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Flash PA Android 4.4.2 Beta 3 ROM for Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250

Paranoid Android AOSPA4+ beta 3 build is now available for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This guide contains all the files and instructions you need in order to learn how to successfully update your device with a brand new KitKat custom ROM.

PA AOSPA 4.0 Beta 3 ROM is based on ANDROID 4.4.2 KitKat, it packs elements from other popular custom ROMs such as: Paranoid Android, CyanogenMod and AOKP. After the installation is complete you should try to test all the features and functions that were added in this release by the developers for a better idea on what the KitKat Paranoid Android ROM brings for your I9250 Galaxy Nexus device.

More info about this release is found in our new article here and on Paranoid Android Google+ post here. Before starting the installation of this new ROM you will first have to take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • Use this post only with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus model number I9250.
    – do not attempt to update any other smartphones with the files that you will find in this post.
  • The Galaxy Nexus that you’re about to update has to be rooted and running the latest CWM or TWRP Recovery image.
    – both CWM and TWRP are supported by this guide.
    – for the installation of this KitKat custom ROM to complete successfully you will need to make sure that the custom Recovery installed on your device is updated to its latest build.
  • It is highly recommended for you to create a full NANDROID Backup for the installed ROM.
    – this will make sure that you’ll have a restore point ready for your phone, one that can be used in case the new PA Beta 3 KitKat ROM doesn’t boot correctly.
    > this step is listed in the tutorial, too.
  • For the new ROM to install correctly you will first have to apply a Factory Reset.
    – Factory Reset wipes all data from system partition, while the internal storage will remain the same.
    – Factory Reset step is listed in the tutorial, so you won’t miss it.
  • If you want to backup data from installed apps, SMS text messages or APN Internet Settings, then you can use the following tools for Android: Helium | SMS backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
    – root access is needed for some of these apps.
  • Sync your Contacts and People details with your default Gmail account.
    – guide here for those of you who don’t know how to do it.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
  • Check the phone’s battery power level and make sure that it is over 50%, this will prevent the device from switching off in the middle of the installation process.
  • This post is for more advanced users, do not blame us in case you brick the phone or lose any important data in the process.
  • Read the entire guide, don’t skip any steps, create the NANDROID ROM Backup file and you should be fine.

This is a guide that can be completed in under five minutes. If you cannot complete the installation, then you can always ask for extra help in comments.

How to flash Paranoid Android 4.4.2 Beta 3 for Samsung Galaxy Nexus:

  1. Download the latest build from here.
  2. Download Gapps for Paranoid Android custom ROMs from here.
  3. Connect the phone to your PC and then move both zip files to your phone’s internal storage.
    – after the files are copied with success you can disconnect the phone from PC.
    > don’t unzip the archived contents.
  4. Power off your Galaxy Nexus now.
  5. Next, boot the in CWM / TWRP Recovery mode.
    – this guide features the CWM actions, but you can use TWRP by finding its corresponding installation options.
    > remember that whichever custom Recovery you use, it has to be updated to its latest version.
  6. When you’re at the main custom Recovery screen you will first have to create a NANDROID ROM Backup:
    – select ‘backup and restore’, name the file and complete the backup.
  7. Apply “Factory Reset’ now:
    – select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’, confirm.
    > don’t skip this step, as the phone might not boot in normal mode.
  8. Now you can flash the new Paranoid Android 4.4.2 Beta 3 for Galaxy Nexus:
    – select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’.
    > find the pa-maguro-4.0-beta3 zip file and confirm installation.
  9. When the ROM is installed you will need to repeat step 8 action and flash Gapps zip as well.
  10. After all files are installed you can get back to the main custom Recovery.
  11. Reboot your phone now.
    > note that the first boot process takes a while to complete, which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until the home screen of Paranoid Android appears.
  12. Enter the Google Account info and take control over your device when all the files are loaded.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully update your smartphone with a brand new KitKat custom ROM.

If you cannot complete the guide, then you can ask for more help in comments. Also, if the process fails at the first attempt you can try to repeat the entire tutorial once again. If you decide to repeat the guide, then you have to make sure that you won’t skip any steps and that you will apply ‘factory reset’. Also, it would be best for you to use the ‘format / system’ option for all former ROM data to be wiped successfully.

Also, if you don’t like this new ROM, then you can always choose to restore your smartphone to its previous ROM in case you created the NANDROID Backup in step 6.

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