9 April 2014

How To Install Android 4.4 Kit Kat by CyanogenMod 11 ROM in Micromax A116 Canvas HD

How To Install Android 4.4 Kit Kat by CyanogenMod 11 ROM in Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Micromax A116 has best development in all Micromax devices. This device has got updates, many custom ROMs like Note 3 ROM, S4 ROM, ColorOS, MiUi ROM, LeWa OS, Lenovo ROM and other UIs. But this time this is an awesome news.
Are you just flashing ROMs of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean? Oh, so poor. What if I told you that there is now Kit Kat available for Micromax A116? However the built is not official and thus has many bugs.
MediaTek sources are really messy, I don't know how MediaTek even managed to boot their devices and that is the reason why many MediaTek devices don't have CyanogenMod or any upgrades. Getting 4.2 over 4.1 is very easy. Binary port works, but when you need to port Kit Kat ROM to a Jelly Bean (4.1/4.2) device then you need to add APIs and some tweaks to the kernel (zImage) to make the ROM boot. Kit Kat has many changes like better and fast applications runtime, thanks to ART for this. ART improves battery backup, makes application run faster and there are many other features too like Screen Video Recording. Till now you just captured screenshots, but with the Kit Kat update, you can now even record video of your screen. I use it sometime to post videos on my YouTube channel.
The sad news is that the ROM is currently unstable. Very few things work like SIM card (only first one), Audio (all like System notification, songs, mike etc.), all sensors and WiFi. Rest things are not working like Camera, GPS, Bluetooth, FM Radio etc.
This is not an official built by CyanogenMod Team so it has bugs, else it would have no bugs and was stable. The ROM is ported from another Android phone which is another MediaTek MT6589 and porting from MediaTek (same chip) to MediaTek (same chip) is easy.
There is a special kernel to boot this ROM. The ROM was not booting until the developer compiled his own kernel to boot the ROM.
I am now getting into developer things. Let me simply lay down that is working and what's not.

Working

  • Games like Flappy Birds, Hill Climb racing etc.
  • Touch.
  • WiFi
  • SD Card
  • SIM Card (only SIM one works)
  • Audio, notifications and all system sounds.
  • CyanogenMod features like Themes and all.
Not working
  • Camera
  • Bluetooth
  • FM Radio
  • SIM card (2nd one)
  • and other things which are not listed in Working.
Thanks to Kash for building custom kernel and this ROM and Xplodwid, Dr-Shadow and dhacker29 for building the ROM and contributing help to the developer. Please don't forget the main person who compiled the first CyanogenMod ROM for MediaTek device chrmhoffmann@XDA!

This is a fantastic work, and I didn't even thought that Micromax A116 Canvas HD will even get Kit Kat update.

Downloads
  • CyanogenMod 11 (Kit Kat) for Micromax A116 Canvas HD: Click HERE.
  • Google Applications (GApps): Click HERE.
How To Install Android 4.4 Kit Kat in Micromax A116 Canvas HD/How To install CyanogenMod (CM) 11 ROM in Micromax a116 Canvas HD

  • Download the ROM from your computer and push it to your mobile phone.
  • Push Google Apps to your SD Card too! [Optional].
  • Reboot your device to ClockWorkMod Recovery (or any other recovery).
  • Select Backup and Restore.
  • Select Backup to make backup of your current ROM.
  • Select Wipe userdata/factory reset option to wipe your data.
  • Go to Mounts and partitions from the CWM and select format /system to format your system partition.
  • Select install a zip from sdcard and then select select from sdcard. Now move to the ROM and select it.
  • Install it by selecting ---- Yes option from the CWM.
  • After it installs, install Gapps by the same method [Optional].
  • Select Reboot system now.
You will be now seeing CyanogenMod boot animation and soon you will see Android 4.4 Kit Kat by CM 11 ROM in your Micromax A116 Canvas HD. Leave comments below and the original thread is here.
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