The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc LT15i has received a lot of attention these days with both official and unofficial Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs being released. But that’s not all; the Android community has also devoted its attention to modified hacks and rooting methods for this device.
The good news is that it doesn’t stop there; the Xperia Arc is still getting much more development love with XDA Developers member Supervenom jumping on the bandwagon. The latest ROM for the Xperia Arc is based on AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) sources and is aptly named Arc AOKP. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, AOKP ROMs are known for their customization options, as well as the famous inbuilt ROM Control mod.
However, the ROM is still in its early stages of development and may contain some bugs that need to be eradicated as development continues. There are two known features that still don’t work: video recording and Bluetooth. But rest assured, the ROM is still fully functional.
- The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, model number LT15i. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
- The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
- Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
- Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.
- Rooted Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc LT15i
- Need help with rooting? You can refer to this guide.
- Need help with stock firmware? You can refer to this guide.
- ClockworkMod Recovery installed on the phone
- A Windows PC
- Phone drivers installed on the PC
- Backup all personal data on your phone to make sure you have a copy of your personal data (e.g., contacts, SMS, MMS, Internet settings, Wi-Fi passwords, and the like) in case the procedure in this guide erases such data.
- Fully charged battery or at least 70% battery left
- Download the following files and save them to your PC.
- Copy the ROM and GApps packages to the root of your phone’s SD card.
- Using WinRAR or a similar program, extract the contents of the ADB and Fastboot package into a folder on your computer. Copy ARC-DooMKernel-ICS-BETA-v04-high-boot.img into the same folder.
- Turn off your phone.
- Place the phone in Fastboot Mode, as follows: Plug one end of the USB cable to the PC. As you plug the other end of the cable to your phone, hold down the Menu key on the phone.
- Launch a terminal or command prompt on your PC. If you’re on Windows, you can just double-click the commandprompt.bat file inside the folder where you extracted the ADB and Fastboot package.
- Enter the following command at the terminal or command prompt to manually flash the kernel. Press the Enter key after each command:
fastboot flash boot ARC-DooMKernel-ICS-BETA-v04-high-boot.img
- After the kernel is flashed, you should get a “Finished” message inside the command prompt window, indicating that you have successfully flashed your phone.
- Safely disconnect your phone from your computer.
- Turn on your phone. You should be welcomed by the kernel logo. As soon as the blue LED lights up, start pressing the Back button multiple times to boot your phone into Recovery Mode.
- Inside Recovery, select Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
- Select Wipe Cache.
- Select Install ZIP from SD Card > Choose ZIP from SD Card then browse for the downloaded ROM zip file and select it. Confirm the installation by selecting Yes on the screen that follows. Repeat the same procedure to install the GApps package.
- After installing both packages, select Go Back to return to the main recovery menu.
- Select Reboot System Now to reboot your phone.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed the Arc AOKP custom ROM based on AOKP Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on your Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc LT15i.
Paul and I.T. are synonyms. If you need help with I.T.-related stuff, call on Paul. His experience with Android phones goes way back to the ancient single-core-phone days. But, he keeps himself up to date, so now he has a dual-core beast in his pocket, and is looking forward to getting his first quad-core monster, and when it comes, his first eight-core phone. Perhaps he should be called Mr. X-Core, where "X" equals the number of CPU cores.