Sprint’s variant of the Galaxy Nexus with model number SPH-L700 recently got a nice treatment from AOKP (Android Open Kang Project) development team. A new custom ROM, fourth build, has been released for users who are willing to take the risk of flashing unofficial firmware into their device. While the ROM doesn’t come with new features, developers believe it is a necessary update as it addresses many security flaws as well as bugs.
- Device: Galaxy Nexus
- Model: SPH-L700
- Network: Sprint
- Version: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- Build: Fourth Custom AOKP
- Status: Released but still under development
Note: There could still be some bugs and issues with the ROM.
- All important data should be backed up prior to the installation.
- Users are advised to back up the EFS Folder to save a copy of the IMEI number and other information about the phone.
- The device should be rooted and ClockworkMod Recovery tool installed.
- The USB Debugging feature should be enabled in the device.
- Necessary drivers for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus model SPH-L700 should have already been installed.
The installation of the Android 4.2.2-based AOKP custom ROM will be done through the use of a popular recovery tool known as ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM Recovery). Users will spend the entire installation process in the CWM Recovery console where they are required to load the firmware.
There are two separate zipped files that users have to download and save into their phones to begin the flashing process. The first package contains all necessary files and firmware, amounting to 157MB in size, needed to make the Galaxy Nexus run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The second package contains Google Apps that offer Google services including Gmail, the Play Store, etc.
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DISCLAIMER: This guide is provided to you for information and reference purposes only. We don’t force you to follow it so you cannot blame us if something will happen to your device during the flashing. Install this firmware at your own risk
Step 1: Before you turn your phone off, connect it to your computer and copy the custom ROM and Google Apps packages into the root directory of your device’s internal memory. Never put them inside any folder as they will become undetectable to the ClockworkMod Recovery.
Step 2: Once everything has been copied, you can now turn your device off in preparation for the installation.
Step 3: Press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons together until the screen flashes. This will boot the device into recovery mode.
Step 4: So that you will have an option to revert back to your current ROM or setup, make a Nandroid backup. Choose Backup and Restore from the options, then select Backup. Go back to the main menu once the backup process is complete.
Step 5: Before you install the custom ROM, you will need to reset the phone to its Factory Settings. Choose Wipe Data/Factory Reset option and confirm your action by choosing Yes.
Step 6: After all data have been wiped out, you will also need to clear the cache partition. Go back to the main menu and choose Wipe Cache Partition.
Step 7: Once the cache partition has been cleared, you will need to wipe the Dalvik cache. Choose Advance option and fine Wipe Dalvik Cache from there.
Step 8: Now, you’re ready to install the AOKP custom ROM. Going back to the main menu, select the option Install zip from SD card followed with Choose zip from SD card. You will automatically be brought to the root directory of your device. Choose the package containing the firmware (AOKP Build 4) first. It may take a few minutes to complete the flashing so you’ll have to be patient and wait. NEVER interrupt the process.
Step 9: Once the firmware flashing is complete, you will be brought to the same menu as before. So, select Choose zip from SD card. This time, choose the Google Apps package instead of the firmware. The flashing may be faster than before. Still, make sure you don’t interrupt it.
Step 10: Once both flashing processes were completed, go back to the main menu and choose Reboot System Now. You should know that this reboot may take a few minutes before your device becomes active again. Just wait for it.
So far, that’s how you install the custom AOKP firmware into your Galaxy Nexus. If you want to revert to your old ROM, boot your device into Recovery Mode again and choose Backup and Restore, then select Restore. You will then be prompted to choose the ROM you created a while ago.
Do let us know if this works for you.