4.0.2.D.0.4 firmware certified for Xperia arc and Xperia neo; 3.0.1.B.0.285 certified for Xperia PLAY [Update]

by XB on 4th December 2011

in Firmware, Xperia arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia PLAY

PTCRBSome new firmware (4.0.2.D.0.4) was recently certified for the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and Xperia neo (including the arc S and neo V). We’ve got no idea what changes this will bring, but Siddharth Sai G (the Sony employee who believes Android ICS is coming in January) said that the ‘D’ in the firmware signifies this is a developer release and that 4.0.2.D.0.4 is in fact Android 4.0.1.

We’re not so sure that this is the case as normally every new major Android build normally sees SE adopt the next major jump in its firmware numbering. If you remember, the latest firmware currently rolling out in some regions is 4.0.2.A.0.58 (Android 2.3.4). The Xperia PLAY also saw a new firmware version (3.0.1.B.0.285) certified by the PTCRB. Siddharth Sai G says that this release is Android 2.3.6, although the ‘3’ which headlines the firmware version makes us believe it may be a previous Android version. We’re sure all will become clear soon.

Update: We have received word from a trusted source on what is written above. We have been told that 4.0.2.D.0.4 firmware is definitely NOT Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The ‘D’ in the firmware stands for branded firmware for NTT DoCoMo in Japan. The 3.0.1.B.0.285 firmware for the Xperia PLAY is related to AT&T and is NOT Android 2.3.6.

  • Jenge

    Wel SE did anounce that ICS is coming out on all 2011 Xperia devices soon

  • Datu Usman

    I’d keep looking back at the PTCRB website for the next few days as to see if any other firmwares are certified since if you take a look, a couple are certified within days of each other. Although the D in the FW number is new, nonetheless excited to see what this brings. You mentioned for developers, but don’t we all update using PCC or SEUS! We all have access to it so lets wait and see! At least its a move forward :)

  • Anonymous

    I really hope that the new firmware brings Playstation Pocket to the Xperia Arc (outside Japan) and the Neo. This way Sony can sell more games and we can play more games…. in fact, I don’t understand why it is talking so long….

  • Wael Faddah

    lol…. too early for ics

  • i’m GAMER

    well well

    very good , waiting for ICS on xperia play , specially with new version of play station Pocket that can able us to play PS2 game .also waiting for sony’s exclosive games on xperia play , unfortunately , sony doesn’t released any explosive games for xperia play !! one years passed without any exclusive game ! 

    just can play global android games !  me and all of my friends are really waiting for  sony’s exclusive games …

    i’m in love with my beautiful xperia play

  • Anonymous

    I get the feeling that its some sort of Beta version..like them peeps at Apple did with the iOS5… Just hoping! :) 

  • SE never gave any meanings to their firmwares before, that was just someone chancing their arm.
    The ICS will be something like 5.XXXX

  • Wael Faddah

    glad the bubble got burst EARLY lol 

  • Hannad Ahmed

    where can i download this?

  • Kisty789

    Still find it funny people are listening to that arab guy he knows nothing it will not come out in January its to soon and i cant believe he thought it was android 4.0.1 serious he knows nothing lol. 

  • Tiborh


    it is out for lt15a .

    NOT a developing state 4.0 android…..

  • Datu Usman

    I saw your link but on the PTCRB website, both new firmwares were not certified so its a little confusing…

  • Datu Usman

    What I meant was not certified for the lt15a. only certified for lt15i

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  • Jan ComplexGSM

    Hello this is NO developer version and NO Japan version – as you can see there:




    its out (few days already) for Arc, Arc S and Neo V and its for Cellcom Israel operator variant only (and the

    “older” 4.0.2.C.0.5 is for 3 United kingdom)

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  • My

    May be.
    I just installed it on my Arc and it seems to have some features that I saw were coming in ICS – like folders no longer look like folders, but rather show miniatures of the icons inside them…
    I am seeing some performance improvement as well.
    Can’t tell if the “Navigator” and McAfee that were installed came with the update or with the PC Companion (require for update)

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