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How to Install Motorola Blur UI Android 4.2.1 on Nexus 4 Custom Firmware

Motorola Blur UI Android 4.2.1 custom ROM is now available for the Nexus 4. This cool custom firmware for the Nexus 4 is based on Android 4.2.1, but is themed to look like Motorola Blur UI. Not just theme, several components are also included (and ported) from the actual Motorola ROM to the Nexus 4. The dev has done several such UI ports to various devices and has done the same for the Nexus 4 as well now. If your Nexus 4 is rooted, we recommend you do try out this custom ROM that brings the Motorola UI to your phone. You can update Nexus 4 to Motorola Blur UI Android 4.2.1 custom firmware from the tutorial below. Your Nexus 4 should be already rooted and ClockworkMod recovery should be installed.

As you read further, we will guide you how to backup Android apps and other personal data, some other important tips and then tell you how to install Motorola Blur UI Android 4.2.1 custom ROM on Nexus 4 with complete steps and instructions. Don’t forget to backup your phone as you will have to wipe all your data during the installation process. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.

Motorola Blur UI Android 4.2.1

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Motorola Blur UI Android 4.2.1 ROM Details:

Here are the features offered by this ROM:

  • ROM Specification
  • Android 4.2.1
  • Rooted with SU
  • Deodexed
  • Motorola UI
  • System theming
  • Motorola Applications (Not all)

Here is a quick note by the developer:

Here is my first ROM for the Nexus 4. I did not know what to do so I made a manufacturer based ROM. In this case is is the Motorola Blur User Interface. I have done many manufacturer based/port ROM’s before so I did what I liked and shared it with the community. This ROM is 100% usable as it has the base of the stock Google Android 4.2.1 ROM but not all of the theming from the MotoBlur UI is there. This is becuase of two reasons; Im a one man band so I have to put in all the PNG’s myself and that takes time & No.2 is that I was being stupid and named the icons differently not the name found in framework res or so where ever it else it was from.

You might also want to read the following:

LG Nexus 4 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for LG Nexus 4 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download LG Nexus 4 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend not to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

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All set and ready? Good. You can now go to the next page and update Nexus 4 with Motorola Blur UI Android 4.2.1 custom ROM.