Last year, Sony Mobile, formally known as Sony Ericsson, announced that they would be bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to all single-core Xperia smartphones released within the same year. The said update is scheduled to arrive sometime in March or April of this year. Thankfully, Sony isn’t planning to disappoint its fans. Sony has just launched a beta version of its ICS ROM for all unlocked Xperia handsets in 2011 including the Xperia Arc, Xperia S, Xperia V and the Xperia Ray. This of course means that the promised major update will be arriving very soon.
Although the Beta ROM for ICS is ideally for developers, this doesn’t mean that average users aren’t going to enjoy playing with it. But, do remember to careful if you choose to install the beta version, as you do so at your own risk. However, if you love rooting all your Android devices, then this will be a great way to tinker around while sending out useful feedback to Sony. The beta version has a myriad of improvements such as an updated UI, lock screen and face unlock capabilities, FM radio and GSM modem, better email client and quick dialing.
Judging from the newly added features, it is clear that Sony still has more work to do prior to the major official release. Almost unbelievably, important features such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi haven’t been integrated yet. Another essential feature, Google’s suite of apps, is still imminent and hasn’t been approved. Thankfully, Sony has also considered opening their source code to developers to speed up the process and to come up with the best Android 4.0.3 update possible. If you are interested, you can visit Sony’s Developer Website to download the beta ROM update.