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Flash Paranoid Android AOSPA4+ Beta 2 KitKat for Google Nexus 4

Paranoid Android team has bundled together the 2nd beta of AOSPA4+ based on Android 4.4.2 for Nexus 4. Use this tutorial if you want to learn how to successfully update your device with the files that you will find in this post.

Paranoid Android AOSPA 4.0 Beta 2 features all the AOSP Android 4.4.2 components, while it also borrows functions from CyanogenMod and AOKP builds. It is currently one of the most popular and most used ROMs on Nexus phones, as it brings support for Immersive Full-screen Mode, improved Quick Settings menu, Lockscreen Blur, increasing ringtone support and others more.

Remember that this a beta build of Paranoid Android and not a final stable KitKat build, which means that you might find some errors and bugs while testing it. Report the bugs in the comments field or directly to Paranoid Android’s Google+ web page. Also, you can keep an eye on PA Google+ page in order to learn first when a brand new update build has been released, so that you will be able to be one of the first to test all new features. Soon, we will be surely get the final stable Paranoid Android KitKat ROM for your Google Nexus 4.

Before starting the installation you will need to take a look at the preparation guide below:

  • Use this post only for the Google Nexus 4 device.
    – don’t attempt to update any other smartphone with the files that you will find in this article as you will end up bricking it.
  • your device has to be rooted and running the latest CWM or TWRP Recovery image.
    – the post is supported by both CWM and TWRP Recovery and you need to make sure that whichever recovery you choose to use, then it is updated to its latest version
    – if the custom Recovery image is not updated to the latest build, then the installation of Paranoid Android KitKat 4.4.2 Beta 2 ROM will not complete successfully.
  • Make sure not to skip the NANDROID ROM Backup step, as that one will set a restore point for your device, one that you can use in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode after installation.
  • Factory Reset is also required, this means that you will lose all data stored on the system partition.|
    – internal partition will not be affected by the factory reset.
  • Backup data from installed apps, SMS text messages and APN Internet Settings using the following tools for Android: Helium app.
    – this app doesn’t require root access, so you can use it with any other Android device.
  • Guide here for those of you who want to backup data from Contacts with your default Gmail account.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options.
  • Make sure that there is enough battery power remained before the device switches off.
    – if the phone powers off in the middle of the installation, then you will be forced to repeat the entire guide more than once.
  • This guide is for advanced users, do not skip any steps and you should be fine.
  • Read the entire post before starting the installation.
  • Note that we cannot be blamed in case you brick your phone or lose any important data in the process.

These were all the preparation steps that you had to follow, now you can begin the installation of this brand new ROM.

How to flash ParanoidAndroid AOSPA4+ Beta 2 KitKat for Google Nexus 4:

  1. Download the ROM from here.
  2. Download the latest Gapps zip for this ROM from here.
  3. Connect your Nexus 4 to your PC, then move both zip files to its internal storage.
    – disconnect the phone from PC when the files are moved successfully.
    > make sure not to unzip the files.
  4. Power off your Nexus 4 now.
  5. Boot the device in Custom Recovery now.
    – if you don’t know how to boot recovery, then you have to read this other guide here.
  6. First thing that you need to do is to create a full NANDROID ROM Backup for the installed ROM:
    – CWM: Select ‘backup and restore’, then confirm.
    – TWRP: press Backup, then name the file and confirm the process.
  7. Next, apply the Factory Reset for your device:
    – CWM: select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm.
    – TWRP: press Wipe, then swipe to factory reset your phone.
  8. Now you can finally flash the brand new PA Android 4.4.2 Beta 2 ROM for your Nexus 4:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the zip file and confirm installation.
    – TWRP: press Install, then find the ROM zip and swipe to confirm process.
  9. After the ROM is installed, repeat step 8 actions and flash the Gapps zip file.
  10. When the ROM and Gapps are flashed you can return to the main custom Recovery screen.
  11. Reboot your phone now in normal mode.
    > note that the first boot process takes a while to complete which is why you shouldn’t press any buttons until you see the home screen.
  12. Use your Google Account details and take control over your device once again.
    – now that you’ve finished the installation you can begin to test all the features and functions added by Paranoid Android 4.4.2 Beta 2 ROM.

These were all the steps that you had to follow, now you’re free to test the ROM.

In case the first boot doesn’t complete after ten minutes, then you should repeat the entire tutorial again. Also, use the comments field in case you need any extra help with the installation.
> if you decide to repeat the entire post then you will need to make sure that no steps are skipped, so you should apply the ‘Factory Reset’ one and confirm the process.
> also, it would be best if you would apply the ‘format /system’ option too, as this one is found in the advanced or mounts and storage section of your Custom Recovery Mode.

If you cannot manage to complete the installation, then it might be because your Google Nexus 4 doesn’t support the ROM.

In case your Google Nexus 4 runs slowly or you find too many bugs while testing this ROM, then you will be forced to restore the device to its previous ROM using the NANDROID ROM Backup file created in step 6.

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