How To Download And Install ICS MUI Custom ROM On LG Optimus 2X


28.12.2011

How To Download And Install ICS MUI Custom ROM On LG Optimus 2X

LG Optimus 2X is the world’s first dual-core smartphone and many have decided to go ahead and buy one for themselves. Later then, even though Optimus 2X is a high-end terminal, it was over-passed in terms of specifications by newer phones, using better technology.

But this is not the biggest problem of LG Optimus 2X. Right after Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was announced by Google a few months ago at an event in Hong Kong, it looked like LG won’t release the software update for their high end line-up.

While Samsung and Motorola were announcing more and more devices that will receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the second quarter of 2012, it was quiet in LG’s yard. When all other Android smartphone manufacturers were trying to please their customers announcing the devices that will be updated to Android 4.0, the South Korea-based company announced that they will offer Android 2.3 Gingerbread update. Yes, you heard it right, until a month ago most of the LG Android-powered smartphones were running on Android 2.2 Froyo.

Later, LG finally announced that their Optmius Android-powered line-up will be receiving Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, sometime in the second quarter of 2012. Anyway if you don’t want to wait a few more months, you can anytime install a custom ROM that will bring the Ice Cream Sandwich experience closer to you.

LG Optimus 2X features a 4.0-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colors and a screen resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, multitouch and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Optimus 2X also sports 8GB of internal flash storage, which you can expand with up to 32GB thanks to the microSD card slot, 512MB of RAM, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1, microUSB v2.0, all these powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H CPU.

As you probably guessed, LG Optimus 2X comes with most of the features of a modern high-end smartphone like, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, and the primary 8MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus, image stabilization has support for full HD 1020p video recording at 24fps. The secondary front facing 1.3MP camera is ideal for video calls.

As I mentioned above, if you want an experience close to the real Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your LG Optimus 2x, it means it’s time to download and install ICS MUI Custom ROM on your deivce. Anyway, the below tutorial will only work on network unlocked LG Optimus 2X P990 devices that have been previously rooted.

If your device is network locked please to not proceed with the ICS MUI ROM installation procedure, as you might end up bricking your LG Optimus 2X. Because the below tutorial does not involve official firmware, you should know that your device’s warranty will void. That’s why Mobile-Review.ws should not be held responsible in any way if you damage your LG Optimus 2X by following the below tutorial.

The ICS MUI Custom ROM is not based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich’s platform, but it uses Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread as starting point, with an especially-build user interface that is very similar to the one of Android ICS.

I mentioned above about the risks involved by flashing ICS MUI Custom ROM into your LG Optimus 2X, but if you got scared, we have good news for you as all those risks can be reduced to a minimum by simply following a set of pre-installation rules.

Here, at Mobile-Review.ws we care about your phone’s health, thus we gathered a set of pre-installation tips that will help you safely perform the ICS MUI Custom ROM installation on your LG Optimus 2X. We recommend you to closely follow all the below instructions, otherwise you might just end up severely damaging your LG Optimus 2X:

  • The below tutorial on how to download and install ICS MUI Custom ROM on LG Optimus 2X only works for the rooted devices, thus if you don’t have root access to your smartphone you won’t be able to install the custom ROM.

  • You should also know that after installing ICS MUI Custom ROM on your LG Optimus 2X all the data stored on your device will be wiped off. That’s why we recommend you to back-up all the contacts, text messages, call logs, music and video files, pictures, and applications you installed from Android Market. You can store them on the computer or move them to the microSD card (if any installed on your device) as none of the data stored there will be affected by the below procedure.

  • We also recommend you to backup the APN settings of your device as they might also be lost. The APN settings are used to send/receive MMS and access the Internet. You can find them by going to Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names, then write them down on a sheet of paper or in a text document on your computer.

  • Next up, we recommend you to turn off your LG Optimus 2X and remove the SIM card and microSD card, in order to ensure that none of the data stored there is wiped off during the ICS MUI CUstom ROM installation procedure.

  • Also make sure that the computer you are performing the Custom ROM installation from is running on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows. You will also need administrative wrights on this computer. We also recommend you to turn off any firewall and antivirus software installed on your computer as they might block the ICS MUI Custom ROM installation procedure.

  • Keep the original USB data cable you received in the LG Optimus 2X package in handy as you will need it to transfer the ICS MUI Custom ROM on your device.

  • Make sure that the battery level of your LG Optimus 2X is above the 50% level, just to make sure that your device won’t turn of while flashing ICS MUI Custom ROM into your smartphone. ROM installation procedures eat a lot of your phone’s battery, thus, the higher the battery level, the lower the chances that your Optimus 2X will turn off in the middle of the installation procedure. Anyway, if the battery level is below 50% DO NOT proceed with the installation, but recharge your device and return after the battery is above 50%.

  • Please make sure that the device on which you are trying to install ICS MUI Custom ROM on is an LG Optimus 2X model P990. Also ensure that the phone is not network locked and that you have root access on the same. If any of the above conditions is not fulfilled, please DO NOT proceed with the flashing procedure, as you might end up transforming your Optimus 2X in nothing but an expensive brick.

Now that you followed all the above pre-installation instructions it’s time to move on and install ICS MUI Custom ROM on your LG Optimus 2X. After following the pre-installation instructions you can be sure that your device is ready to receive the ICS MUI Custom ROM. We also recommend you to follow all the below steps in the right sequence, and not to skip any of them as you can brick your device. Here’s what you will have to do in order to be able to safely download and install ICS MUI Custom ROM on your LG Optimus 2X:

  1. You will need to download the ICS MUI Custom ROM for LG Optimus 2X package, which you can grab from here. After the download is completed a file named “miuiandroid_Optimus2x-1.12.23.zip” should appear in the place you set the download location. The file has a size of 90.5MB. If the size or the name of the file you downloaded does not match with description above, do not proceed and try repeating the procedure.

  2. Next up, you must connect your LG Optimus 2X to the computer and copy the downloaded ”miuiandroid_Optimus2x-1.12.23.zip” to your phone. Double check to see if the proper file was copied.

  3. Now you should enable USB Debugging Mode on your LG Optimus 2X. In order to do so you must go to Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging and thick the option called “USB debugging” by tapping on it.

  4. Turn off your LG Optimus 2X and get it into Recovery Mode. In order to boot into Recovery Mode, with your device turned off, press and hold simultaneously Volume Down and Home buttons, then while holding them pressed hit the Power button like you would want to turn on your device.

  5. Once you booted your LG Optimus 2X into Recovery Mode, use the Volume UP / Volume Down keys to navigate and Home button to select the desired option. Now head to the option named “install zip from sd card,” then choose the “choose zip from sd card” option, and navigate and locate the zip file you downloaded and copied on your Optimus 2X. After selecting it the ICS MUI Custom ROM installation will begin. It usually takes about 10 minutes for the process to be completed, but don’t worry if it takes a little bit longer than usual as such situations have been previously reported by users.

  6. After the ICS MUI Custom ROM have been flashed into your LG Optimus 2X, your device will restart, displaying the homescreen. Don’t panic if it takes longer than usual for the homescreen to appear, as it only happens with the first reboot after the ROM installation.

That’s about it. Now you can enjoy a user interface similar to the one of the highly expected Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on your LG Optimus 2X. But remember the custom ROM you just installed is not ICS 4.0, but just Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, customized to look like Google’s new software.

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