How to install Android Kitkat 4.4.4. via Cyanogenmod 11 on Motorola Defy+

Hello guys and welcome to a new tutorial on the most famous (nooooot ^-^) Kaigara Online website.

After completing this tutorial, you will have a rooted Motorola Defy Plus device with the latest Android Kitkat version via Cyanogenmod 11 (CM11).

I have a Motorola Defy Plus device and if yours is Motorola Defy, please read all the links carefully before doing any operation.

The tutorial will go to all steps from stock ROM, to rooting, to installing Custom Recovery, to flashing Cyanogenmod. If you find yourself in an intermediate state, please follow the tutorial from that point forward.

Here is what i did:

  1. Follow PART 1 of this guide. (Now you have a rooted Motorola Defy Plus)
  2. Follow PART 2 of the same guide, BUT, on step 3 use the latest ROM from here and corresponding Gapps. (Now you have Custom Recovery installed and Android JellyBean 4.3 via CM10.2)
  3. Download and put this file on the root of the sdcard. This will update the Recovery with TWRP recovery, a touch friendly recovery or a CWM recovery on steroids.
  4. Read the official thread on xda by the great Quarx and read about eventual problems related to Kitkat on Defy. (If you succesfuly install CM10.2 on your device, you will not have any problems…i didn’t. ^-^).
  5. Download the CM11 Kitkat ROM from here and put the zip on the root of the sdcard. (I used the latest one cm-11-20141017-NIGHTLY-mb52x.zip).
  6. Download the GAPPS from here and put the zip on the root of the sdcard.
  7. For CM after 01 october 2014 you will need sdcard and ~30mb free space. Quarx explained that in the Kitkat thread on point 4 but i will go in a little more detail.
  8. Download defy.zip or bravo.zip (depend on your phone) from http://quarx2k.ru/index2.php?dir=oth…map3_bootstrap (NOTE: unzip defy.7z and put the new_bootstrap.zip and resize.zip on the root of the sdcard).
  9. Now you should have on the root of the sdcard the following files:  cm-11-20141017-NIGHTLY-mb52x.zip, gapps (whatever you downloaded), new_bootstrap.zip, resize.zip.
  10. Boot into TWRP (at boot, when the led turns blue, press the volume down button > press Recovery > TWRP).
  11. Install new_bootstrap.zip. (DON”T do any wipe till i say so!!!)
  12. Reboot
  13. Boot again into TWRP and install resize.zip.
  14. Reboot
  15. Install cm-11-20141017-NIGHTLY-mb52x.zip
  16. Install gapps
  17. Now is the first time you should Wipe cache/dalvik
  18. Reboot into oblivion Mmuuuwwaaaahhaaaaaaaa!!!

DONATE to Framaroot, Clockwork Recovery, TWRP, Cyanogenmod, Quarx (Paypal donations on the first page).

If you choose to DONATE TO THIS WEBSITE, I will donate myself to the project above! ^-^.

Have fun!!! ^-^

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Tested stable custom ROMS

Motorola Defy+:

WIUI: fast and elegant.

CM11

CM10

– CM10.2 (follow this guide but with the latest ROM from here and corresponding Gapps)

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S:

Cyanfox: excellent RAM management.

UltraKat

HTC Sensation:

None. 🙂 Rooted stock rom with bloatware and unsupported apps removed works great.

How to root and install Cyanogenmod 10 (Jelly Bean) – Motorola Defy Plus (MB526) with bootloader7 (ver.9.1)

This guide will show you my way to root and install Cyanogenmod 10 (Jelly Bean) on a Motorola Defy Plus (MB526) with Bootloader 7 (version 9.1). The guide has 2 parts, rooting the device and installing the custom ROM.

DISCLAIMER: I and all developers of those tools will not be held responsible for any damage you will do to your device and i strongly advise you to read all the internet regarding this, and decide if you will go or not this way. Rooting WILL VOID THE WARRANTY of your device. So DO IT ON YOUR OWN RISK!!!

NOTE 1: ROMs newer than CM10 will not work unless you have Clockworkmod 6 and up and this guide is not for that!!! No need for details so trust me on that one! ^-^

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The device (Motorola Defy+ MB526) stock stats:

System version: 45.0.2310.MB526.AsiaRetail.en.03

Android version: 2.3.6

Kernel version: 2.3.32.9-ge281b6e hudsoncm@il93lnxdroid54#1

Build number: 4.5.1.134_DFP-231

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PART 1 – ROOTING:

  1. On your device go to Settings>Applications>Development>Enable USB Debugging;
  2. On your device go to Settings>Applications> Enable Unknown sources;
  3. Download FRAMAROOT to your phone directly and install the apk;
  4. Open FRAMAROOT and just tap Ghimli;
  5. Your Defy+ is rooted!

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Now you can install Hiuninstaller and uninstall the system apps (bloatware) you don’t want.

At this point, you can stay pretty happy with the cleaned stock ROM and stop here, but hey, we don’t want that don’t we, we’re hacking and here we go to part 2.

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PART 2 – Flashing Cyanogenmod 10:

  1. Download and install on your phone 2nd init – ver.2.3; This version has the Clockworkmod 5.x version (now you understand the NOTE 1 at the beginning of the post);
  2. Open 2ndinit and press Install bootmenu – the red text will become green after successful install;
  3. Download and put on the root of you SD card Quarx CM10 mod and GoogleApps ; NOTE 2: Here i made some mistakes and downloaded the latest CM10 mod (around july-sep 2012) and the GoogleApps (august 2013) and things went pretty bad: nu keyboard, no network, nu USB recognition. What i did was to flash a prior CM10 version and Google Apps around the date of the CM10 ROM. The links on step 3 are the ones that are as much as posibble new and are working together!
  4. Power Off your phone (when you Power On, be prepared when the phone LED turns Blue);
  5. Power On the device and the LED turns Blue, press the Volume Down button;
  6. Navigate through the menu with the Volume buttons and accept with the Power button and use the Back or Go Back links to go back up one level of the menu;
  7. Go to Recovery, create a nandroid backup of your current ROM, if things will go bad you will restore your old ROM. So go to “Backup and Restore”, and then select “Backup” again, backup all;
  8. Select the wipe data/factory reset;
  9. Select wipe cache;
  10. From the main menu, select Advance and wipe Delvik cache;
  11. Select “Install Zip from SD Card” > “Choose Zip from SD Card” and select the ROM zip file you put on the root of your SD card;
  12. Wait! ^-^
  13. Repeat step 11 to install the Google Apps package also on the root of your SD card;
  14. Go Back and select “Reboot System Now.”
  15. Waaaaaaaaiiit!!! The first boot will take tones of time to load so be patient O.o; If you think you are waiting way to long: take off the battery, put it back, go in Recovery (when the LED goes Blue, press the Down Volume button) and do steps 8, 9, 10, after that Reboot.

New device stats:

Android version: 4.1.1

Enjoy JellyBean! ^-^

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If you choose to DONATE TO THIS WEBSITE, I will donate myself to Framaroot and Cyanogen! ^-^

How to bypass Motoblur on Motorola Defy Plus

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motorola (Photo credit: Adam from another planet…)

I always wanted to do a review of a device and being a proud new owner of a Motorola Defy+, gods have smiled upon me.

But! … you have to wait for a while and here is why:

People have mixed feelings about Motoblur, a system designed to hold in that Motoblur account all the phone contacts, e-mail accounts, messages, streams from social networks etc., lots of people didn’t want to have all personal data in one place without the option to limit that “backup”. I am one of them.

When you first power up a Motorola device with Motoblur, you are asked to make a Motoblur account and the obvious question is “How to bypass Motoblur?”. You have tones of responses on the internet, many of them going way too far like rooting your phone, installing a custom ROM, gaining access to Pentagon after setting up 3 computers from NASA and NORAD as proxy servers.

Many of the answers online are for permanently disable/remove Motoblur because simply bypassing the creation of a Motoblur account will left some processes running in background.

My simple tutorial on simply bypassing the creation of a Motoblur account:

  1. power up your phone;
  2. if it asks you for SIM card activation/PIN code, insert it;
  3. at the Motoblur account screen, press the Menu button (the first button from the left, that with the 4 boxes, 1 white and 3 black);
  4. if you don’t see a Skip button, choose More and then press Skip;
  5. you’re done!

What you will miss:

  • All your contacts, e-mail accounts, social network streams, messages synced in one place. Some Motorola made widgets won’t have data to show on the screen.
  • Operating system updates can’t be made without a Motoblur account. First, some say that if you’ll wait for Motorola to update the Android version, you’re life will pass by blazing fast. Second, you can always root your phone and install a custom ROM.

What you still can do:

  • Manage your e-mail accounts;
  • Use social network apps to stay in touch with your friends;
  • Sync your data with any service you like;
  • Enjoy a plain default Android experience.

Don’t get me wrong, lots of people love this all in one sync stuff and Motoblur is in fact the key selling point on a Motorola device so if it’s ok for you, you will have a full Motorola+Android experience.

I’m on Android

– Hello, i am Kaigara and i’m on Android.

– Hello Kaigara!

I’ve made the switch, i put to sleep my old and wonderful Nokia E51 and bought a Motorola Defy Plus. I know…i know.. he who is without sin, to throw the stone first.

After months of comparing, testing, reading blogs and websites, talking to people i finally decided to go with an Android smartphone over other smartphones like Symbian (yes, even if it’s dead), iOS, Windows Phone.

What were the key buying points:

  • i am a linux user and i wanted a similar open environment (so iOS and WP are down);
  • i wanted a rugged smartphone to take on cycling trips, with enough screen space but with good battery life (Motorola Defy Plus wins over Samsung Galaxy Xcover and Sony Ericsson Xperia Active);
  • a good price/quality ratio (i think).

What i don’t like in Google’s services and products is that they gather every data from your device/service, this being a really big no no for me, but i think, hey, if someone, anyone will really want  to track me and know every step i make, they will know. Anyways, if you plan to bomb something, you don’t post your progress on Twitter or gather Likes on Facebook.

I really don’t care how many apps are on the Store, i’m not an avid user of social networks and i don’t care how much integrated are those services or any other services with the phone system.

There are many online debates, pros and cons, fights about how that OS is better then he others, how a smartphone maker have the best product, about the killer app, the iPhone killer which i really think it’s all rubbish (the majority of stuff on the internet is rubbish but that is another story).

To put it simple, a smartphone is good, is friendly and useful, just like a mini computer that can handle small and frequent tasks that otherwise requires a computer or laptop.