Motorola's Droid Razr is the latest gadget to run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), courtesy an unofficial CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) update with support for Project Butter technology. The Droid Razr isn't the luckiest of the smartphones though - it comes with a locked bootloader, which makes installation of custom ROMs a bit tedious. Nevertheless, Android developers are busy hacking the device's BootROM and we could see a custom ROM soon.
For now though, thanks to XDA forum member shiwuye12, the unofficial CM10 is now available for the Droid Razr with a smoother and faster interface, compared to older versions, in addition to features like advanced voice recognition, offline voice typing, a faster stock browser and a smarter keyboard with performance optimisation. CM10's proven track record, besides a full-fledged set of custom features, makes it one of the best unofficial Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROM releases yet. It must be noted the ROM is still in developmental stages and may not be fully functional or devoid of bugs.
Check out the changelog from the CM10 ROM update:
Phone, Data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Themes, Hardware Acceleration, Audio
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IBTimes UK advises readers the below procedure is compatible only with the Motorola Droid Razr and will not work on any other device. Please check model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone. We also recommend readers back-up all data and APN settings, since installation will erase all of it.
How to Install CM10 Jelly Bean Update on Motorola Droid Razr
- Ensure ClockWorkMod (CWM) recovery is installed on device
- Download latest version of CM10 ROM from here
- Download Google Apps package from here
- Copy downloaded files to root folder of internal SD card
- Turn device off and boot into CWM recovery (simultaneously press Volume Down and Power buttons till screen flashes two icons (first represents recovery and the second download mode. Select recovery icon by pressing Volume Down button). Note that volume keys may be used to navigate between options and the Power button to select options when device is in recovery mode
- Tap Wipe Data/Factory Reset and tap Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait until data wipe process completes
- Choose install.zip from SD card. Locate ROM file on card and select. Confirm installation by tapping Yes - Install _____.zip, on the next screen
- Upon installation select install.zip from SD card again and this time choose kernel files to install
- After kernel is installed, select from SD card again and select gapps-jb-20120717-signed.zip to install Google Apps package
- Upon installation, reboot device and boot into CM10. The first boot could take up to five minutes
Once devices boots to desktop or home screen, it confirms successful installation of Jelly Bean on the device. For further information and ROM updates, head over to the XDA Developers' official page.