How to Update Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY with ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware

Xperia PLAY LogoIt was the last time when we saw on how to unlock the boot loader and unlock the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and now the time has come to update Xperia Play with the latest Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich firmware version. This version of Ice Cream Sandwich is not a fully stable version and is the beta version of the firmware which is made by the third party developers, as of now there are no reports of by when the Official release of ICS gonna be released by Sony. Recently we saw on how you can install the latest version of Cyanogen MOD 7.2 in your device.

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held responsible in any manner just in case if you spoil the phone after following the below mentioned instructions which is very unlikely if you follow the instructions which are mentioned below carefully. Also, in the due course of this article since you will be unlocking the boot loader and also you will be rooting, the warranty will be void which is not a reversible process.

So, before you proceed to apply this Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 beta firmware in your phone you need to back up all the data as mentioned below so that just in case if the data gets erased or corrupted, the same can be easily restored using the below mentioned tips.

Text messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Phone Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Pictures, Music, Videos, Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names
Notes – Manually you need to note down or need to transfer to Evernote.

Also, for your benefit we will also check out on what are the features this one comes along and also we will check the list of things which don’t work in this build.

Features of ICS Build for Xperia PLAY:

  • Pre Rooted & Comes installed with Super user & Busy box,
  • ICS Boot animation,
  • De Odexed ROM,
  • Compatible with Basebands .64 & .62,
  • Trebuchet Launcher from CM 9 added as seen in 4.0.3 Firmware,

Known Issues with this Build of ICS Android 4.0:

  • Stock Launcher doesn’t allow addition of Widgets and may get a tweak in the coming updates for Trebuchet launcher.

So, let’s head to the next page where we have summed up the list of things which you need to follow so as to update your device with the latest version of Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 version.

Screen Captures of ICS Android 4.0.3 on Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY:


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