Upgrade Motorola Droid Bionic to AOKP Ice Cream Sandwich

March 15, 2012
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The AOKP project has been adding some new supported devices lately, as more and more people port new AOKP-based ROMs based on the latest Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update.  One of the latest additions to the AOKP’s family of supported devices is the Motorola Droid Bionic, which has received an AOKP ROM port, thanks to the guys at XDA Developers.

For those of you who are new with AOKP, it is actually a fully open source AOSP-based ROM that features improved performance and full control of customization thanks to the built in ROM control mod that gives users the freedom to do whatever they want with their devices.

AOKP is still under heavy development with known bugs and some features still currently non-functional. This ROM for the Droid Bionic is still in its beta stages so it is not advisable for daily use, as it may crash your phone anytime of the day.  Proceed with extra caution if you decide to install this ROM.

If you still want to try the AOKP ROM for the Droid Bionic, continue reading to learn how you can install it on your Motorola Droid Bionic.

Requirements

  • Install the SafeStrap app on your Droid Bionic so you can install ClockworkMod Recovery. For help, see our guide for installing Safestrap on the Droid Bionic.
  • Rooted Motorola Droid Bionic with ClockworkMod Recovery installed
  • Backup of your personal phone data.
  • Fully charged battery or at least 70% battery left.

Instructions

  1. Download the latest version of the AOKP ROM for the Droid Bionic from here (cm_targa-ota-eng.Travo.Cadavo.zip, 124.01 MB) and save it to your PC.
  2. Download the latest GApps (Google Apps) package from here (ICS_MOTO_4.0.4_GAPPS_02_17_2012.zip, 59.3 MB) and save it to your PC.
  3. Connect your Droid Bionic to your PC via USB cable.
  4. Copy the two downloaded ZIP files into the root of your phone’s external SD card.
  5. Switch off your phone.
  6. Reboot the phone into recovery mode. If you have SafeStrap recovery installed, press the Menu button as soon as the splash screen shows up.  When in recovery mode, use the Volume buttons to navigate and the Power button to select an item.
  7. Make a Nandroid Backup of your existing ROM. If anything should happen to your device you can easily restore back to its previous state. To perform a Nandroid backup, select “Backup and Restore” and then select “Backup” on the next screen that follows.
  8. Wipe your phone data as follows:
    1. Select “Wipe Data/Factory Reset” then confirm the wipe on the screen that follows.
    2. Select “Wipe Cache Partition” then confirm the wipe cache partition on the screen that follows.
    3. From the main menu, select “Advanced”, then select “Wipe Dalvik Cache” then confirm wiping the cache on the screen that follows.
  9. Return to the main recovery menu.
  10. Select “install zip from sdcard”, then select “choose zip from sdcard”. Browse for the AOKP ROM file that you copied to the phone earlier.  Confirm that you want to flash the file.  Wait about 5 to 10 minutes for the ROM to finish installing.  Repeat this same step for the GApps package.
  11. Select “go back” to head back to the main recovery menu.
  12. Select “reboot system now” to restart your phone.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the AOKP-based Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM on your Motorola Droid Bionic.

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