Dual-Boot Android, Ubuntu Touch Or Firefox OS On Nexus 4 & 7 With MultiROM

The Nexus line of devices are amazing for offering users a great experience with no tie-ins with any manufacturer or carrier restrictions. In addition to the pure Android experience and official updates to the latest versions of the OS promised and pushed by Google directly during their lifecycle, Nexus devices are known for having immense customization possibilities, thanks to their easily unlockable bootloaders and extensive developer support on forums like XDA. Those developers end up achieving amazing feats on these devices due to their open nature. That’s exactly what Recognized Developer Tassadar at XDA has accomplished with MultiROM – a multiboot method that lets you boot not just multiple Android ROMs but also Ubuntu Touch and Firefox OS on your Nexus 4 or 7 (2012 2013 editions). After installation, you are able to choose your desired ROM upon boot. In what follows, we’ll be guiding you through the process of setting up MultiROM and using it to install another Android ROM, Ubuntu Touch or Firefox OS on your Nexus 4 or 7.

A great thing about MultiROM is the way it doesn’t require a lot of tweaking on the user’s part to get things to work – there are no custom bootloaders to flash, no configuration files to manually tweak or move around; it all just works. Even better – it also supports USB flash drives on devices such as the Nexus 7 that support USB OTG out of the box, and even on Nexus 4 with hardware hacks that enable it.

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Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.

Installing MultiROM

The process of getting MultiROM itself up and running on your device is dead-simple, thanks to the MultiROM Manager app provided by the developers.

Requirements

Procedure

  1. Launch the MultiROM Manager app on your device.
  2. On the Install/Update card, tick the MultiROM, Recovery and Kernel check boxes.
  3. Tap the Install button on the Install/Update card.

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The MultiROM Manager app will automatically take care of downloading and installing the required components for your device.

That was easy, no? So now that you have MultiROM installed, how do you go about dual-booting another OS on it? Let’s find out.

Installing Another Android ROM

Dual-booting is a great way to test out another Android ROM without having to let go of your current one. In order to dual-boot another ROM with MultiBoot:

  1. Download the zip file for your ROM and transfer it to your device’s storage.
  2. Reboot your device into recovery.
  3. Go to Advanced MultiROM Add ROM.
  4. Choose the ROM’s ZIP file, followed by confirming the installation.

You can use the same method for installing multiple Android ROMs – just keep in mind the space requirements for each, and make sure you have ample space free on your device. To give you an idea, stock Android 4.2 should take around 676MB after a fresh, clean install.

Installing Ubuntu Touch

In case you’re happy with having one Android ROM on your device and would prefer to put its newfound dual-booting capability to use for trying out an entirely different OS altogether, why not give the excellent Ubuntu Touch a shot? Here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch the MultiROM Manager app.
  2. From the ‘Install Ubuntu Touch’ card, select a channel. (saucy is the 13.10 stable build; others are nightly builds of the upcoming 14.04 version and are more likely to have support issues based on their frequent updates).
  3. Next, select a version (you can simply go with the defaults to keep things simple).
  4. Hit Install and let the app do the rest.

Installing Firefox OS

Mozilla has been working on its mobile OS for a while now, and we have already started to see its (very alpha) builds appear for some devices, primarily a couple of Nexus models. With MultiROM, you can install Firefox OS as the second operating system on your Nexus 4 or 2013 edition Nexus 7. The method differs slightly on the two devices, but it’s not going to be too difficult for either.

On Nexus 4

  1. Download Nexus 4’s Firefox OS system UI files and place both of them on your device’s storage.
  2. Reboot your device into recovery.
  3. Go to Advanced MultiROM Add ROM.
  4. For the ROM type, select ‘Android’.
  5. Select ‘Don’t share kernel’ and hit Next.
  6. Choose the system ZIP file for installation.
  7. Go to Advanced MultiROM List ROMs.
  8. Select your Firefox ROM, followed by Flash ZIP.
  9. Choose the UI ZIP file.

On Nexus 7 (2013)

  1. Download Firefox OS for Nexus 7 and place the zip file on your device’s storage.
  2. Install it using exactly the same recovery method used for dual-booting Android.

While multibooting different operating systems on a mobile device might not be for everyone, it still is something many enthusiasts love to do, and considering the usual hacks required for the purpose that involve quite a lot of complex configurations and risks involving bootloader modifications, MultiROM is a breath of fresh air. That said, we would like to stress again that you should still try it entirely at your own risk, after being sure of what you are doing. Enjoy multibooting on your Nexus!

[via XDA-Developers]

Dual Boot Android, Ubuntu Touch Or Firefox OS On Nexus 4 & 7 With MultiROM