CyanogenMod Nexus 4

July 4, 2014

Cyanogenmod Nexus 4

For the first time on the Nexus 4, I’ve installed a Custom ROM, and to date this was my largest fail yet.

I didn’t brick the device, although the password for the encryption I’d set up was continually rejected 🙁

I had to wipe the device completely, to remove drive encryption, and start Cyanogen 10.2.1, the last stable build based on Android 4.3.1, which is apparently more secure than later builds.

I made a complete backup of the device, then used Titanium Backup for apps and system data. For the first time I had the foresight to backup my contacts, I usually go dark after a ROM upgrade, plus the Bitcoin wallet I use on my phone.

All of the requested apps were restored with ease; except for PayPal? I left out everything Google, setup and added XPrivacy, AFWall+, Orbit, and OpenVpn, with no issues.

Email goes through K9, including GMail accounts that I need to keep.

What’s missing?

  • Swype text entry, although there’s a trail when I drag my finger, it doesn’t seem to record the words? Sure I can find another app to help
  • Volume for ringtones and alerts, but who uses their phone for calls 😉
  • WiFi and Bluetooth; I read this is a known issue for people loading this ROM from KitKat. Solution is to install OFW 4.3, and then back to this Cyanogenmod build.
  • Hangouts for PM’s
  • Office for docs
  • Keep for notes

I see an Android weekend ahead, and I could still end up on stock 4.4.4 😉 Posted from working WordPress app!

3 People reacted on this

  1. I’ve apps for missing GAPPS 🙂

    • Hangouts for PM’s – now using ChatSecure, stoked that others will use it
    • Office for docs – Kingsoft Office, I’ve used it before, not my favourite, but free and does what I need
    • Keep for notes – MyOwnNotes, links to OwnCloud, not as easy on the eyes or functional as Keep, but it means I’m managing the data and not Google 🙂

    Oh, and RMaps to replace Google Maps!

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