AOKP Android 4.4.4 Nightly ROM Arrives for Sony Xperia Z2 and OnePlus One
AOKP Android 4.4.4 Nightly ROM Arrives for Sony Xperia Z2 and OnePlus OneXDA Developers

Two new devices Sony Xperia Z2 and One Plus One can now be updated to Android 4.4.4 KitKat via latest AOKP Nightly build, with due credit to the industrious custom Android developers from XDA and Team AOKP.

The new AOKP Nightly ROM is based on the original AOSP stock Android 4.4.4 firmware, which brings AOKP based custom UI experience with stock KitKat features.

The latest build of AOKP Nightly ROM (dated 31/07/2014) introduces the following feature changes: battery-life enhancements, device specific updates, tweaked apps, bug-fixes, translation updates and return of call stats feature.

Interested users can learn more about the upcoming AOKP builds and changes including device-specific updates from the developer page (check source link).

Sony Xperia Z2 and One Plus One users who wish to enjoy the latest custom KitKat features on a stable release can follow our step-by-step guide below.

IBTimes UK reminds readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after the AOKP ROM installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.

Pre-requisites

AOKP Android 4.4.4 Nightly ROM Arrives for Sony Xperia Z2 and OnePlus One
  • The AOKP ROM and the instructions given in this guide are meant for Xperia Z2 and One Plus Onemodels only. Verify device model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone.
  • Back up data and settings using a recommended custom recovery tool, like ClockworkMod(CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup. In Recovery, choose Backup and Restore and tap Backup.
  • Verify correct USB drivers for the phone are installed on the computer (download necessary USB drivers from manufacturer's website).
  • Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on the device, by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (NOTE: Tap the phone's Build Number seven times to unlock or reveal the hidden Developer Options under Settings.) Then select the checkbox to enable USB debugging mode under Settings > Developer Options.
  • Make sure the device has at least 80% battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing the ROM.
  • Ensure the device is unlocked (not locked to a specific carrier) and rooted with latest ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery (v6.0.4.5) installed. If you are installing the CWM recovery for the first time, check out the video tutorial below, courtesy of The Android Soul:

  • If the device is stuck at booting or experiencing boot loop issues, perform Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe Dalvik Cache a few more times before rebooting.
  • Allow newly installed ROM to stabilise for five minutes before you start working on it.

Downloads Required

Android 4.4.4 KitKat AOKP Nightly ROM for Xperia Z2

Android 4.4.4 KitKat AOKP Nightly ROM for One Plus One

Android 4.4.4 KitKat compatible Google apps

Steps to Install Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update on Xperia Z2 or One Plus One with AOKP Nightly ROM

Step-1: Download Android 4.4.4 AOKP Nightly ROM for your Xperia Z2 or One Plus One (use download links above) on computer.

Step-2: Download Google Apps package.

Step-3: Connect the phone to computer via USB cable. Without extracting, copy the downloadedfirmware zip and Google Apps zip files to the root folder of phone's SD card.

The Android 4.4.4 AOKP ROM can be installed on your phone using either CWM or TWRP recovery. Follow any method based on the recovery mode installed on your device.

How to Install Android 4.4.4 AOKP Nightly ROM via ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery

  • Power off the device and wait for 5 to 10 seconds until the device shuts down completely.
  • Now boot the Xperia Z2 or One Plus One into Recovery mode. NOTE: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the desired option.
  • Perform Wipe data/Factory reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress) and choose Yes on next screen to confirm the action. Then perform Wipe Cache Partition and once again hit Yes to confirm.
  • Return to CWM recovery main menu and select Mounts and Storage> Format / data and click Yes on next screen to confirm.
  • From the main menu of CWM recovery, go to Advanced and choose Wipe Dalvik Cache. Then hit Yes on next screen to confirm.
  • Select Install Zip from sdcard and then click Choose zip from sdcard. Browse to the location of the AOKP ROM zip file which you copied earlier to your phone's SD card. Choose Yes on next screen to confirm the ROM installation.
  • Repeat the previous step to install Google Apps as well.
  • Once Google Apps is also installed, select "+++++Go Back+++++"and reboot the device by tapping reboot system now from the recovery menu. Your Xperia Z2 or One Plus One will restart and it may take about 5 minutes for first boot. So, do not interrupt the process.

Your Xperia Z2 or One Plus One is now running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat via AOKP Nightly ROM. Go to Settings > About Phone/Tablet to verify the firmware installed.

NOTE: If the device gets stuck at boot loop (while rebooting), then just do a factory reset from recovery mode to fix the issue.

How to Install Android 4.4.4 AOKP Nightly ROM via TWRP Recovery

  • Power off the device and wait for 5 to 10 seconds until the device shuts down completely.
  • Now boot the Galaxy S3 into Recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Up, Home andPower button together until the recovery screen appears. NOTE: In recovery mode, use Volume keys to navigate between options and Power key to select the desired option.
  • Perform Wipe data/Factory reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do so, tap on Wipe and scroll down to the bottom of the screen and do a Swipe on "Swipe to factory reset" option.
  • Now perform a System format by selecting Wipe > Advanced Wipe and then tap on System option. Scroll to the bottom of screen and do a swipe on "Swipe to Wipe" option.
  • Tap on install and navigate to the AOKP ROM zip file you copied earlier to your phone's SD card. Scroll to the bottom of screen and do a swipe on Swipe to confirm flash option to begin installing the firmware.
  • Repeat the previous step to flash Google apps as well.
  • Once Google Apps is also installed, select reboot and then tap on System to reboot your device. Your phone will restart and it may take about 5 minutes for first boot to complete. So, do not interrupt the process.

Your Xperia Z2 or One Plus One is now running on Android 4.4.4 KitKat via AOKP Nightly ROM. Go to Settings > About Phone to verify the firmware installed.

NOTE: If the device gets stuck at boot loop (while rebooting), then just do a factory reset from recovery mode to fix the issue.

[Source: XDA - Xperia Z2 and One Plus One]