In-development Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs have leaked for plenty of Android smartphones, giving us early looks at what some official updates may hold in store, but there’s been very little in the way of authorized distribution of such pre-release code. One notable exception is Sony, which back in December announced an early alpha build of ICS for a selection of its Xperia models. Today we get to see what the company’s been up to since then, upon the release of a new beta version.
Like the alpha release, there’s a lot of functionality missing here that’s going to detract from the phone’s usability. That means that while you might want to poke around this build to get a taste for ICS, it’s still a way’s off from being ready for daily use. This release enables the phone’s modem for GSM operation, for instance, but WiFi and Bluetooth still don’t work. You’ll also notice the ROM doesn’t include the standard assortment of Google apps.
If you’ve got an Xperia Arc S, Neo V, or Ray, and you’ve already used Sony’s tool to unlock your phone’s bootloader, you’re ready to check out this new beta release. Sony says that it’s very interested in getting feedback on this build, so don’t hesitate to let the company know what you think of your experience.