Update HTC Explorer to Android 4.1.2 AOKP Jelly Bean Custom ROM
You can now install Android 4.1.2 AOKP Jelly Bean custom ROM on the HTC Explorer. It is a very stable ROM with tons and tons of features in it. This custom firmware is now available for download and soon below, we will take you through the process of how to install it. Not an official AOKP build for the HTC Explorer, but a developer has been kind enough to bring this ROM for you. You can easily update HTC Explorer with Android 4.1.2 AOKP Jelly Bean ROM using the tutorial below. ClockworkMod recovery is required.
As you continue reading below, we will guide you through the process of how to install Android 4.1.2 AOKP Jelly Bean on HTC Explorer. We have given all the tips to backup your Android phone data and also a few more important tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. HTC Explorer could give you some issues with the internal memory and other apps. Please make sure to backup all your personal data and apps as this tutorial will wipe your internal storage. Let’s get on with the tutorial now.
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 (TeamAndroid.com) 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
UPDATE: MIUI Android 4.1.2 custom ROM is also available for the HTC Explorer. Read the tutorial here!
Android 4.1.2 AOKP Jelly Bean ROM Features:
Here is a list of features that Android 4.1.2 AOKP ROM for the HTC Explorer will bring with itself:
- Android 4.1.2
- Superuser & Busybox preinstalled
- 180 Degree rotation
- Built in performance/init.d configuration
- Custom Power Menu
- Brightness slider in navigation bar.
- Custom color for anything in RC
- Custom Clock Color/Location: Right, Center, Disable
- Battery Icon/ Color Picker: CircleMod, Bar, Text Only, Icon Only, Icon+Text or None Battery Bar in Status Bar or Nav Bar, Bar Thickness,Charging animation
- Nav Bar Transparency
- Nav Bar Button Reorder: Back-Home-Search-Menu
- Nav Bar Color Picker
- Nav Bar Button Glow Duration: Off, Fast, Slow
- Nav Bar: Long press to Search button
- Nav Bar Hide on Lockscreen
- Toggles in Pull Down Menu: Auto rotate, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, Airplane mode, Vibrate, Silent, Sync, Data, 4G, Tethering, Torch, Brightness
- ‘Traditional’ toggle layout (where the toggle are on the very top) — find in RC > Statusbar General > Layout
- LCD Density (Careful with this)
- Menu Button location: Right, Left, both, Remove
- Menu Button Visability: Always show, Always show Invisible Icons
- Lockscreen Style: Stock, Quad, Octo, ol’ gingerbread
- Lockscreen Wallpaper
- Lockscreen color changer
- Lockscreen calendar
- Lockscreen SMS customizable shortcut (with icons)
- Lockscreen Horizontal Option
- Performance Menu: (Use With Caution) Max/ Min CPU, Scaling Governor
- Unlock Sceen with Legacy Menu Icon
- Volume Key to Wake Screen
- Volume Key to Skip Tracks
- Long-press back button to kill process
- Disable CRT off animation
- ICS ringtones/notification sounds
- Customize carrier text to whatever.
- Power Menu options: Boot to recovery/ Boot loader, Reboot, Screenshot
- Facebook contact sync integration (must wipe to get this)
- Disable Boot animation
- Keyboard: Volume keys act as a cursor while typing — disable in keyboard options
- Long press home for recent apps (thanks brucekey)
- Weatherpanel in notification drawer
- Weather on lockscreen
HTC Explorer 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 HTC Explorer properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:
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:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.
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 proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update HTC Explorer to Android 4.1.2 AOKP Jelly Bean custom firmware.