The guys working over at C-RoM recently made their latest v7.1 C-RoM custom ROM based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS for a great deal of devices. Having the original code grounded from popular Android custom ROMs like CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android and CarbonROM, C-RoM v7.1’s lightweight package comes with tons of handy UI features including Peek, Halo, Floating Windows, On-The-Go Mode, Gesture Anywhere, revamped system layout, ad-blocker implementation, patches for wallpapers & theme engine, readdition of Density changer, new Animation Controls, Active Display, as well as a new option to hide icons from notification bar.
Sounds pretty cool, right? In this article I’ve put together an elaborated step-by-step tutorial on how to install the v7.1 Android 4.4.4 KitKat custom ROM on your HTC One M8 (aka All New HTC One 2014). Just make sure you’ve carefully read all the prerequisites first to make sure the entire process goes in a breeze – without encountering any serious problems.
Download v7.1 C-RoM Android 4.4.4 KitKat ROM
- Model: M8
- Device Name: HTC One 2014
- Android Version: v4.4.4 KitKat
- ROM Version: v7.1
- Kernel: 3.4.x
- Date: 2014-06-24
Download Links: Click here (Size: 215.2MB) to download v7.1 Android 4.4.4 KitKat C-RoM custom ROM for HTC One M8 (HTC One 2014). All the necessary KitKat-compatible Google apps (stock Gapps) can be downloaded here (link opens in a new tab).
Install v7.1 C-RoM Custom ROM on HTC One M8
- A USB cable and latest HTC USB drivers installed on PC
- Latest Custom Recovery (ClockworkMod or TWRP) with unlocked Bootloader & root access on phone
- USB Debugging mode enabled in Settings > Developer Tools
- At least 70% of remaining battery
- Full backup of phone’s internal memory including app data, contacts, messages, settings and other important data. I’d recommend you to create a system image using your recovery’s backup utility, so if anything goes wrong, you’ll easily be able to restore the stable Android firmware again.
Disclaimer: Although, this firmware/ROM has been fully tested to work seamlessly on HTC One M8, neither we nor the developers shall be held responsible for any kind of data loss or bricked/unresponsive phones at any point during or after the installation of this ROM. Proceed at your own risk!
2. Installation Procedure
In this procedure, I’ll be using v6 ClockworkMod recovery to flash this ROM. If you’re on a different recovery, just make sure you still choose the same options in the same order as mentioned in this tutorial.
- Download the aforementioned “C-RoM-KK-v7.1-20140624-m8.zip” and Gapps for this ROM on your PC.
- Connect your M8 to the PC via a USB cable as a mass storage device.
- Copy the downloaded files to the root directory of your phone’s SD card (i.e. they shouldn’t be placed inside a folder).
- Disconnect the USB cable and turn off the phone.
- Next, reboot into the Bootloader by holding Volume Down + Power buttons for at least 8-10 seconds until you see a menu. In that menu, select “Recovery” to enter the Custom Recovery.
- Once you enter the Recovery Mode, select “wipe data/factory reset” and then “wipe cache partition” to wipe out the entire internal memory.
- From the main menu, navigate to advanced > wipe dalvik cache. This will clear all the data saved for pre-existing apps. This step is actually very important if you don’t want get yourself stuck in bootloops.
- Finally, go back to the main menu, select “install zip from SD card” and choose “C-RoM-KK-v7.1-20140624-m8.zip” file to initiate the upgrade process. It can take up to 5 minutes.
- [Optional] Now flash Android 4.4.4 KitKat Gapps by choosing “pa_gapps-stock-4.4.4-20140708-signed.zip” file after selecting “choose zip from SD card” option. Wait for a few minutes until they get flashed.
- Upon completion, reboot your phone normally. The first reboot will take about 5-6 minutes to finalise the installation.
So, like the new ROM? I bet you do. If you encounter any issues with the upgrade process, do let us know in the comments section below.
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