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A new Android v4.4.2 KitKat Xperia custom ROM has been made available to the HTC Desire HD model.

The new custom ROM is based on the Sony's KitKat firmware released for Xperia devices. Besides performance tweaks, it comes loaded with exclusive animation, themes, apps like WALKMAN, ALBUM and MOVIE and also enhancements such as Clear Audio, Xloud, Clear Bass, Google apps, Zipaligned apps, Zram optimizations, and lot more Xperia related features.

Pre-requisite (things to remember before the installation of custom ROM in the smartphone):

  • Though custom ROM gives unrestricted powers (options) to the device, it is a two-edged sword - and once installed, smartphone company's warranty stands void and will no longer be liable for future updates [warranty can be restored simply by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
  • This custom ROM has to installed only on HTC Desire HD [To check your model: Go to Settings >> About device >> model number ]
  • Rooting of devices leads to complete data wipe out, so make sure to back all data.
  • Users make sure you have installed USB drivers on the PC to connect your HTC Desire HD (To install USB driver, click here)
  • One of the main pre-requisite before installing custom ROM is that the phone must be rooted and must have installed ClockworkMod Recovery/TWRP.
  • Make sure your smartphone has more than 80-percent battery.

[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) of Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or may even lead to the device being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if smartphones get bricked. Hence users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Step-by-step installation procedure of Android v4.4.2 KitKat Xperia Custom ROM for HTC Desire HD:

Step 1: Download Android v4.4.2 Xperia Custom ROM for HTC Desire HD to your PC [Note: extract boot.img from the .zip file seperately].

Step 2: Connect HTC Desire HD to PC via USB chord.

Step 3: Then, place Android v4.4.2 ROM zip file into the phone's SD card memory. [User are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder]

Step 4: Now, place boot.img file in to the 'android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools' directory

Step 5: Then, turn-off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 6: Now, perform the regular Bootloader/Fastboot mode sortie by press holding 'volume (down)' and 'power' buttons.

Step 7: After entering Fastboot mode in the phone, go to 'android-sdk-windowsplatform-tools' directory (on your PC) and open Command Prompt (Shift + Right-click > Open Command Prompt).

Step 8: Now, type-in the following command- 'fastboot flash boot boot.img' and press enter key and again type-in 'fastboot reboot' and press enter key

Step 9: then, follow the navigation instructions on the screen by selecting 'BOOTLOADER' and then go to 'RECOVERY' mode.

Step 10: After entering the ClockworkMod recovery, clear all data by choosing the option - 'wipe data/factory reset' [Note: use Volume keys to navigate and power button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

Step 11: Now, clear the cache memory by selecting 'wipe cache partition'.

Step 12: Then, go back to ClockworkMod recovery , select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or other errors]

Step 13: Again come back to main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 14: Then tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 4.4.2 ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process [Note: use Volume keys to navigate and power button to select options]

Step 15: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-boot the device opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now, your device (HTC Desire HD) will take minimum five minutes to complete booting process. Users then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of Android 4.4.2 KitKat Xperia custom ROM.

[Credits: Team Android]