Finally, a custom ROM firmware has been made available for the HTC Droid DNA; as you know due to the handset locked bootloader the third party devs were having hard times in providing a suitable OS improvement, but now, thanks to those of xda-developers, you can easily update your DNA with the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean based CODIS software. This step by step guide will take you through the update operation, so you should read all the following lines if you want to safely install the CODIS ROM on your HTC Droid DNA handset.
But it should be clear that this is not an OS provided by HTC for your DNA, so this tutorial has nothing to do with the mentioned company. Because of that you have to apply a manual installation procedure that will require your attention.
The CODIS ROM will install a custom version of the Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 software on your HTC Droid DNA; also the Sense 4+ UI will be flashed on your phone. The firmware is also deodexed and comes with a rooted kernel. Furthermore, features like Beats Audio, Google Apps, Aroma installer and advanced power menu will be added to your DNA, not to mention that you will be able to enjoy the option of going Sense-less or you can mix and match the features that you want via AROMA Installer. All these and more (check the rest of the capabilities on our source page by using the link from here) are being included in the CODIS system, so if you like it, just give it a try.
In order to test the Jelly Bean powered CODIS ROM on your Droid DNA, you will first have to apply the preparation tasks. Without completing the same you will notice that the software will not work for your smartphone and also you can damage the internal system of your phone. Anyway, before going any further you should know that once you start to perform the below list, the warranty will get void. That’s why you must pay attention in what you do and always stick to the guide, don’t apply something by yourselves.
Root your Droid DNA OS and unlock its bootloader. The root operation will remove the factory restrictions meaning that you will have access to the internal system and finally leading to our purpose: you will be able to flash a custom ROM firmware.
Now, the warranty will get void; if you want to restore the same all you have to do is to downgrade to the stock ROM or to update with an official software released by HTC and suitable with your Droid DNA.
Installing the CODIS software will wipe the data which is being saved on your handset. That’s why you should backup your personal info and saves. In order to ease your work you can use our backup and restore guides (use our how to section for finding the guides you need). Also, it is recommended to make a Nandroid backup.
A windows powered computer or notebook should be near you.
On the computer install the proper drivers for your Droid DNA.
Also, install Android Debug Bridge (ADB) on your computer, which is being featured on the Android Software Development Kit (SDK).
Uninstall the antivirus and Firewall protection that is installed on your computer or phone.
Enable the USB debugging option on your smartphone.
Check the battery stats from your handset: if the power left is less than 60% you should go and charge the battery; else you can skip this step.
Do apply this step by step guide only if you want to update the HTC Droid DNA with the CODIS Jelly Bean 4.1.1 custom ROM firmware; the software will not work for a similar device.
How to Update HTC Droid DNA with CODIS Jelly Bean 4.1.1 Custom ROM firmware
Use the link from here and download the update file on your computer.
Extract the “boot.img” file from the update package.
Now, connect the handset with the computer by using its USB cord.
On the computer go to “Start -> run -> cmd” and open a command prompt window.
On the same enter the command “adb devices”.
Now the serial number of your DNA should be displayed.
On the same cmd window type “adb reboot bootloader”.
Your device will be rebooted into bootloader mode.
From bootloader select “fastboot” and enter the same.
On the cmd window navigate (use cd commands) through the path where you have extracted the boot.img file.
Then type “fastboot flash boot boot.img”.
Now, use your phone and return to the bootloader menu; from there this time select “recovery”.
By using the recovery menu select “wipe data factory reset”, “wipe cache partition” and “wipe Dalvik Cache”.
Then, return to recovery by selecting “+++go back+++”.
And choose “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
You can now select the update file and install the same.
Also, use the Aroma installer for selecting the features you want to add.
In the end just reboot your HTC Droid DNA and you are done.
Be aware because the first boot will take longer than usual; don’t press anything just let your phone to do its job. Also, don’t panic as there is nothing wrong with your device.
As a final note, if you don’t like this software, you can choose to restore the stock one (if you had made a Nandroid backup) by using the recovery menu once more.
Congratulation, you have finally ended the tutorial. Your HTC Droid DNA has been successfully updated with the CODIS Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean custom ROM firmware. This is the first version of the OS, so test the same in order to see if everything is working as expected. If there are bugs share the same with us by using the comments area from below. According to those who had already tried the system there are no reported issues, so there shouldn’t be any problems.