How to Install Android Ice Cream Sandwich on Xperia X8 / W8 (Use Stock Kernel)

I am watching ICS video enough and I am going to install Android ICS on my X8, and I succeed, so I write down the process for you guys who wants to try something fresh. As the fix for running ICS on X8 with stock kernel is out, things is more simple than previous, I did not unlock the bootloader, so I am using the stock kernel, and everything works fine during installation, I am meaning the installation, not the system function. 🙂

You need this Source:
1. Ice Cream Sandwich V007 II download.
2. Fix for stock kernel.
3. Working xRecovery files form this thread:, we need the file “xRecovery.tar” to back to Gingerbread.
3. A X8 / W8 running custom roms (stock kernel).
4. Experience, Courage, Patience :).

Seriously, I don’t suggest common users try this rom at present, it is so unstable that you may can’t return to current system. So just do what you known for sure, I am not responsible for any hardware brick or damage.

1. Download the Fix for stock kernel, extract the files, put them into the folder: “/system/bin” of the “”.
2. Extract the “xRecovery.tar” file form the “”, put it into the folder: “/system/bin” of the “”.
3. Copy the modified “” to SD card.
4. Reboot into xRecovery, backup the system. (CWM will not work after update)
5. Reboot into CWM Recovery, full wipe, install zip from SD card, select “”, wait for process complete.
6. Reboot system, enjoy ICS.

I suggest turn off the GSM by enable air plane mode, it can prevent the system restart automatically.

A little laggy but it is so amazing, just like getting a new cell phone, I appreciate the design of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, creatively and awesome.

Photos(native screen shot function is now working(SD card issue), so I have to take pictures):


How to go back to Gingerbread:
Reboot the phone and press the back key to enter xRecovery mode (CWM is not working), restore the system backup. 🙂

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  • endho

    why i can’t download file V007 II ??

  • ivan

    Why is the menu in Chinese??????????

  • Udit

    is the camera working?

  • Kennedy Francis

    I managed to installed the iCS shakira on mine too

  • ran

    i successfully installed ics on x8,it’s generally working but many things doesn’t work and i want back my ginger but now i can’t get back in my xrecovery nor connect my phone with pc…any solution…

    • Owmygutch

      Try repeating these steps. Lemme just copy the “steps” somewhere else.

      Mount W8 (to access SD Card)
      – copy [Root.Explorer.v2.16.apk] to root of SD Card
      – using PC create folder [xRecovery] and unzip xRecovery0.1.rar
      – put the 3 files into the xRecovery folder you’ve created
      – copy the xRecovery folder to root of SD Card
      ———————– (just skip if you still have this files in your sd)
      – Launch [Root Explorer]
      – scroll down to /sdcard [click to access]
      – scroll down to xRecovery folder [click to access]
      – Select each of the 3 files (one by one) [click & hold] [copy]
      – [click] parent folder (twice)
      – scroll down to [click to access] [system]
      – [click to access] [bin] and [click] [Mount R/W] (R/W as in Read/Write)
      – press [paste] button

      Then you can now re-enter on the xRecovery menu, by first shutting down the phone, of course ;DD
      I wish I helped.

  • Sathvik

    Hello friends .. Is this Really works .. coz i jus now updated Gingerbread in My W8 with lots of confusion … So need to clarify

    • ICS rom for X8 and W8 is under developing, you can catch some review on youtube. As ICS for X8 / W8 is still a bit far from daily use, I don’t suggest anyone who does not have any experience of modding rom to taste ICS on X8 / W8

  • ray


    • Hovienko

      Try full wipe and cache in recovery mode

    • sorry for replying you late, if the ‘full wipe’ method doesn’t work, try this method to repair your phone:

  • Cícero Júnior (from Brazil)

    Acaba de sair V008 ICS 😀

    • Olá, Brazilian friend 🙂 yes the v008 is released.