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Update HTC Explorer to Android 5.0 CM12 Lollipop Alpha Custom ROM

An unofficial port of CyanogenMod 12 – CM12 ROM with Android 5.0 Lollipop is now available for the HTC Explorer. This build gives you the Lollipop experience right on your phone with almost everything working. It also includes Sweep2Wake feature as well that has been taken out from the Nexus 6. It also can be used as daily driver with only the camera and data connection not working in this ROM. If interested in Android 5.0 for other phones, check out our new Custom ROMs section. You can update Explorer to Android 5.0 CM12 Lollipop custom firmware using the tutorial below. This is not an official release by HTC, but just a custom ROM which would require a custom recovery like ClockworkMod in order to flash the ROM zip file on your phone. Make sure your HTC Explorer bootloader is unlocked or you won’t be able to install custom ROMs.

As you continue reading, we will tell you how to install Android 5.0 CM12 Lollipop custom ROM on HTC Explorer. All the step-by-step instructions are given below, and we have also given a few extra tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding. Make sure you backup all your existing data in the phone before proceeding as this tutorial will wipe out all your internal storage data. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s get to 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 5.0 CM12 Lollipop ROM Details:

This amazing CM12 custom ROM comes with tons of new features and is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. A quick list of the main features in CM12 is given below and we are sure you’d love to use this on your Explorer:

  • No Maps 7 glitches, Browser glitches, Gmail glitches, etc.
  • Uses ION memory allocator
  • Uses the newest Adreno (graphics) libraries and firmware available for our platform (these graphics libraries are newer than the graphics libraries in any other ROM)
  • Significantly smoother/faster graphics as a result of the new graphics libraries
  • Removed many hacks designed for old graphics
  • CAF KitKat 2.7 branch Adreno blobs

A list of things working in this ROM:

  • RIL
  • Display
  • Stock browser
  • WiFi
  • WiFi tethering
  • Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth tethering
  • SDcard
  • GPS
  • Audio playback
  • Sensors of All type

And here is what does not work:

  • Data Connection 2g/3g
  • Camera (photos, camcorder & panorama)

NOTE: You need to have around 700MB of free space in sd-ext and minimum 1GB of free space in sd-data.

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on Team Android for the HTC Explorer, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:

Like this CM12 ROM based on the latest Android 5.0? We love it too and we know you are looking forward to install it on your phone now. Now please read below for important tips on how to make sure your installation goes smooth and you do not end up with any problems.

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 Explorer.

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 Explorer to Android 5.0 CM12 Lollipop custom firmware.

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Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.

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