Update Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 to Android 4.4.2 using Paranoid Android AOSPA4+ Beta 2 ROM

Paranoid Android AOSPA4+ Android 4.4.2 ROM for Galaxy Nexus I9250 Installation Guide

Samsung Galaxy Nexus model number I9250 has received its own version of Paranoid Android AOSPA4+ Beta 2, a new great ROM that’s based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Use this tutorial and learn how to successfully update your device.

Paranoid Android AOSPA 4+ Beta 2 is based on Android 4.4.2 AOSP stock ROM, it packs all the KitKat stock features along with some of its own. The developing team of PA is constantly working on releasing better and more stable builds for all Nexus devices. There are other non-Nexus devices supported, but at the moment such builds are only available in some XDA threads.

Remember that this is not an official Samsung nor Google update, but you will get one of the best KitKat custom ROMs. Note that it also packs things from CyanogenMod and AOKP too. Note that the battery life of your device will decrease after installing this custom ROM, as the KitKat OS requires more power to run smoothly.

If you want to learn more about the PA AOSPA4+ Beta 2 KitKat custom ROM, then you can follow Paranoid Android Google+ page here. In order to make sure that you successfully update your device, then you need to first read the preparation guide below:

  • Use this guide only with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus model number I9250.
    – do not try to update any other phones with the files that you’ll find in this post.
  • Your smartphone has to be rooted and the latest version of either CWM or TWRP has to be installed on it.
    – if the custom Recovery is not updated to the latest version, then you won’t be able to flash any new KitKat custom ROMs.
  • Create a full NANDROID ROM Backup for the installed OS.
    – it will set a restore point for your device, one that you can use in case the new ROM doesn’t boot in normal mode.
  • A Factory Reset is required before starting the installation, which is why you shouldn’t skip this specific step when you reach it.
    – factory reset wipes all data from system partition and allows you to flash a new custom KitKat ROM.
    – factory reset will not delete data from internal storage.
  • Backup data from installed apps, SMS and APN Internet Settings with the following apps for Android: Helium | SMS backup & restore | APN Settings Backup & Restore.
  • Guide here for those of you who want to learn how to backup Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
  • Enable USB Debugging from Developer Options menu.
  • Check the phone’s battery charge 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 guide is for advanced users, do not skip any steps and ask for extra help in comments in case you cannot complete the tutorial.
  • Read all the guide and start only after you’re sure that you can complete it successfully.

These were all the guidelines that you had to go over, continue to the next part of this guide and learn how to successfully update your device with a KitKat custom ROM.

Make sure that you won’t skip any of the steps listed below, as that will result in a filed attempt and you will be forced to repeat the entire guide more than once. Don’t try to flash any custom ROMs in case you’re a beginner and you don’t know what you’re doing, as you can brick the firmware of your phone resulting in data loss and being forced to look for stock Android builds in order to fix your device.

How to flash Paranoid Android Beta 2 Android 4.4.2 ROM for Galaxy Nexus I9250:

  1. Download the PA AOSPA4+ Beta 2 ROM from here.
  2. Download Gapps for this custom ROM from here.
    – grab the latest build.
  3. Connect the Galaxy Nexus to your computer, then move both zip files to your phone’s internal storage.
    – disconnect the device from PC when the files are copied successfully.
  4. Power off your Galaxy Nexus now.
  5. Boot the phone in CWM or TWRP Recovery Mode.
  6. First thing that you need to do is to create a full NANDROID ROM backup for the installed OS:
    – CWM: select ‘backup and restore’. Save the file on your phone.
    – TWRP: press Backup, name the file and swipe to confirm process.
  7. Now you need to apply a Factory Reset for your device:
    – CWM: Select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’. Confirm.
    – TWRP: Press Wipe and then swipe to factory reset your phone.
  8. Next, install the ParanoidAndroid AOSPA4+ Beta 2 ROM:
    – CWM: select ‘install zip from sdcard’, then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Find the ROM zip and confirm its installation.
    – TWRP: press Install, find the ROM file and swipe to install.
  9. After the new ROM is flashed, repeat step 8 and flash Gapps zip as well.
  10. When the Paranoid Android and Gapps are installed you can return to the main custom Recovery screen.
  11. Reboot your Galaxy Nexus in normal mode now.
    – the first boot process of Paranoid Android 4.4.2 AOSPA4+ Beta 2 will take several minutes to load all the required files.
    – don’t press any buttons until the boot is complete.
  12. Enter your Google Account info when the main menu of the new ROM appears.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to update your device. For other questions use the comments field below.

In case the first boot process takes more than ten minutes, the device enters into a boot loop, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial. Custom ROMs might not always install at the first attempt, which is why you can choose to repeat the guide. If you decide to repeat the guide, then it would be best for you not to skip any steps and make sure that the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ step isn’t skipped. Also, you should be apply the ‘format /system’ option too.

The installation of a custom ROM shouldn’t give you any headaches once you learn your way around a custom Recovery and what every single file flashed does to your device. However, not everyone is a fast learner which is why you needed to create a full NANDROID ROM Backup of the installed OS.

If you complete installation, but you consider that the new Paranoid Android AOSPA4+ KitKat ROM doesn’t work as you had expected it to with your Galaxy Nexus I9250, then you should restore your phone to its previous ROM using the backup file created in step 6. More info about this guide can be obtained by asking help in comments below.

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