Update Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c To Android 4.4.1 KitKat via CM11 Nightly–How To

As expected Android 4.4.1 KitKat based CM11 nightly (official) build now available for download. You can download and install custom firmware CM11 on your Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c. After the launch of Nexus 5, nearly all device owners with good hardware spec willing to upgrade their devices to Android 4.4.1 KitKat. However fact is, in most cases either you won’t get it right now or will not see it ever. The CyanogenMod team known for offering latest Android version to your device where possible. Since, Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c is capable enough to run Android 4.4.1 KitKat, a CM11 nightly build is available now. With nightly build you will receive update daily and bugs are fixed faster as well as new feature introduced regularly. To learn how to flash this ROM, continue reading this guide to know how to install Android 4.4.1 KitKat based CM11 custom ROM on Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c.

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Some of the cool Android 4.4.1 KitKat features that you will enjoy is Screen Recording, Tap to Pay (Google Wallet for everyone), NFC emulation for non nfc devices, 14% less memory usage, cloud printing from Gallery, Google Home is the new Launcher, Core System Processes Trimmed, apps are efficient and responsive on all devices, the all new 'procstats tool details' memory use, Full-screen Immersive mode, seamless change in resolution during media playback, Phone dialer got local business detection, redesigned Quickoffice and many more.

As said already, this is a test build and you should expect some bugs in it. All bugs and issues expected to be fixed as development progress towards a better build.



This tutorial is only for Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c. Don’t try this guide on any other Android device. Also, we 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.  

Pre Requisites:

1. Backup your device data. You can follow our ultimate backup guide.

2.  Make sure your device have at least 60% battery power. You can install an app like Battery Notifier BT Free on your Android device to check it easily.

3. You already have USB Driver Installed for Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c in your PC. [Download USB Drivers]

4. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled otherwise you won’t able to transfer file between PC and Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c. [Guide].

5. Your device have TWRP recovery Installed. [Guide]

If you done everything that we mentioned above then you are ready to follow step-by-step guide on how to install Android 4.4.1 KitKat based CM11 ROM on Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c.

File Required(Download by clicking on it)

  1. CM11 For Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c  [Filename: cm-11-20131209-NIGHTLY-xt897c.zip]
  2. Google Apps [Filename: gapps-kk-20131119.zip]

How to Install Android 4.4.1 KitKat based CM11 ROM on Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c

  1. Connect your device to PC using USB cable and then copy downloaded files to the SD card of your device. Important: Don’t extract any files.
  2. Disconnect USB and then turn off your LG G2 D802.
  3. Now, Boot into recovery mode. To do so, press and hold Volume down & Power. In recovery use Volume Keys to navigate between option and Power to select an option. Alternatively try this: Recovery Mode without Key Combination.
  4. Create a Backup using TWRP Backup Option.
  5. Perform a Factory Reset (this will delete all apps and their settings and game progress). To do this, Tap on Wipe, then at the bottom of the screen do a Swipe on the ‘Swipe to factory reset‘ option.
  6. Now its time to add zip file for flashing. Tap on Install, then browse to the location where you saved the files and tap on the CM11 Zip file. Then tap on Add More Zips, and add gapps-kk-20131119.zip. Now at the bottom of the screen, do a swipe on the Swipe to confirm flash option to begin flashing.
  7. When installation is completed, go back to the main recovery menu and tap on Reboot and then, tap on System to reboot your LG G2 D802 and boot up into Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM CM11.
  8. Returning to Previous ROM: To go back to your previous ROM, boot into recovery, select Backup then through Restore option, restore your previous ROM by selecting it from the list.

Congrats! Android 4.4.1 KitKat firmware based custom ROM CM11 is now installed and running on your Motorola Photon Q (CDMA) XT897c.