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A new Android v4.4.4 KitKat CandyKat custom ROM has been made available to the 2013's flagship smartphone Google Nexus 5.

The new custom ROM (CandyKat) is said to be based on v4.4.4 KitKat OS and comes with lots of customization options such as-

  • New hardware button configuration
  • Custom carrier label
  • Custom candy images
  • Candy sweetener themes and mods
  • New battery icons
  • Google ID dialer
  • Dark themed UI
  • Slim Pie
  • New LockScreen themes
  • Hover feature
  • Custom toast animations
  • Performance tweaks and many more improvements to enhance user-experience

Prerequisite (things to remember before the installation of custom ROM in the smartphone):

  • Though installing custom ROM improves 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 Android v4.4.4 KitKat CandyKat custom ROM has to be installed only on Google-LG Nexus 5 model [To check your model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  • Phone must be rooted.
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of whole data in the smartphone, so make sure to back up 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) 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 Android v4.4.4 KitKat CandyKat custom ROM for Google-LG Nexus 5:

Step 1: Download Android v4.4.4 KitKat CandyKat Custom ROM (here) and Google Apps (here) in the PC.

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

[Note: Before plugging the phone to the computer, make sure you have installed USB driver software, if not, click here to download the firmware]

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 the 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 go back to the ClockworkMod recovery, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure, so that users 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 minimum of five minutes to complete the booting process.

Users, then head to Settings >> select About phone to confirm the installation of Android v4.4.4 KitKat CandyKat Custom ROM.

[Credits: Team Android]