Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 For Verizon Galaxy Nexus I515 With AOKP Build 1: How To Install

By Prarthito Maity email: p.maity@mobilenapps.com | Jan 21, 2013 06:39 AM EST

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Users of the Verizon-based Galaxy Nexus build I515 have some good news.

Per reports, the Galaxy Nexus available via Verizon has now received the latest AOKP custom ROM Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean build.

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Although AOKP is too late to release an Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean build, nevertheless, users will now at last have the much awaited JB-MR1 Build 1 of AOKP which was developed using Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean as base.

By installing AOKP JB-MR1 Build 1 ROM, users can upgrade their Galaxy Nexus I515 to very latest Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean firmware. Few of the notable Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean features include multi-user support, gesture typing, new quick settings option, lock-screen widget, new camera app, photo sphere, improved Google Now, new daydream feature, miracast display and more.

However, before going ahead with the installation, interested users will need to note that this guide is for Galaxy Nexus I515 and it is advisable not to try this guide in any other Android device.

Moreover, MobilenApps will not be held responsible for any damages to the device caused due to the instruction given in this page. Users better try it at their own risk.

To perform the steps, the device needs to have at least 80 percent battery left in it, and that the USB driver for Galaxy S3 Nexus I515 is already installed in the PC. It is also important to make sure that the USB debugging has been enabled with a backup of the EFS Folder. The device also has to have ClockworkMod Recovery installed.

Few reminders:

  • This may work with TWRP recovery or any other similar custom recovery but that maybe risky. Using ClockworkMod recovery is advisable.
  • This is a custom firmware and neither Google nor Samsung has released it, and flashing this ROM on the device will increase the binary counter.
  • Users need to see that they don’t skip any step as this may lead to bricking of the device.
  • The ROM needs at least five minutes after first boot to settle.

Here are the steps to install Android 4.2.1:

Step 1: Connect the phone to PC using USB cable.

Step 2: Now copy downloaded files to the SD card of the phone. No file extraction should be performed as of now. (Download links given below)

Step 3: Disconnect USB and then turn off the phone.

Step 4: Boot the device into recovery mode. To perform it, press and hold Volume Up, Volume Down and the Power button, and continue to hold all three until the screen flashes. Next, release all buttons (use volume buttons to scroll and Power button to select]. Alternative way: Recovery Mode without Key Combination.

Step 5: Users now need to perform a Nandroid backup of the existing ROM that can restored later if this new ROM doesn’t work or if the user wants to go back. To perform a backup, select Backup and Restore, then on the next screen, select Backup again. Go back to main recovery menu after backup is complete.

Step 6: Perform data wiping task here. To do so, select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm the action. It will take a few minutes for the date to be completely wiped out. Now come back to CWM recovery main menu and select elect wipe cache partition and after wiping process is done. Here, select Wipe Dalvik Cache under advance option to perform Dalvik cache wiping.

Step 7: Now select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Now, locate the aokp_toro_jb-mr1_build-1.zip file that was copied earlier in Step 2 and select it by pressing Power button. The installation needs to be confirmed by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM installation will begin.

Step 8: Once the ROM installation process ends, repeat the step 7 but this time choose the gapps-jb-20121212-signed.zip file instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.

Step 9: When installation is completed, users need to go back to the main recovery menu and select reboot system now to reboot the phone and boot up into customized Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM CM 10.1. The first boot will take a bit of time.

Step 10: In order to returning to previous ROM, boot into recovery, select backup and restore then restore the previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

“Galaxy Nexus I515 comes with dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and 1GB of RAM which mean it should be able to run Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean smoothly,” an Android Jinn report states.

Download Links:

AOKP JB-MR1 Build 1 4.2.1 Jelly Bean ROM For Galaxy Nexus I515

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