The wait is finally over for owners of the HTC One X as Cyanogenmod 9 aka CM9 has been unleashed for it by the TripNDroid Mobile Engineering team of developers at the Modaco Android forums. CM9, with its improved performance and stock AOSP look is the custom ROM that everyone awaits for a new device, specially a flagship device such as the HTC One X. So, no more Sense UI to irritate you, just a pure stock Android experience with no bloatware.
However, the ROM is in its early stages of development, so there a few issues in it, which are listed in the Known Issues section under ROM Info below. Unexpected bugs may show up at any time, but that’s to be expected as long as the ROM stays under development.
Let’s take a look at how you can install CM9 on your HTC One X.
This guide is applicable only for HTC One X. DO NOT try this on any other device.
The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.
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- Mobile data will take a lot of time to correctly connect, there’s not much you can do about it just wait untill it correctly connects. When it is connected is stable, it will not disconnect this happens only after a reboot or after initial setup.
How to Install CM9 on HTC One X
- Unlock the bootloader on your HTC One X by following the guide → here.
- Install ClockWorkMod (CWM) recovery by following the guide → here.
- Install the HTC Sync software to install the proper drivers for the phone. Download it here and install it on your computer.
Skip this step if you have HTC Sync/drivers installed on your computer already.
- Download the latest version of the ROM from the official development page.
- Download the Google Apps package. This will install apps like Market, Gmail, etc. which are not present in the ROM by default.
Download Link | Filename: gapps-ics-20120422-signed.zip
- Copy the two zip files downloaded in step 4 and 5 to the SD card on the phone.
- Now, download the kernel that will be used to flash the ROM:
Download Link | Filename: boot.img
- Download fastboot.
Download Link | Filename: Fastboot.zip
- Extract the Fastboot.zip file to the C:\ drive on your computer to get a folder named Fastboot with four files inside it.
- Copy the boot.img file downloaded in step 7 to the Fastboot folder on C drive. You should have 5 files in the Fastboot folder now.
- Switch off the phone. Enter fastboot mode. For that, boot into the bootloader mode first by holding the Volume Down button and then pressing power key. Then, select fastboot mode from there using the volume buttons to navigate and power button to select. Then connect your phone to the computer once you are in fastboot mode.
- Open Command Prompt on your computer from Start » All Programs » Accessories.
- Now, type the following commands in command prompt to flash the kernel, pressing Enter after each command (Check the screenshot after step 12.3 for reference).
- After the kernel is flashed, you’ll get a finished/OKAY message in command prompt.
- Disconnect your phone from the PC.
- Now, on your phone select ‘HBOOT’ using the Power button. And then select ‘RECOVERY’ to boot into recovery mode.
Use volume buttons to scroll up and down and the power button to select options in bootloader menu and recovery.
- From the main recovery menu, select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the SD card and select it.
- Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM will start installing.
- After installation is complete, go back to the main recovery menu.
- Now, repeat step 16, but this time, select the gapps-ics-20120422-signed.zip file. Select Yes on next screen to confirm installation of the Google apps package.
- After the installation is complete, select go back then select reboot system now to reboot the phone and boot up into CM9.
After the phone boots up, it’ll be running CM9 based on Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.4. Visit the official development page for more information and the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments below.