It seems that every Android device is able to run the latest Google’s mobile operating system, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, HTC has announced that the HTC Desire will not get any new update, but HTC Desire users can upgrade their smartphone to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean via CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) custom ROM, thanks to XDA developer member bWorks.
The CyanogenMod 10 brings a smooth performance to your phone and gives you a stock Android experience, the Jelly Bean adds number of new features such as new keyboard, new notification bar, offline voice typing, Google Now app, new user interface and much more.
Keep in mind that this CM10 ROM is still in development stages, so bugs can be expected and some features are missing currently, take a look at this page to see what’s working and what’s not.
The ClockworkMod recovery must be installed, make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or get damaged following this guide.
Step #1: Download the latest version of ROM from here [XDA LINK].
Step #2: Transfer the downloaded file to the internal SD card of device.
Step #3: Turn the device off.
Step #4: Reboot the device into recovery mode by holding down volume down and power button, first device will enter in HBOOT, there use volume keys to navigate and power button to select, you have to select the recovery option.
Step #5: In recovery mode, create a nandroid backup of your current ROM, it’s important because if anything not work out that you expect from this ROM, you’ll be able to easily revert back to your current state. To create backup select “Backup and Restore”, and then select “Backup” again.
Step #6: Perform full wipe, first select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen.
Step #7: Select “Install Zip from SD Card” then “Choose Zip from SD Card” and locate the downloaded file that you’ve transferred in above step and confirm installation. Wait till installation complete.
Step #8: Once the installation is completed, select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now.”
That’s it, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean based CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) is installed on your HTC Desire, you can comment for queries.