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Install Photon Penguin Kernel On Photon 4G [EXT4 And 1.1 GHz Overclock]

Motorola Photon 4G is a high-tier Android phone that was the first phone with a fairly expensive initial rooting solution. When the phone was launched, the Dock method was the only rooting method available. However some developers were able to figure out a generic exploit that made rooting possible without pain and a single click. Since the phone got rooted, the development is rapidly taking place for this phones with multitude of Android hackers, modders, designers and themers participating in releasing custom kernels, tweaks, mods, hacks and full fledge ROM. The team ACS, guys behind producing the first rooting kernel for Sprint Epic 4G Touch, has released custom Photon Penguin Kernel for Photon 4G.

The kernel already has 2 version available for public access with second one being the latest and almost glitch free. Here are the main features of Photon Penguin Kernel for Motorola Photon 4G:


  • ADBD Root
  • Undervolt Support
  • Overclock To 1.1 GHz
  • Stock Base
  • BFQ Scheduler
  • Optimized Make File For Tegra 2
  • Ext 4 Support added




However there is one glitch with this custom kernel that breaks Wi-Fi on the phone. We believe that upcoming releases of this kernel will come with a solution or fix for this problem. Flashing this kernel has resulted in good smart-bench and quadrant. According to testers and users of this kernel, it is safe to flash it on any Motorola Photon 4G running stock Moto Blur ROM. Compatibility with other custom ROMs is unknown and we believe that you shouldn’t try flashing it on non-stock ROMs.

Here is the step by step guide to install Photon Penguin Custom Kernel on your Motorola Photon 4G:

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

  1. The first step is to make sure that you have root on your phone along with ClockworkMod Recovery installed. You can refer to this XDA forum thread for an all-in-one reference on rooting and installing ClockworkMod Recovery.
  2. Once you meet the prerequisites, download the kernel (source link seems to be broken) to your desktop.
  3. Connect your phone to the computer via USB cable and copy the kernel zip file to SD Card root.
  4. Reboot your device in Recovery mode.
  5. Once you are in recovery mode, select Install zip from SD Card to flash the kernel.
  6. Reboot your phone.

And there you go! You now have a custom kernel empowering your phone with an overclock capacity of 1.1 GHz. In case you need more information or want to thank the developers, then click here for official XDA custom kernel thread.

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