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AOKP for Droid 4 Gets You Ice Cream Sandwich Love

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The Motorola Droid 4 has received another Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 based custom ROM, AOKP ROM, by XDA developer Hashcode, who also brought a port of the well-known CM9 ROM to the Droid 4. AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) is an AOSP based ROM similar to CyanogenMod but with even better customization options, along with fast performance and speed.

The ROM is in the beta stage and under development, so expect a few bugs and issues along with some stuff that might not work properly (the list of which can be seen in ROM Info below).

Read on to find out how you can flash AOKP ROM on your Droid 4.

Compatibility

This ROM and the guide below is compatible only and only with the Motorola Droid 4, model number XT894. It’s not compatible with any other device and may render an incompatible device unusable. Check your device model in Settings » About phone.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. If any damage occurs to you or your device, including a bricked, non-functional device, we won’t be held liable.

ROM Info

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Developer → Hashcode

Known Issues/Not Working:

  • Better Camera function (Front facing camera, Face detect, etc in progress)
  • HW Video Codecs (in progress)
  • Bluetooth on but not connected = loss of all audio (in progress)

Pre-Installation Requirements

  1. Important!! A Droid 4 with Safestrap recovery installed. Get Safestrap recovery from this guide → here.
  2. This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
  3. Sufficiently charged battery, at least 50% is recommended.

How to Install AOKP ROM on Droid 4

  1. Download the latest version of the ROM from the official development page.
  2. Download the latest version of the Google Apps package (this is required since the ROM itself doesn’t contain Google apps like Market, Talk, etc).
    Download Link  |  Download the CyanogenMod 9.0.x version from the download link.
  3. Transfer the two files downloaded in step 1 and 2 to the root of your external sdcard on the phone.
  4. Turn off phone and boot into recovery. To do this, turn on phone, then press the Menu button on the splash screen that shows up to enter recovery. In recovery, use Volume keys to scroll up and down and power key to select an option.
  5. [Optional] Perform a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM, so that you can always restore it from recovery if something does not work out with this ROM. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore » On the next screen, select Backup again.
  6. Once in recovery, perform a wipe:
    1. Select “wipe data/factory reset”, then select “Yes” on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete.
    2. Select “wipe cache then select “Yes” on next screen to confirm.
    3. Go back to the main menu, select “advanced”, and then Wipe Dalvik Cache » Yes – Wipe Dalvik. Then go back to the main recovery menu.
  7. Now select “install zip from sdcard”, then select “choose zip from sdcard”. Scroll to the ROM file on the sdcard and select it.
  8. Confirm installation by selecting “Yes — Install *your_rom_name*.zip” on the next screen. The ROM will now start installing.
  9. After the ROM finishes installing, select “go back” to go back to the main recovery menu.
  10. Now repeat step 7, but this time select the Google apps package file you downloaded in step 2 to install the Google apps package.
  11. After the installation is complete, select “go back” then select “reboot system now” to reboot the phone.
  12. IMPORTANT! If you are coming from a Gingerbread based ROM, after you set up your Google account, make sure you DO NOT let it restore your apps and settings. Uncheck the Restore option when you are asked whether you want Google to restore your apps and settings.

AOKP ROM, based on Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 is now installed on your Motorola Droid 4. Visit the original development page for more info and to get the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments.

You can also try CM9 ROM by the same developer on your Droid 4, by following the guide → here.

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