Everyone definitely hopes that they always get the most recent Android OS update from its manufacturer. I believe since Google released KitKat, many Motorola Droid 4 (XT894) users are curious, when Verizon Wireless will release the Android 4.4 update for their smartphones.
The Verizon Motorola DROID 4 has received the official OTA update last month, however, not KitKat, only Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which is not as we expected, but considering that this phone was launched in 2012 with Gingerbread, we certainly cannot expect too much. According to Motorola’s official support page, this smartphone will stay on Jelly Bean, so the OTA update in January 2014 could be the last one.
But you don’t need to be worried, since there’s another way to update your VZW Motorola DROID 4 to Android 4.4 (KitKat), by flashing custom ROMs. Currently there are two popular Android 4.4.2 ROM available for your phones, known as SlimKat and CM11.
Unofficial SlimKat Android 4.4.2 for Motorola DROID 4
SlimKat is the project name for SlimROMs based on KitKat, some unique features that owned by this ROM is:
- Heavily themed black interfaces called Real Dark Slim, it’s classy look user interface.
- Custom shortcut enabled – Hardware keys, Navigation Ring, Navigation Bar, Lockscreen, etc.
- System wide keyboard control- rotation, cursor control, emoticons, etc.
- Camera – Trueview and Smart Capture.
Unofficial CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) for VZW Motorola DROID 4
This ROM ported from CM11, of course, it brings some standard CyanogenMod features, for example: theming support, privacy guard, Wi-Fi tethering, overclocking and another performance enhancements. When tested (Feb, 4th) on DROID 4 (XT894), the phone function and 3G/1x mobile data working on Verizon Wireless network, moreover, the Wi-Fi, GPS and Camera work perfectly. There are only a few that have not worked well, including HDMI.
How to Update Verizon DROID 4 to Android 4.4 KitKat via custom ROM
The following are some requirements that you must fulfill before updating your phone with the new firmware.
- Make sure your device has been rooted, since modifying system requires superuser privileges.
- Once rooted, you must install Safestrap (2nd system bootstrap or recovery). This is a custom recovery for a device with locked bootloader, this allows us to flash custom ROMs.
- Download Android 4.4.2 custom ROM that suits your needs, the most stable ROM at the moment are SlimKat and Unofficial CM11. Before downloading make sure you read the dev’s announcement, especially on the “What’s Not Working” section, so you would not regret afterwards.
- Download Google Apps, however, the dev have stated that the standard Gapps package is not suitable to flash via Safestrap, so you should definitely get a GAPPS package without “set_metadata”.
Here is the common step by step on how to update Motorola DROID 4 to KitKat (Android 4.4 custom ROM), but there are some ROMs that require an extra step that is different than usual, so it’s good to read the installation instruction from the ROM’s developers page.
- Copy the ROM and Google package into your phone.
- Boot into Safestrap recovery.
- Full Wipe
- Flash ROM and Gapps in 1st ROM-Slot.
- Full Wipe and reboot.