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19/04/2013

Micromax A89 gets a port of Lewa OS; How to install guide

Micromax A89, a mid-range Micromax Smartphone in the Ninja lineup, has received a port of the beautiful Lewa OS. The phone, which is preceded by Micromax A87 and succeeded by Micromax A91, has had its fair share of development, with the phone getting rooted and getting clockworkmod and TWRP recoveries in its early days. The phone apparently did well in the market at the price point at which it was launched.

Though the name might mislead you, Lewa OS is more of an Android skin than a complete OS. Just like MIUI, Lewa OS emphasises on beautifying various elements of the Android ecosystem. If you can rewind a little bit, Micromax A110 had also received a port of the Lewa OS, and as both the phones run on the same chipset, it was a matter of time before the rom got ported to A89.

These screenshots will help you decide whether the Lewa OS rom is worth the 180 odd megabytes of your internet plan (it matters when you are on a limited data plan, right?)
Image Credits: dan.man

How to install Lewa OS on Micromax A89:

Let me get to my favourite writing section, the how to guide. The guide below should be a cakewalk if you have done something like this before. And even if you haven’t, everything occurs for the first time once.
  • Root your Micromax A89 Ninja.
  • Install Clockworkmod/TWRP recovery on your phone.
  • Take a full backup of your device using the recovery you just installed (just in case).
  • Download the Lewa OS rom and transfer it to your device’s SD card.
  • Switch off your device.
  • Boot into your custom recovery (i.e. either cwm or TWRP) by pressing Power + Volume Up button till the recovery screen shows up.
  • Using Volume Up and Down buttons to scroll (if in clockworkmod), select the option to perform Factory Reset.
  • Select the option to Install zip from sd card and choose the zip file you copied in your sd card.
  • Let the installation process complete.
  • Perform a factory reset again.
  • Go to advanced and select “Wipe Dalvik Cache”.
  • Reboot your device and enjoy your new rom!
If you have fun using Lewa OS, or find any bug in the rom, you should head over to the originating xda thread and thank/contact dan.man, the rom developer. Subscribe to our newsletter to hear the latest from us.
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