Android 4.4 KitKat has been recently announced, and Motorola has been among the first smartphone manufacturers to deliver the update (excluding Google of course). The Moto X received Android 4.4, and we can expect other handsets to get the update soon. Sadly, the Motorola Atrix HD might not make the cut, but until that is decided, you can still enjoy Android 4.4 on the handset in question, with the help of custom ROMs.
This guide will show you how you can install the PSX (Pure Speed X) custom ROM that is based on Android KitKat. Note that this is not an official release. PSX is a custom ROM that has been developed by XDA members and developers, so it doesn't have any ties with Google or Motorola. The ROM seems solid, and although all KitKat features are reportedly working as intended, you may encounter some bugs.
IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ BEFORE PROCEEDING
- This guide is meant only for the Motorola Atrix HD. Do not attempt to flash this ROM on other smartphones, else you may brick your phone
- In order to apply this guide, you need to have a rooted Motorola Atrix HD that runs on the latest version of CWM Recovery image. (TWRP is also a valid option)
- The process requires you to perform a factory reset and cache wipe. Your contacts, apps, internet settings, call logs, personal data and more will be deleted! Create backups if necessary
- You can use the "Helium" application if you wish to backup data stored in applications
- To backup messages, you can use the "SMS backup & restore" app from the Play Store
- The "APN Settings Backup & Restore" application can be used in order to backup your APN settings
- Your contacts should already be backed up onto your Gmail account, but if it isn't, then make sure you do so
- In order to avoid issues, you will need to enable "USB Debugging". To do so, go to "Menu" > "Settings" > "Developer options" and enable "USB debugging"
- Before proceeding, make sure that your smartphone has at least 60-70% battery life left. This is a very important step, as it is vital that your device will not remain out of juice during the flashing process.
- This guide includes instructions on how to create a NANDROID backup
- This guide is for advanced users. If you brick or damage your phone, or if you lose data, you can't hold anyone responsible
- Do not skip any steps
Entering Recovery Mode:
IMPORTANT: You should not follow this guide at this point. This is a small tutorial that shows you how to boot in recovery mode. Later on during the installation process of the ROM, you will need to refer to this guide. NOTE: Remember that you need to have the latest version of CWM (or TWRP) installed!
- Go to the Play Store and download the "Quick Boot" tool
- Install the application on the device and run it
- From the app's menu, select "recovery" and allow your device to boot in recovery mode
Installing PSX Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM on the Motorola Atrix HD:
- Using your computer, download the PSX zip file by visiting this link
- Since the ROM does not include Google apps, you will need to download the package separately. Visit this link in order to do so
- Download the files and place them in a folder, but don't unzip them!
- After the files are downloaded, connect your Atrix HD to your computer using the USB cable (NOTE: remember that USB Debugging should be enabled at this point)
- Copy the downloaded files, and paste them onto your phone's SD memory
- Once the files have been transferred, disconnect your smartphone from your computer. You will no longer need your computer for the installation process
- Now, enter recovery mode. Refer to the guide above in order to do so
- At this point, you should create a NANDROID backup. This will create a save point for your current ROM, and will allow you to return to your current ROM should you choose to do so. To create a backup, select "backup and restore", name the file and save it
- Once the backup is created, you will perform a full wipe. Select "Wipe data / factory reset"
- Return to the main recovery menu and select "wipe cache partition"
- Then, select "advance and select "wipe dalvick cache" as well
- Once the wipe is complete, go to the main recovery menu
- Select "install zip from SD card" > "choose zip from SD card"
- Select the PSX custom ROM file and flash it on your device
- Once the process is complete, select "install zip from SD card" again and choose the Google apps package in order to flash it
- After both files have been flashed, select "+++go back+++" and select "reboot system now". NOTE: this first reboot may take a while to complete. Be patient and don't press any buttons
- Contragulations! You should now run PSX Android 4.4 KitKat ROM. You can add your Google account, and perform restores using Helium and other apps that you may have used
NOTE: If the first boot after the flash takes too long (more than 10 minutes or so), or if your device is stuck in a loop then you need to perform the entire guide from the start, without skipping any steps.
NOTE: if PSX is not your cup of tea and you wish to return to your previous ROM, then you can use the NANDROID backup created at step 7 in order to do so. Simply boot your smartphone in recovery mode, and select "backup / restore", then follow the additional prompts
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- 01-05-2014, 04:36 PM #2Newbie
Re: Motorola Atrix HD: Install PSX Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM
i have made to verifing package. but when starts installing it aborts....just looking for help
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