First Custom Kernel for the Motorola Defy Mini Mini XT320/XT32

First Custom Kernel for the Motorola Defy Mini Mini XT320/XT32

The Motorola Defy Mini is a relatively popular device, despite not featuring flagship-level specifications. However, development for the XT320/XT321 hasn’t been what one would expect from such a popular device, and its locked bootloader is largely to blame. This has resulted in the inability to boot custom kernels—until now, that is.

The last time we talked about the Defy Mini, we covered how XDA Senior Member rootdefyxt320 was able to use a loophole to bring back traditional fastboot mode by flashing an older bootloader. Now, rootdefyxt320 is at it again (along with help from MauroSZBernd.Defy, and junk031), with the first custom kernel for the device.

Loading the kernel itself is a little bit of a chore, as it must be live booted from a computer. The steps essentially involve fastboot booting to a custom recovery, pushing modules to the device, rebooting to bootloader, and fastboot booting the kernel’s boot.img. While this is definitely not for the lazy (or for those who frequently restart while on the go), it’s a healthy step of progress for the device.

If you’ve got yourself a Defy Mini and wish to load it with a custom kernel, head over to the development thread to get started.

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Will Verduzco
Will Verduzco

Will Verduzco is the former Editor-in-Chief and Portal Administrator of the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. You can now find Will writing for the Swappa Blog, though he still pops up on XDA from time to time.