The HTC Evo 4G LTE users can get excited as a new update has just been made available for their handsets. The firmware comes from the Android Open Kang Project team and was first tested by those of xda-developers, so we have them to thanks for the following step by step guide. Anyway, in case you are wondering, no I’m not talking about the highly expected Jelly Bean update, though it should be released in the coming days. Therefore, we will be checking in how to install the AOKP ICS 4.0.4 custom ROM firmware on your HTC Evo 4G LTE smartphone.
By flashing this new AOKP software you will be able to power up the performances of your Evo 4G with many features and capabilities not found in the classic Android platform. Furthermore, you will be able to enjoy an improved and more stable version of the ICS flavor, that has to offer a new interface (different from the default one), new backgrounds images and a new theme manager from where you can easily customize and personalize the looks for impressing your friends. So, as soon as you update your phone, you will be able to spice things up a little bit.
Beside the already mentioned advantages, by applying this tutorial for your HTC Evo, the internal system of your device will be optimized so that you can obtain more power for your smartphone. Furthermore, the battery life will be improved, the RAM memory will be used better, you will gain more speed, not to mention that you will be able to download and install apps from outside the Google Play coverage. But, for creating a better impression of the same, you can check the full features list of the AOKP ICS 4.0.4 custom ROM firmware by clicking on this link. Read the lines from there and only after that decide whether or not to install the update on your HTC Evo.
The present upgrade isn’t coming from HTC and this operation is not provided by the same company. So, for being able to complete it you will have to take care of some things first. You must root the HTC Evo 4G LTE and you should also install a custom recovery image on its system. If not, you will not be able to install the ICS update. But, when you gain root access the warranty gets void. Therefore, if you think that you can’t handle such a task, maybe it will be better to stop going further. In the future if you will want to restore the warranty, all that is required will be the stock ROM, or an official version of the Android OS. By applying such software, you will be able to revoke the root access and to re-install the factory restrictions.
The up-detailed aspect means that you always have to follow a how to guide like this one, and not to perform things by yourselves as you can brick your phones. Also, as usual, before applying something on your device, you should think on what will happen with your personal info which is saved on its internal storage memory. Almost each time a full wipe of the system will be required meaning that the data will be wiped out. The only way for preventing in losing your recent saves will be in making a backup operation. In the next list I have mentioned a few backup tips; check them and don’t skip this part.
- Save and restore text messages (SMS, MMS).
- Backup and restore call logs.
- Backup the contacts and sync with Google.
- Save the Internet settings.
- Backup the current ROM as you can easily restore it if something bad happens.
Leaving aside the backup, you should concentrate on another aspect: the preparation tasks. First of all, make sure you have access to a Windows powered computer, to the phone’s USB cable and of course to your smartphone. Then, on both computer and HTC Evo uninstall the security tools (you can reactivate them as soon as the process ends). The device must have at least 60% of battery power remain in the system (if not charge it). On your phone go and enable the USB debugging option: “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. And finally, don’t forget to root and install a custom recovery image on your HTC Evo 4G LTE.
How to Update HTC Evo 4G LTE to AOKP ICS 4.0.4 Custom ROM Firmware
- Download the ROM file from here.
- Download Google Apps from here.
- Place the files on your computer.
- Connect the Evo with the PC.
- Copy-paste both files which you have downloaded before from the PC to your phone.
- Disconnect the device.
- Turn it off.
- Enter in bootloader mode: press and hold Volume UP Key and OK button while powering on.
- From bootloader choose “recovery”.
- From the recovery mode menu first select to perform the above mentioned wipe: “Wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Then, return to recovery.
- Again use its menu and select “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
- Pick the update file first and then do the same for the Google apps package.
- Select “yes” and wait until the procedure ends.
- In the end, return to recovery (“+++go back+++”) and then select “reboot system now”.
There you have it; that was the step by step guide from which you could learn how to manually update the HTC Evo 4G LTE device with AOKP ICS 4.0.4 Custom ROM Firmware. Run the new OS and see how it performs. Take note that this is still the beta version of the same, so if there are bugs don’t worry as it will be resolved as soon as a new update will come out; of course we will update you with the same. Furthermore, stay close as a Jelly Bean based custom ROM for the HTC EVO 4G LTE is being expected and we will bring a suitable tutorial soon.