How to update Motorola DROID BIONIC to KitKat (Android 4.4) via Custom ROM

Google has officially released Android 4.4 in November 2013, the new OS brought significant changes to the Android like a faster multi-tasking, more simple and stunning user interface, HDR+ photography, as well as others. After that many users were curious, when my Verizon Motorola DROID Bionic (XT875) will get an official updates KitKat.


This smartphone has great hardware such as the 1GHz Dual core, TI OMAP processor and 1GB of RAM, so it can still run KitKat though not as good as other modern phones. Indeed, there has been no official statement from Motorola about KitKat for BIONIC, but according to its official support page, this device will remain on Jelly Bean and will not get future updates.

Fortunately, there is hope that comes from the Android community, we are still able to run Android 4.4.2 KitKat on Motorola DROID BIONIC, of course, not the official way, since we need to flash our devices with an AOSP custom ROMs.


Listed below are several prerequisites you need to satisfy before flashing your phone with a custom ROM.

  • Ensure you’ve root access on the DROID BIONIC, since we need to flash a custom recovery.
  • As soon as the device successfully rooted, you ought to install Safestrap recovery, for those who have no idea, it’s a TWRP based custom recovery locked bootloader devices.
  • Grab a custom ROM that you like, in case you’re confused, you can get one of the best KitKat ROM for BIONIC.
  • Get Google Apps package, however, since we need to flash it via Safestrap recovery, you should get a Gapps package without set_metadata.

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Verizon DROID BIONIC Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update via custom ROM

Here’s the step by step on how to update Motorola DROID BIONIC by flashing custom ROM, however, sometimes a ROM need an additional step that is different from the other, so it’s a good idea to read original instruction from the dev’s thread on xda.

  1. Link up your phone to computer via USB cable.
  2. Copy the ROM and Google package you’ve downloaded before into your SD card.
  3. To boot into Safestrap now turn off your device then turn it on again, once a Motorola logo disappears, choose an option to enter Safestrap recovery. In this case we assume that you already set up a ROM Slot.
  4. Before flashing, consider to Wipe data/factory reset, and format /system in Safestrap.
  5. Still on Safestrap, tap Install then point to where you save the KitKat ROM from DROID BIONIC then flashes it.
  6. Now flash the Gapps package.
  7. Reboot and Profit.



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