Sony has just released a public BETA version of its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for a few Xperia devices. The video below was also uploaded on Sony’s dev youtube account . It showcases all the new updates of the Beta ROM .
The update brings a number of notable improvements from the Alpha ROM released in December last year.
New and Updated UI – The ROM brings a new ICS styled UI which brings much improvement to the Gingerbread UI. The UI animations are fluid and fast , and so are scrollable widgets.
Lockscreen Update – Now , there is a camera button on the lockscreen which takes you straight to the camera app . And finally, Sony have included a slick Music Player in the lockscreen. You can now control your music without unlocking. Sony have also confirmed to be including Google’s Face Unlock feature in the final release.
The modem is now approved and FM Radio as well as GSM is now working! Yes you can make calls as well as surf the net without much problems. Sony is still working hard to iron out all the bugs and certifications needed to release the full OTA update which is expected to arrive sometime in March .
Devices supported in this release are Xperia Arc S , Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray with build 4.0.2.A.0.42. Sorry original Arc and Neo users!
However , Sony have stressed that although they have gone through as much as they can to make it as stable and convenient to install , they only recommend advanced users to flash the ROM. Those of you who have experience with custom ROM’s will feel right at home however. You can download and read more of the update here .