Android Jelly Bean started a whole new era of powerful and fluid mobile operating system. Every Android phone owner wants Jelly Bean on their device. Right now, officially there are very less devices that are running on Jelly Bean. However, people who have break the barrier by rooting their device can install Android 4.1 custom ROM available for their device. Xperia Arc and Arc S are well known Sony Android Phones launched with Gingerbread and then updated to ICS. Now, XDA dev forum member jader13254 has introduced Xperia ROMS for Sony Arc devices. There are 2 flavours of ROM available, you can choose between IceCream Sandwich and Jelly Bean base. The ROM is fast and secure, you will get all latest Android Jelly Bean features, almost all bugs have been fixed.
Warning: Neither we nor the developer will hold any responsibility if you damage or brick your phone in the process of following this article. Therefore, please proceed at your own risk.
What to do before installing ROM or Rooting your device?
Step 1: You must have a Sony Ericsson Arc LT15i or Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S LT18i with its Bootloader and ClockworkMod Recovery installed on it.
Step 2: We always suggest a full backup of your Android device before you go for rooting or installing custom ROM. Backup all your SMS, Backup/Export Contacts, Backup APN settings. You can also follow our Tutorial on creating backup of Android device without root access.
Step 3: You should also Backup all apps, if you have not rooted your device yet then follow this procedure to backup apps. If you have a rooted device then use Titanium to Backup and restore apps and cache data.
Step 4: Enable USB debugging on your device, Go to settings>>Developer options and check the USB debug box. If you are not able to get it check our detailed guide on enabling USB debugging on Jelly Bean, Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread.
Step 5: Always check your battery before performing rooting procedure or installingROM.If you have low battery status then you may face interruption while the procedure and it may brick your device. Check our tutorial on how to get battery percentage on Status bar.
Step 6: If you are going to install Custom ROM then it’s better to create a full Nandroid Backup of your device. You can also use Custom recovery to create Nandroid backup.
Step 7: We would also suggest disabling security apps and programs like Antivirus and Firewall on your Android device as it may interrupt the procedure.
I am sure that if you take care of above mentioned steps carefully then there is lot less chance of issues. If you face any issues with ROM then you can revert back to previous Nandroid Backup. Also you have all SMS, settings and apps data with you that can be restored anytime.
Download Fastboot, Kernel Image, Wi-Fi Modules File and Xperia ICS & JB Remix 3.0 ROM from here to your computer. Place the Xperia ICS & JB Remix 3.0 ROM and the Wi-Fi modules file to the root directory of phone’s SD card. Extract the Fastboot.zip file onto your Windows PC and copy the Arcnight_RC3.5.1_ST.img file to C:\Fastboot folder.
Procedure to install the Xperia ICS & JB Remix ROM for the Xperia Arc and Arc S:
Step 1: Reboot your phone into Fastboot Mode. To do so, first connect one end of the USB cable to the PC then press and hold the Menu key on your phone. While pressing the Menu key, connect the other end of the USB cable to your phone.
Step 2: Now, open Command Prompt Window and type the command that follows:
fastboot flash boot ArcKnight_RC3.5.1_ST.img
Step 3: As soon as the image is flashed, you’ll get a “finished/OKAY” message in the command prompt.
Step 4: Now, disconnect your phone from the PC.
Step 5: Next, reboot your phone so as to enter it in ClcokworkMod Recovery. To do so, press the Back button repeatedly as soon as the blue LED lights up to boot into ClockworkMod Recovery.
Step 6: Now, select “wipe data/factory reset” and confirm your action in the next screen that follows.
Step 7: Next, select “install zip from sdcard” then select “choose zip from sdcard” and then choose the Xperia Remix ROM file you’ve placed in the SD card.
Step 8: Now, you will see AROMA installer onto screen. Follow all the on-screen instructions and set your desired settings, don not select “Reboot”.
Step 9: As soon as the installation has completed, go back to the main menu and flash the Wi-Fi modules file in the same manner as you’ve flashed the Xperia Remix ROM.
Step 10: When the installation process has completed, select “++++Go Back++++” and then select “reboot system now” to reboot your phone.
That’s it! You’ve successfully installed the Xperia ICS & JB Remix ROM onto your Xperia Arc or Arc S. Do let us know if you face any issues, we are here to help you always.