The SlimROMs team has announced the availability of the official Build 5 custom ROMs. The current build is the successor to Build 4.2 released last month. The SlimBean Build 5 is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Like always, the Build 5 brings several customised features and tweaks for Android devices. The team has optimised and enhanced Slim Pie further and added a feature from CM (Voice shutter).

Nexus 4
SlimBean Build 5 ROM featuring Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is available for Nexus 4.

SlimBean Build 5 changes and features:

Slim Pie

Added second layer [7 buttons max + long press]

Faster/better triggering

Custom trigger height and gravity

Option to mirror right PIE on horizontal axis

Smart capture

Hands-free camera

Update Slim IRC to 2.1.6

Added Vibration adjustments to performance

Added and improved more translations

Changed default launcher after extended tests from Holo to Nova Launcher because it uses less RAM

Added actions (mark read/reply/delete) to new (stock) Email notifications

LED picker overwork

Added back 0dp navbar values

Rearrangement recents app switcher

Phone: Add blacklist unknown numbers functionality

Contacts: Allow blacklisting numbers from the call stats detail menu

SMS/MMS: Overwork

Optimisation to syscore

Optimise again system stability

Device specific:

Mako kernel

Updated to linux kernel version 3.4.42

Upstream Row

Added fiops

D2 Kernel

Added wheatley, dancedance, asswax and lulzactive governors

Lowered min freq to 192mhz

Added morfic colours

Added faux sound control

Added USB fastcharge

Bcmdhb (Wi-Fi) driver from I9505

N7100: Updated linux kernel version 3.0.76

N7100: Random tweaks

N7100: Updated Schedulers

I9100G: Updated linux kernel version 3.0.75

I9100G: Added and updated Block Schedulers

I9100G: Added and updated CPU Governors

Nozomi: Custom battery LED

I9100: Activated SlimPIE


Fixed many translations FC bugs

Fixed pinch to zoom on some devices

Fix date format DashClock and DeskClock

Recent animation bug

Device hostname setting in Developer options persists

Device specific fixes:

D2: Fixed flickering

Nozomi: Fix unknown chargers does not charge

Known issues:

Android Bean does not show confirm window

SMS strip Unicode works only on quick pop up

Device specific

Nozomo: HDMI does not work

I9100/I777: Camera widget on lockscreen crashes sometimes

Head over to the development page to learn more about the SlimBean new build release.

SlimBean Build 5 is also available for Google's fourth Nexus-branded smartphone. Nexus 4 users who wish to update their devices to Android 4.2.2 using SlimBean Build 5 may follow our step-by-step guide.

As Build 5 is going through development phase, users are likely to come across minor bug issues.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any mishap. Users are also advised to ensure that their devices meet the following requirements.


1) Install USB Drivers for Nexus 4 to transfer files between the Android device and the computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect it with the computer and use Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and ensure the USB Debugging Mode is turned on.]

3) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the phone, create a backup. If the device is having custom recovery such as ClockworkMod/TWRP already installed, then back up data using the recovery.

4) The Nexus 4 should have above 80 per cent of battery charge.

5) The phone should be rooted and have ClockworkMod recovery installed. Follow the step-by-step guide here to root Nexus 4 and install CWM recovery.

6) The SlimBean Build 5 ROM works only on Nexus 4. Flashing this on incorrect variant is likely to brick the device.

7) After flashing the ROM if the device gets stuck on Booting animation or experience boot loop then perform wipe cache partition and wipe dalvik cache five more times before rebooting the device.

8) Users are advised to give five to 10 minutes to the ROM after the device boots up the first time to settle everything for a better user experience.

Steps to install SlimBean Build 5 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ROM on Nexus 4

Step-1: Download SlimBean Build 5 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean ROM for Nexus 4 to the computer [Alternative link]

Step-2: Download Google Apps package [SlimBean Gapps]

Step-3: Connect the Nexus 4 to the computer using USB cable. Then transfer both the downloaded zip files to the SD card of the device. Do not extract any file

Step-4: Disconnect the phone from the computer and then turn it off

Step-5: Boot the Nexus 4 into recovery mode. Press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together until the screen flashes, then release all three buttons

Note: In recovery mode, use Volume buttons to scroll between options and Power button to select the desired option.

Step-6: Perform a Nandroid backup of the existing ROM which can be restored later if the new ROM does not work or users wish to go back to the previous ROM. To perform Nandroid backup, select Backup and Restore then on the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after the backup is completed

Step-7: Perform data wiping task to avoid clash between the new ROM and the previous ROM. Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on the next screen to confirm the action. Wait for some time until the data wiping task is over and then return to the main recovery menu. Select wipe cache partition and after the process is completed select Wipe Dalvik Cache under advance option. When the action is completed, return to the recovery menu

Step-8: Select install zip from sdcard then select choose zip from sdcard. Now browse to the SlimBean Build 5 ROM zip which was earlier copied to the SD card. Select it pressing the Power button and confirm installation on the next screen. The ROM installation should begin now

Step-9: Once the ROM is installed, follow the same procedure (step-8) but choose SlimBean Gapps to install Googlen Apps package

Step-10: When the installation process is done, go back to the main recovery menu and reboot the phone by selecting reboot system now. The phone will reboot now and boot up into the customised SlimBean ROM. The device will take about five minutes to boot up for the first time

Note: To go back to the previous ROM, boot the phone into recovery mode. Select Backup and Restore then restore the ROM by selecting it from the list.

SlimBean Build 5 ROM featuring Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is now installed and running on the Nexus 4. Head over to Setting>> About Phone to verify the software version of the device.

Click here for step-by-step guide to root Nexus 4 on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

[Source: Droid Firmwares]