You can now upgrade your Motorola Droid 3 to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. However, it won’t be possible with stock firmware but with the help of custom ROM. The custom ROM we talking about is CM10.1 nightly. CyanogenMod team rolled out CM10.1 nightly for Motorola Droid 3. The latest nightly is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. You will surely like CM10.1, as it comes with so many features that your stock firmware not offering. Some key CM10.1 (aka CyanogenMod 10.1) features are theme engine, customized power option, sound control and many more. The bloatware free and battery savvy CM10.1 is a good choice. Its easy to install this CM10.1 on your Motorola Droid 3. Just install a custom recovery such as CWM recovery or TWRP recovery and then follow below guide.
This tutorial is only for Motorola Droid 3. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we (PrimeHowTo) are not responsible for any damage caused due to the instruction given in this page. Try this at your own risk. However, it is very unlikely that your device will be damaged if you follow all the instructions as it is which are mentioned in procedure.
2. Make sure your device have enough battery power (at least 50% battery power) to avoid any accidental brick. You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily.
3. You must have USB Driver Installed for Motorola Droid 3 in your PC. If you manage to access your phone data after connecting to your computer then you already have USB driver installed. [Download Driver Manually]
4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise it’s won’t be possible to transfer file between PC and Motorola Droid 3. By default its enabled, so you don’t have to worry. [General Guide]
5. Your device have Safestrap recovery Installed.
Hope, you already checked all pre-requisites. It’s time to follow the step-by-step guide on how to install Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean based CM10.1 ROM (nightly build) on Motorola Droid 3.
File Required(Download by clicking on it)
- CM10.1 Nightly For Motorola Droid 3 [Filename: cm-10.1-20140216-NIGHTLY-solana.zip]
- Google Apps [Filename: gapps-jb-20130812-signed.zip]
How to Install Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean based CM10.1 (nightly build) ROM on Motorola Droid 3
- Connect your smartphone to PC using USB cable.
- Copy downloaded files to the SD card of your smartphone. Important: Don’t extract any files.
- Disconnect USB and then turn off your smartphone.
- Now boot into Safestrap recovery. To do so, first press power button to turn device on then after the Motorola splash screen, you should see the Safestrap screen. The Safestrap screen should show Safestrap Disabled in red, Recovery at the bottom left, and Continue at the bottom right. Tap on Recovery button on the Safestrap main screen to boot into Safestrap recovery mode.
- Now it’s time to set up a ROM slot for CM10.1. To do so, tap on Boot Options and in the very next screen tap on ROM-Slot-1. Now set the data partition to a minimum of 1GB unless you planning to install tons of apps and games. The other two partitions – system and cache are default and cannot be changed. Wait for the partitions to get set up.
- Once the process completed, your ROM slot is ready. Which means it will boot from that new slot from now on. All we have to do now, install a ROM on that slot, which in our case is CM10.1.
- Press the home button to return back to the main screen. Now tap on Install and navigate and select cm-10.1-20140216-NIGHTLY-solana.zip. On the next screen, slide the button to confirm the installation.The ROM installation will begin.
- Once the ROM installation process end, repeat the step 7 but choose gapps-jb-20130812-signed.zip instead of ROM zip to install the Google apps package.
- When installation is completed, go back to the main menu and select reboot system to reboot the smartphone and boot up into customized Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean based CM10.1 ROM. The first boot will take time, so be patient!
That’s it! You just learned how to update your Motorola Droid 3 to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean custom firmware using CM10.1. Explore the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean based CM10.1 ROM. [Note: You may require a rooted device to enjoy all CyanogenMod features]