Sony Ericsson officially released alpha build Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich on Sony Ericsson Arc S, Neo V and Ray.
Even though this news causes a surprise among the Sony Ericsson Smart Phone users, it is a fact that the company has officially released an alpha build based on Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich. You would love to try this if you own Sony Ericsson Smartphone. This is possibly the first company ever to officially release an alpha build for a new version of Android. The developer community that supported the company firmly declared that this was mainly for testing purpose only and was meant mainly for technical and technological geeks who have good knowledge about such things. For regular and normal users this would be like good features taken away. Yes, this is thoroughly true. With alpha ROM of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.1) for Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray available for download, the users should be ready to forgo some of the features initially like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Disclaimer: This information has been produced with complete care for increasing the simplicity of the procedure. But in case if some issues occur after the phone update or rooting then the site should not be held responsible for this. If at all you face any issues, you can contact us and we will help you sort out the same. It is also vital to keep in mind that when rooting is done the device warranty gets void. And this means that the warranty is not to be considered then.
First of all you should make sure that your Xperia Arc S, Neo V or Ray is on the latest software release. You can check this under settings and check for updates. If your Smartphone is not updated then you will have to update using Sony Ericsson’s PC Companion.
Step 2: Unlock your phone’s bootloader:
Point to Remember before unlocking the boot loader
Unlocking boot loader is the procedure wherein post procedural complications may occur. This means that the content, contacts or settings in the phone may become inaccessible. It is therefore vital that when boot loader unlocking is done, before that data back up should be considered seriously. Again, you can go ahead with the procedure only when you have better technological and technical knowledge and you are ready to face the risk that is involved. It is also important to note that with unlocking the boot loader there won’t be any root access. Only when Custom ROM is flashed, you can expect the root access.
How to Unlock Boot Loader
- The first and the foremost thing that you need to do is, check out whether your phone can undergo unlocking the boot loader or not. For that you should check the service menu. Open the dialer and *#*#7378423#*#* to access the service menu.
- In your phone, go to Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status. If Bootloader unlock allowed says Yes, then you can continue with the next step
- If the Bootloader status is yes then turn on the computer and click on the link http://unlockbootloader.sonyericsson.com/instructions. In this link you will find Continue button on the bottom of the page. Click on Continue.
- You will get a pop up window and it will ask whether you really want to unlock the boot loader. If you are sure then click Yes, I’m sure.
- Read all the details and accept the legal terms. Click I Accept.
- Fill in the details such as your name, e-mail address, the first 14 digits of your phone’s IMEI number and the two CAPTCHA words in the input boxes. Click Submit. You will now be able to view the IMEI number by entering *#06# on your phone.
- The unlock boot loader key is displayed. Save it for later use.
- Download and install the latest Android SDK and also download and unzip this file.
- Make sure you are running Google USB Driver package revision 4 or higher in your Android SDK.
- Since the file is unzipped you can place it in the usb_driver folder.
- Now switch off the phone.
- Now push and hold the unlock button *simultaneously when you connect the phone to the computer with the USB-cable.
- Now you should select the Android Boot loader Interface-file.
- Now you need to open a command window and go to the tools folder that is there in Android SDK folder.
- Enter fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce getvar version, and this will give you some response back and this means your phone is connected properly.
- Enter fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xKEY, where KEY is the unlock boot loader key you got in the beginning of this instruction. The boot loader should now be successfully unlocked. This is the last and the most vital step. It will unlock the boot loader.
- With an unlocked bootloader you will be able to have Custom ROMs on your phone.
Step 3: Download the Ice Cream Sandwich ROM
Download Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for you model ( Xperia Arc S, Neo V or Ray) using the link given below
Step 4: Install Android SDK
Install Android SDK and set up adb/fastboot. Make sure you have enough idea about adb as well as fastboot. If are not aware about adb or fastboot, then you must not go ahead with this because it has a risk of bricking the phone.
Take the contents of the .zip file you had downloaded at step 3 to your fastboot directory.
Through a command prompt, browse to your fastboot directory
There will be three files inside the extracted .zip folder. You must flash them using fastboot.
Note: this path may be different from mentioned below according to your folder stucture where you saved.
fastboot flash boot ..FastbootXperia_arcS_ICS_alphaboot.img
fastboot flash userdata ..FastbootXperia_arcS_ICS_alphauserdata.img
fastboot flash system ..FastbootXperia_arcS_ICS_alphasystem.img
Reboot your phone.
And bravo ! You are on Ice Cream Sandwich officially !
If all the steps are followed properly then you will see that there is alpha build of Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich, of course the official version installation on your relevant and respective Smartphone. Hope you liked our tutorial on installing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, Ray and Neo V. Do let us know your comments and experience installing it.