If you’re looking forward to the sexy Xperia Arc, then you may be interested in the smartphone’s first Android OS system dump, which has been spotted at the XDA Developers forum – think of a system dump as if your handset just vomited all its software code for you to use. If you can’t wait to get a taste of what Sony Ericsson has been working on, and you know your way around a development environment, then this should be right up your alley.
With a little digging through the system dump, you’ll be able to find the Xperia Arc’s Home launcher, and with a little more digging, you’ll find a few custom homescreen widgets. Currently, the Timescape widget needs a library in the system files to work, and the exact one has yet to be found, but we may be close to finding it soon. Right now, you can install the digital clock, media shortcuts, music player, and photos and videos widgets without a problem.
The Arc’s home launcher isn’t too shabby, but it’s just a bit slow at times. A pinch gestures on the homescreen will reveal the widgets overview screen, which displays all the widgets you have on your homescreens (much like the Mac OS X “dashboard” feature). It’s not terribly useful, but it’s a nice feature to have. More to the point, this system dump should give potential buyers out there a look at what it means to buy into the Xperia lineup and what Xperia phones offer in terms of custom software.
That said, we’re not sure if this system dump will deal a death blow to our favorite home replacements,
While we like the UI Sony Ericsson has given their device, the best part about the Arc is its hardware. The Arc’s slick design and intimidating spec sheet make this a handset a force to be reckoned with. If the Arc ever does make its way to the states, I’ll likely be jumping on it.
If you want to take a gander at the Arc’s software innards, hit up the link below!