Android has progressed more than a lot and right now we all are keeping our eyes on Google’s next Android version that it has already shown off, named as Android L. The upcoming devices will definitely run on Android L and some manufacturers will also update their current flagship devices and some other mainstream devices to this latest and greatest version of Android as it comes out. But there’s a number of unlucky devices, that have been forgotten by the device manufacturers and still run on the older versions of Android like Android 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and some device never got an Android update higher than the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. This is pretty much frustrating and might bug you when you find others around you running the latest version of Android and your device manufacturer has sticked your device to and older one.
Motorola Droid X is also one of those unlucky devices, and it’s software’s life ended on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Although this is an old device and sports the old age specifications, but it definitely was a great choice to go with in the year 2010 and there are great chances that a number of people still owns this device. For the Motorola Droid X owners, the great developers over the XDA forums have made a custom firmware based on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat using CyanogenMod 11, the most popular Andorid custom ROM.
Just in case you’re wondering how you can get this firmware running on your Android device, you don’t need to worry about it as you have spotted the right place. We are going to install this Android 4.4.4 KitKat with CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM on our beloved Motorola Droid X in the following post. Before you move forward, you need to keep in mind that this is a custom ROM and this might contain some bugs and we cannot guarantee its proper working and functionality, so you have to make sure that you’re installing it at your own risk.
This is only for Motorola Droid X!
This custom ROM is only for the device mentioned above. Make sure that your model number matches the one listed above. To do so, go to Settings > About Device on your device and see your model number. Flashing this ROM on any other device will result in bricking it so make sure that you meet this requirement first of all.
Battery should be charged at least over 60%.
Make sure that your battery is charged enough to complete the flashing process. In case your battery is low and your device goes dead during the flashing process, you may end up soft bricking your device as it won’t complete the flashing process.
Flash a Custom Recovery.
A custom recovery, whether a TWRP or CWM is required to flash this ROM. You may find Bootstrap CWM for Motorola Droid X on our site and flash it using the instructions explained in the guide.
4. Backup everything!
Just to be on the safe side, you may consider backing up each and everything from your Android device. This is highly recommended so that in case anything goes wrong, you still have the access to all of your data and you can restore it immediately. You may backup everything as listed below.
- Backup SMS Messages
- Backup Call Logs
- Backup Contacts
- Backup Media – Copy your files manually to your PC or Laptop.
- Titanium Backup – If already rooted, use Titanium Backup to backup all of your apps, system data and other important content.
- Backup Nandroid – If CWM or TWRP installed previously, otherwise skip this step and perform this at the end of flashing.
The methods involved in flashing custom recoveries, ROMs and rooting your phone are highly custom and may result in bricking your device, and has nothing to do with Google or the device manufacturer that is Motorola in our case. Also rooting your device will void its warranty and you will be no longer eligible for any kind of free device services by the manufacturers/warranty providers. In case of any mishap we may not be held responsible. Follow these instructions to the letter to avoid any mishap or bricking. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it at your own responsibility.
How To Install Android 4.4.4 KitKat On Motorola Droid X With CM 11 Custom ROM
- Download the Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM.zip file: twrp_2.7_cm11_dx.zip
- Download the Google Gapps.zip file for Android 4.4.4 KitKat: pa_gapps-modular-mini-4.4.4-20140708-signed.zip
- Copy both the downloaded .zip files to your Motorola Droid X’s internal or external storage.
- Now install the Droid X Bootstrapper applicatoin that you installed to flash custom recovery and reboot your Droid X in CWM recovery mode.
- Once in recovery, wipe cache, dalvik cache and data.
- Now within the recovery, select “Install Zip > Choose Zip from SDcard > Locate the twrp_2.7_cm11_dx.zip file” and flash it.
- Once flashing the ROM is done, once again select “Install Zip > Choose Zip from SDcard > Locate the Gapps.zip file” and flash it.
- Once flashed, wipe cache and dalvik cache again from the recovery.
- Reboot your Motorola Droid X now.
- You will see the CM logo as soon as it boots up. That’s all, enjoy
That was all. You have Android 4.4.4 KitKat running on your Droid X now! In case you’re stuck with anything or facing any difficulties regarding this post, make sure that you drop your comments below. We will respond as soon as we come across it. Thanks all.