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Sony Mobile demos Android 4.0, makes beta ROM available

February 23, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

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Sony Eric…excuse me, Sony Mobile has once again shown off what customers can expect when its 2011 Xperia line of phones receive Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). In a YouTube video posted on the Sony Mobile developer page, Sony Mobile has briefly demoed what ICS looks like mixed with its own Timescape UI.

And if you’re not keen on merely watching Android 4.0, you can grab your own serving of Ice Cream Sandwich as well. The beta ROM is available now for developers and owners of the following rooted, bootloader-unlocked phones: Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V, and Xperia Ray. (Do not use this on the standard Xperia Arc or Neo because they are different.) The ROM has bugs and doesn’t support any of the Google Mobile services, so you probably won’t be able to use this as a daily driver. But it can provide a direct look at what to expect when the Xperia line is officially supported in the coming weeks.

Sony has updated the UI, but it’s much more Timescape than it is Ice Cream Sandwich. However, that was to be expected based on previous looks at the alpha ROM. This isn’t the final version, but it has added some important ICS features in multitasking, the notification window, the dialer, lockscreen, and Face Unlock. Take a look at the video below to see a few of these changes in action. To get access to or more information on the Beta ROM, visit the Sony Mobile developer blog.