Last week we made an Ice Cream Sandwich alpha ROM available for unlocked Xperia™ phones. The response we got was overwhelming, and we want to say a big thank you for all your great feedback and the huge interest shown! We will look through all the comments we received in the survey, on the blog post and on the video, and incorporate the input into our planning of future software and product releases. We have now also made the open source archive for the Ice Cream Sandwich alpha ROM available. In addition, the sensor HAL will also be available as open source soon.
Even though we were expecting some reactions on the Ice Cream Sandwich alpha ROM release, we did not expect such an amount of great and constructive feedback. Some of the things we have received comments on are actually already planned for coming releases (keep in mind this was only an alpha). Other things will be up for consideration and prioritisation, based on parameters such as relevance, usability, workload, resources and timing.
At this point, it’s too early to go into details about what will be included or not in future software releases, but we can share some information about the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich software release:
- We’re looking into making it possible to create groups in the list of contacts.
- We’re planning to ship both the Ice Cream Sandwich vanilla gallery app and our own Sony Ericsson gallery app. They both include some great features, so it will be up to you to use the one which fits your needs best.
- It is our intention to include the popular swipe to write feature, currently available in our Gingerbread software.
Open source archive available now
As the headline says, we have made the open source archive for the Ice Cream Sandwich alpha ROM available. Moreover, we will also publish the sensor HAL as open source. This means you will be able to get access to sensors such as the proximity sensor, the compass and so on, through the lower software layers. This file will also be published in our open source archive.
Keep up all the good work devs!
- Read the Ice Cream Sandwich alpha ROM for Xperia phones announcement.
- Check the Sony Ericsson Product Blog regularly for product information and software announcements.
- Read the 2011 Xperia™ phones Ice Cream Sandwich software upgrade announcement on the Product Blog.