Motorola is likely to release its official KitKat update for Droid Razr and Razr Maxx not before February or March 2014. Given the rich features of Android 4.4, you might be eager to install the latest KitKat firmware sooner rather than later through a stable update.
Motorola Droid Razr XT912 (CDMA) and Razr XT910 (GSM) users can now enjoy a stable Android 4.4 KitKat experience, thanks to the release of the latest CyanogenMod 11 (CM11) official ROM. CM11 ROM is based on the original Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which adds the latest custom KitKat features and apps to the stock firmware for a unique Android experience.
CyanogenMod 11 ROM comes with enhanced browser experience, a fully customised and personalised user interface (UI), faster system performance and extended battery life capabilities. Interested users can go ahead and install the latest CM11 official build using this guide, as it is said to be completely stable and safe for daily use.
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- The official CyanogenMod 11 ROM and the instructions given in this guide are meant for the Motorola Droid Razr (CDMA and GSM) models 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 Droid Razr USB drivers).
- Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on the phone, by navigating to Settings > Developer Options.
- Make sure the phone 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 (v184.108.40.206 or later) orTWRP (v220.127.116.11 or later).
- Those who are installing the ClockworkMod recovery for the first time can refer to the following video tutorial, courtesy of The Android Soul:
- If the device is stuck at booting or is 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.
Steps to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Motorola Droid Razr (CDMA/GSM) with Official CyanogenMod 11 ROM
Step-1: Download Android 4.4 KitKat CM11 ROM for Motorola Droid Razr to computer
Step-2: Download Google Apps package
Step-3: Connect the Droid Razr to computer via USB cable. Without extracting, copy the downloaded firmware zip and Google Apps zip files to the root folder of the phone's SD card.
Step-4: Power off the phone and wait for 5 to 10 seconds until the device shuts down completely.
Step-5: Press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together, until the Droid Razr enters bootloader mode.
Step-6: In Bootloader mode, use Volume Down to navigate to Recovery option and Volume Up to select it. NOTE: In Recovery, use Volume keys to browse through options and Power key to select the desired option.
Step-7: 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.
Step-8: Return to CWM recovery main menu and select Mounts and Storage > Format System and click Yes on next screen to confirm. Then perform Wipe Cache Partition. From the main menu of CWM recovery, go to Advanced and choose Wipe Dalvik Cache. Then hit Yes on next screen to confirm.
Step-9: Select Install Zip from sdcard and then click Choose zip from sdcard. Browse to the location of the CM11 firmware file which you copied earlier to your phone's SD card. Choose Yes on next screen to confirm the firmware installation.
Step-10: Repeat the previous step to install Google Apps as well.
Step-11: Once Google Apps is also installed, select "+++++Go Back+++++" and reboot the phone by tapping reboot system now from the recovery menu. Your Droid Razr will restart and it may take about 5 minutes for first boot. So, do not interrupt the process.
Your Motorola Droid Razr is now running on Android 4.4 KitKat via official CyanogenMod 11 ROM. Go to Settings > About Phone to verify the firmware installed.