes to show you are a company that really does care what we the users want to see in the products we buy from you.
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