The LG Nexus 4 is among a handful of Android devices to receive a spate of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean custom ROMs in recent times, besides being one of the first few to have already received the official Android 4.2.2 firmware from Google. With due credit to Android Open Kang Project (AOKP) team, Google's flagship phone now gets the latest Jelly Bean firmware with highly-customisable features from a popular custom ROM that is built out of original Android Open Source Project (AOSP) release.
Although the new AOKP release does not include any major feature upgrades, it packs all the top features taken from its previous releases into a stable ROM for a seamless user experience.
Key Points to Note
- AOKP Build 4 ROM and the instructions given in this guide are applicable to theLG Nexus 4 model only and will not work on any other device. Verify your device's model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone.
- Verify that the correct USB drivers are installed for your phone on the computer (download LG Nexus 4 USB drivers)
- Back up important data and settings on the phone. It is recommended to use one of the custom recovery tools such as CWM or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone set up.
- Ensure that the device has at least 85 percent battery charge.
- Make sure that USB Debugging mode is enabled on the phone by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (if the device is running Android 4.0 or later) or going to Settings > Applications > Development (if the phone is running Android 2.3 or earlier). Otherwise, if the device is running Android 4.2, then do the following steps:
- Go to Settings > About Phone
- Scroll down to the bottom and select Build Number.
- Now, tap the Build Number for seven times until the Developer Options is unlocked or revealed under Settings. Then select the checkbox to enable USB Debugging mode under Settings > Developer Options.
- Verify that the device is factory unlocked and rooted with ClockworkMod (CWM) recovery installed on it.
- Perform a Dalvik Cache Wipe before continuing from the recovery mode.
- Samsung KIES will not recognise your device after installing the AOKP Build 4 ROM, as it is a custom firmware release.
- The instructions provided in this guide are meant for reference purpose only. IBTimes UK will not be held responsible if the device is damaged or bricked during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
How to Install Android 4.2.2 AOKP Build 4 Jelly Bean ROM on Nexus 4
Step 2 - Connect and mount the Nexus 4 USB mass storage on your computer with the USB cable.
Step 3 - Copy the AOKP ROM and Google Apps zip files to the root folder on your phone's SD card.
Step 4 - Power off your phone and boot it into Bootloader Mode. To do so, press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together until the device enters Bootloader Mode.
Step 6 - Follow the onscreen navigational instructions. Then select Bootloader option and boot into CWM recovery.
Step 7 - In CWM recovery, perform full data wipe first. Then navigate to Flash zip from SD card option and hit Power button to choose it.
Step 8 - Tap the Power button again and click Choose zip from SD card.
Step 9 - Use volume keys to navigate to the AOKP ROM zip and choose it by tapping the Power button. Confirm the ROM installation on next screen and the installation process will begin.
NOTE: Repeat this step for installing Google Apps as well.
Step 10 - Once both the ROM and Google Apps are installed, hit Go Back and tap Reboot System Now in the Recovery Menu. The phone will reboot and the first boot might take about 5 minutes to complete. So, leave it alone.
LG Nexus 4 is now running the latest Android 4.2.2 AOKP Build 4 Jelly Bean ROM. Go to Settings > About Phone to verify the firmware version installed.
[Source: Team Android]