HTC Explorer was not updated after Android 2.3.6, but the developers community has kept the phone alive with latest Android updates. We have just come across an Android 4.0.4 ICS custom ROM, based on the AOKP sources and uses the entire XPERIA theme from Sony Android phones. You can update HTC Explorer to Android 4.0.4 Xperia AOKP ICS custom ROM using the tutorial below. However, you will need ClockworkMod recovery installed on your phone to install this firmware.

As you continue reading below, we will guide you through the entire process of how to install Android 4.0.4 Xperia AOKP ICS custom firmware on HTC Explorer with complete step-by-step instructions. We also have tips to backup your phone and also some important tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding to the tutorial on the next page. Please make sure you backup your data as given below because you never know when something might go wrong with the phone. Let’s continue 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 ( 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 😉

Android 4.0.4 Xperia AOKP ICS ROM Details:

This ROM comes with tons of awesome features. They are:

  • Audio Tweaks
  • xLoud Engine Service
  • Bravia Engine Service
  • Optimizations
  • Disable Kernel Error Checking
  • Disable HTC checkin service
  • PowerSaver Tweaks
  • System Tweaks
  • Graphics Enhancement
  • Dialing Tweaks
  • DalvikVM
  • Performance
  • Tweaks for battery saving
  • Faster Scrolling
  • Ui Tweaks
  • Enable GPU Acceleration

A few features in this Android 4.0.4 Xperia AOKP ICS custom ROM does not work. Here is the list:

  • USB Tethering
  • SEMC Album

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:

Download HTC Explorer 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:

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.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update your HTC Explorer to Android 4.0.4 Xperia AOKP ICS custom ROM.

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