Sony Ericsson (SE) has made Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, available for a selection of its flagship Xperia phones, giving users a taste, if not the full flavour, of what the platform update offers.
An alpha build of the OS iteration, which is intended to tackle fragmentation of Android, is available to download now for owners of unlocked SE Xperia Arc, Ray and Neo V users from the Sony Ericsson developers' site.
And while some crucial functions are missing from this demo release (CF: Gmail and Maps) and, erm, phone calls are disabled, there’s still reportedly enough there to get the measure of ICS.
However, it does come with a major caveat. And we do mean major. If you grab ICS for your phone this way, you won’t be able to download the proper, all-singing build when it does arrive.
A concrete due date for that is still pretty opaque. But if SE Italy exec Maurizio de Palma is to believed it’ll start appearing on the company’s 2011 Xperia range – that includes the Play and Arc as well as those detailed above - from March next year.