The Verizon Droid Bionic was a legendary Android smartphone from Motorola, introduced and released more than 3 years ago and until now there are lots of folks who still use it. Possibly due to the Bionic’s hardware is not too obsolete, the specs are just like the mid-range phone that was released lately. This is why, its users are still able to run the latest version of Android on this smartphone.
Jelly Bean was the last official update received by Bionic, however, with the help of developers, some users now could experience the Android 4.4 KitKat, unofficial way by installing a custom ROM. Even now we can download and flash an official CyanogenMod 12 (CM12) ROM for the Droid Bionic, the ROM is based on the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Although the CM12 is an unofficial ROM, but almost all of the features could work normally, the 4G LTE data connection, call, SMS/MMS, camera, audio, Bluetooth, all works fine. Although you might find a bug at some time, but it’s a rare case and likely not too annoying, but after you check out the Android 5.0 Lollipop, you will neglect the bugs.
If you wish to run CM12 on the Verizon Droid Bionic then ensure that you fulfill the main requirements – a new Safestrap (TWRP) recovery which support SELinux. Of course, to be able to install this custom recovery, a root access is required.
Here is a brief guide to flash this Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM on Bionic:
- Make sure root access is working.
- Grab the CM12 Nightly ROM from CyanogenMod site and the Google Apps.
- Download the latest version of Safestrap v3.75 (apk file) and install it on your phone.
- Hit a button to Install the recovery.
- Reboot and enter recovery.
- Once boot into Safestrap (TWRP), perform a Full wipe.
- Now flash the ROM in recovery, after that reboot system.
- Follow the initial setup, reboot again into TWRP then flash the CM12 Gapps.