If you thought that only the latest Android devices are receiving Android 4.4 KitKat OS, well think again. Thanks to those of xda-developers now you can install the Android 4.4 based Omni ROM on the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T tablet. And since Asus will probably not release the latest Android update for the Transformer Pad, flashing Omni ROM might be the only way in which you can test and run the KitKat system on your own device. But beside that, this custom update comes with really great features and capabilities so it will be a mistake not to install the Omni ROM on your Transformer Pad TF300T.
Now during the guidelines from below we will be checking on how to install the Android 4.4 KitKat firmware on your Transformer Pad via Omni ROM software. But first, we will discuss a little bit about what you should understand when dealing with an unofficial update and also how to prepare your Android tablet for the update the will shortly follow. This is a manual installation procedure that isn’t official so because of that you should consider the flashing method risky and complex – just read all the lines from below and everything will be fine.
A custom ROM represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android OS – in our case Omni ROM is a ported version of Android 4.4. Furthermore, the firmware is developed by third party devs and not by Asus or by Google. Because of that this guide has nothing to do with the mentioned companies. Unfortunately, as you might have heard Asus will not release the OTA Android 4.4 KitKat OS for the Transformer Pad, so updating with a custom ROM is the only way possible for you to test the latest Android software.
Omni ROM is not pure Android 4.4. The firmware comes with extra features that cannot be found on the default version of KitKat OS. Also, Omni ROM brings its own looks a user interface that will smoothly run on your Asus Transformer Pad. Furthermore, since this is an custom update, by using the same you will be able to customize and optimize the performances of your tablet for obtaining increased speeds, better battery life, improved web browsing experience and lot more.
But for being able to update your Asus Transformer Pad to Android 4.4 you first have to ensure that the official Android 4.2 OS is installed on your tablet. Else, the Omni ROM will not work properly on your device. Also, if you want to safely complete this step by step guide first of all you will have to unlock the bootloader of your handset. The bootloader is a small program that runs each time you power on your tablet – the same is loading the OS and some in built programs from the ROM memory into the RAM one. Usually the bootloader is locked so it is your job to unlock the same.
After unlocking the bootloader you also have to root your Asus Tranformer Pad. Why you need to gain root access? Well basically because a custom recovery image is being required on the update process and because a custom ROM can be applied only on an unchained system. After gaining root access you need to install the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery as one of these tools will be used on the flashing process – the stock Android recovery can’t be used when dealing with unofficial updates like OmniROM.
All the mentioned operations aren’t official. So you have to be careful when completing the same as you don’t want to end up in bricking your tablet. Also, by performing the up-described operations, the Transformer Pad warranty will get void. If you will want to restore the warranty you will have to downgrade to stock and official Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS – then root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked and the OmniROM replaced, so no more Android 4.4 KitKat for you.
By completing this tutorial you might lose your personal data, info and accounts. Actually that will happen if you aren’t backing up the data before heading to the proper guide from below. Just use suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play and everything will be ok. Also, as a personal recommendation, make a Nandroid backup on your way because maybe the Omni ROM software will not be on your taste and you will want to old Android OS back.
On the other hand, also for being able to complete this guide you will have to ensure that a computer can be used. Furthermore, you will have to use your Android tablet and its USB cable. On both computer and device you need to deactivate the security programs like antivirus and antimalware and on your handset only you need to go to “menu – settings – developer options” for enabling the USB debugging option. If the battery status of your device is displayed less than 50% power left, you first have to plug in the charger. If your handset gets turned off in the middle of the update operation, its system might get damaged or bricked.
Don’t forget that this is a custom ROM based on Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Also, the steps from below are showing you how to install Omni ROM only on the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T; so use this tutorial only if you own the mentioned device or else you will end up in bricking your Android based smartphone or tablet.
- On the computer you are using download the following: the Omni ROM file – from here and the Google Apps package – from here.
- Place these files on desktop; don’t unzip the same.
- Now, connect your tablet with the mentioned computer – use the USB cable for establishing the connection.
- Up next, copy-paste the downloaded files from desktop on your tablet’s SD card.
- Then unplug the USB cable as the computer is no longer useful.
- Turn off your Asus Transformer Pad.
- Reboot in recovery mode.
- From there select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Then choose “advance” and pick “wipe dalvick cache”.
- One more, return to recovery main menu.
- Now select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the firmware file and install the same.
- Repeat this process if you want to install Google Apps package.
- In the end just select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now” and you are done.
Congratulations; you have updated your Asus Transformer Pad TF300T to Android 4.4 KitKat OS and all thanks to Omni ROM firmware. According to those who have already used this custom ROM software on the mentioned tablet, there aren’t bugs or issues. Anyway, you should give it a try for testing the features, apps and capabilities. Don’t forget about us though and return here for sharing your thoughts with us and with our readers.