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Install Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on HTC Incredible S via CyanogenMod 11

The users were not ready to believe when Google claimed that the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat version will run smoothly on devices having 512 MB of RAM and they were waiting for the proof. Now, it has been proved by XDA Senior Member “szezso”, who has ported unofficial Android 4.4 Kitkat version of CyanogenMod 11 to HTC Incredible S. The ROM named VivoKat will give a new life to your Incredible S.

The HTC Incredible S smartphone was released in early 2011 having official Android 2.2 Froyo. The device has 512 MB RAM and 1 GHz Scorpion CPU with Adreno 205 GPU, as well as the device is upgradable to v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

So, users who are ready for hands-on on the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat on HTC Incredible S can follow the below simple tutorial to get installed it on the device. Today, in this post, we will give step wise procedure on how to update CyanogenMod 11 on HTC Incredible S. As usual, to be on a safe side, you need to take a complete backup of your current ROM and store it on a PC or on an extra external SD card. Let go now!

Note: As this is the first custom build, you might face some bugs. However, the developer is trying to solve all the bugs as soon as possible. So, follow at your own risk!

Things to Remember

  • Check that your device possesses charging up to 80%, if not then charge up to that level.
  • Make sure that you have already enabled the USB Debugging.
  • The device bootloader must be unlocked and custom Recovery installed.
  • You have to be S-OFFed the device.

Files To Be Downloaded

Android SDK – Extract and Install it on your Computer
HTC Incredible USB Drivers – Install it on your Computer
ROM & GApps – Download and place both the files in your device internal/external memory.

Steps to Update Android 4.4 KitKat ROM on HTC Incredible S via CyanogenMod 11

Step 1: Turn off your device and go to the recovery mode by press and hold “Volume down + Power Key”  key combinations, it will boot into Hboot menu. From there, choose “Recovery” to boot into recovery mode.
Step 2: In the recovery mode, “Format the data/Wipe Data” and clean “Cache Partition” to delete the current system data.
Step 3: Now, choose “install zip from SD card” option > select the downloaded ROM file > give “Yes” > update process will start.
Step 4: Once again, follow the “Step 3” and this time choose “GApps” file to flash instead of ROM file.
Step 5: As all the processes are completed, go back the recovery main menu and choose “reboot now”.

Note: If you get an error while flashing the ROM, then don’t hesitate, just manually flash “boot.img” after the ROM using the command “fastboot flash boot boot.img“.

Finally, you are on the Android 4.4 Kitkat, so what are you waiting for? Go and start exploring what the new features are incurred in it. Don’t forget to share your views with us.


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