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A new Paranoid Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM has been made available to the 2013's flagship smartphone Google Nexus 5.

Paranoid Android custom firmware is said to be based on v4.4.4 KitKat OS and comes with loads of customization options and performance enhancing tweaks.

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

  • Though installing custom ROM improve the device's performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
  • This Paranoid Android v4.4.4 KitKat custom ROM has to be installed only on Google-LG Nexus 5 model aka Hammerhead [To check your model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of whole data in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smartphone.
  • Users make sure they have installed USB drivers on the PC, or else your phone (Google-LG Nexus 5 model) smartphone will not be recognized by the computer.
  • Make sure your device has more than 80 percent battery, or else there is chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted.

[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 Paranoid Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM for Google-LG Nexus 5:

Step 1: Download Paranoid Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM (here or here) and Google Apps (here) in the PC.

Step 2: Connect Google-LG Nexus 5 to PC via USB cord.

Step 3: Then, place Android v4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM zip file and the Google Apps .zip file into the phone's SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip files in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

[Note: Before users begin installing the custom software, make sure the device is already rooted and must have installed ClockworkMod Recovery.]

Step 4: Now turn-off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 5: Then perform the regular 'Bootloader Mode' sortie by press holding 'volume up', 'volume down' and 'power' buttons.

Step 6: Once entering the 'Bootloader mode', go to ClockworkMod Recovery mode, then perform full data wipe, by choosing 'wipe data/factory reset' [Note: use Volume keys to navigate and power button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

Step 7: Now, clear the cache memory by selecting 'wipe cache partition'

Step 8: Then to go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and 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 any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

Step 9: Again come back to the main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 10: Then tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 4.4.4 ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Repeat the same procedure for installing Google Apps. [Note: use Volume keys to navigate and power button to select options]

Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now, your device (Google-LG Nexus 5) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Users, then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of Paranoid Android 4.4.4 KitKat Custom ROM.

[Also read: How to Install Android v4.4.4 KitKat CandyKat Custom ROM on Google Nexus 5]

[Credits: Android Geeks]