Motorola Droid – Tutorial to Install Cyanogen Mod 9 Firmware Update

Sanjana January 21, 2012 0

An all new version of Cyanogen Mod9 firmware has arrived for Motorola Droid users. But in order to accommodate this Cyanogen Mod9 firmware in your phone you require to root your device. This new firmware supports the goodness of ICS Android 4.0 firmware but it is not the official firmware version released by Motorola Inc. It is to be noted that this is not a really stable version and there are no change logs of this beta version. This firmware version looks exactly like the ICS Android 4.0 stock firmware with a number of added features.

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Most of the features of this new ICS Firmware work except the camera and acclerated video decoding using TI DSP. Most of the Google Apps are installed to /data/vendor. If you are updating from earlier CM9 build use “rm-r/system/*” in recovery console before installation so as to make sure that you don’t run out of space in/system because of previously installed Google Apps.

We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the updation procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The updation procedure is not recommended for basic users but is for advanced users and is only applicable to Motorola Droid smartphones that are network unlocked. Do not apply it in any other device as it might not be reversible and may harm the device by blocking it.

Pre-Requisites:

You must backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will enable you to replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link posted below to backup and restore all your data easily.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Download Cyanogen MOD 9 Firmware ZipDownload Google Apps Package

Steps to Update Motorola Droid with Cyanogen Mod 9 Firmware:

Step-1: Download Cyanogen MOD 9 Firmware Zip followed by Google Apps Package from the Must Have section to your computer. Connect the smartphone via original USB Cable obtained at purchase time and copy both the downloaded zip file to your phone’s SD Card.

Step-2: After you have copied the file to the computer, disconnect the USB Cable from the computer.  Enable USB Debugging in your phone from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”.

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Power off your phone to enter into Recovery mode by pressing “X” on the physical keyboard and power button to power on the phone.

Step-3: You may let go of the power button but do not let go of X. Now an Exclamation Mark icon will be displayed and you can let go of X now. In order to access Recovery Mode from the exclamation mark icon, hold the volume up button then press the camera button.

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Step-4: In Recovery mode  select “Clear storage” to clear all data present in your phone then choose “Install zip from SD Card” > “Choose zip from sd card” to select the Cyanogen Mod 9 file placed in your phone. It will take about 15-20mins to apply this update. After the device is updated you will again land up in Recovery mode screen. In Recovery mode, select the option of  “++++ Go Back ++++” then choose “Reboot system now” option to restart the device normally.

Now you can restore the back up of all the data created and aslo re-configure the APN and other Settings. Thus you can easily update your Motorola Droid  smartphone with the latest Cyanogen Mod 9 version by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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