How to Update Galaxy Nexus with Finest AOKP Based ICS 4.0 Custom ROM Firmware

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone seems to be the next favorite when it comes to the Custom ROM developers after the likes of Galaxy S and Galaxy S2. On the similar lines, the latest Android’s KANG Open project seems to be the favorite of most of the Nexus users as all new modified version of ICS has been rolled out which come with hell lot of enhancements which we will be checking out in the due course of this article. This article is a respite for all those who wanted something extra from their device as after all Galaxy Nexus is one of the powerful Android smartphones.
Disclaimer: Neither we, nor developer should be held responsible for any damage happened to your device in the process of following the instructions mentioned in this article. It’s very unlikely that there will be any issues but just in case if at all there are any issues then we are committed to help you in solving the same. This firmware update should not be applied to the Galaxy Nexus CDMA as well as Galaxy Nexus LTE edition or else it may brick the device too.
Over a period of this article, we will be checking out in detail on what are the list of pre requisites you need to follow along with the tutorial on how to apply this update in your phone. Please note that this firmware which we will be checking out is not an official release from Samsung but is a custom ROM firmware developed by third party developer.
Quick Pre Requisites:
  • Important data which is listed below should be backed up from your Galaxy nexus so that just in case if any of the crucial data gets corrupted or erased, the same can be restored with the help of below mentioned steps. Don’t backup the data using the PC Suites  as PC Suite won’t detect the custom firmwares.
Text messages – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Phone Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Pictures, Music, Videos, Files etc.– Copy to internal / External SD Card,
Internet & MMS Settings – Backup all the settings from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names
  • Charge left in your Galaxy Nexus should be a minimum of 60% so that your phone doesn’t give up in the middle of firmware update.
  • Enable the USB debugging in your Samsung Galaxy S2 GT I9100 phone from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”. The USB Debugging option should be ticked.
  • Turn Off all the antivirus as well as Firewall tools in your computer as these tools tend to interrupt the process of firmware update.
  • Last but not the least, this firmware should only be applied on the Galaxy Nexus GSM Version which is Rooted. This firmware can’t be applied on the non rooted phones.  Procedure to update ICS AOKP Build ICS 4.0 in Galaxy Nexus:
    • Before proceeding, you first need to Download the ICS Android 4.0.3 Firmware and Google Apps Package from here to your computer and once it’s done you need to connect the Galaxy Nexus phone to the computer using the original USB cable which you got at the time of purchase.
    • Now, turn Off your Galaxy Nexus to boot it into the recovery mode. The recovery mode in your Nexus can be entered by Pressing Volume Up + Volume Down and holding both these buttons, you need to press the Power button to start the device in the recovery mode.
    • Once the device boots in the recovery mode, you need to select “install zip from sd card” > “choose zip from sd card” and then choose the ICS Android 4.0 Firmware Zip file which is placed in the phone and once it’s done, you need to select the Google Apps Zip file too.
    recovery mode
    • It should take round about 5 – 10 minutes of time for applying this update and once its updated either the device will be restarted or will land up in the recovery mode.  If the device lands up in the recovery mode, select “Wipe data/factory reset” & “Wipe Cache partition” so that this will clear the cache after which select “++++ Go Back ++++” and select “reboot system now” which will restart the Galaxy Nexus in the updated firmware.
    Note: In an unfortunate event if the process is interrupted then you will have to repeat the whole procedure from the start so as to again successfully update the phone.
    So congratulations you have now successfully applied the firmware of customized ICS Android 4.0 firmware in your phone. Do let us know in the comments section just in case if you face any issues as we will try our level best to sort out the same.
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