The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi is one of the tablets from the Galaxy Tablet series by Samsung. It runs on the Honeycomb version of the Android OS and has been equipped with a 1GHz processor. With 1GB of RAM, it can run apps and games smoother than is necessary for most of those that have currently been developed for Honeycomb. As you all know, the latest version of the Android, as of now, is Ice Cream Sandwich and running ICS on this tablet will let you explore more features and enhance your user experience. On the other side, Samsung says that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will get the ICS update at the end of the January, 2012. We don’t know how true this forecast is, though.
If you are eager to install Ice Cream Sandwich on your Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi model, then you should not wait, but go ahead and do it now. By installing ICS, you will get access to apps which are exclusively developed for this version of Android. It will also improve the performance of your tablet, thus providing you a great tablet experience.
The CyanogenMod developers have developed a custom ROM based on the ICS for the Galaxy Tab and we will use this for the install. The guide below explains all the steps involved in installing this ROM as well as specifying the pre-requisites. Keep in mind that installing a custom ROM will void your Galaxy Tab warranty and there are also chances of your device being bricked, although that happens very rarely.
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At first, you need to get the files mentioned below. Download links are provided so you don’t need to find them anywhere and then you can go on to the installation steps.
- CyanogenMod 9 (Download)
Well, that was just one file and I presume that you now have already downloaded it. If not, go ahead and get it! Now, here are the steps you should follow in order to install ICS on Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi Model.
Install ICS on Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi
- Download the file from the link given above and save it anywhere on your computer. I would probably put it on the Desktop for easy access.
- Now, hook up the USB cable to your PC and to your tablet to make the file transfer possible. Now, move or copy the CyanogenMod 9 file to the /sdcard/ path of your tablet. Remember to put it in the root folder.
- It will take a few seconds to complete the transfer, when it happens, just unplug the tablet from your PC and then turn it off.
- If you know how to reboot the tablet into recovery mode, then do it now. Otherwise, press and hold the Volume Down key and then presss the Power button. It will let you enter into recovery mode. Make sure that you boot up into the ClockworkMod Recovery, not the stock recovery. Read How To Install ClockworkMod Recovery
- To be on the safe side, back up the data of your tablet using the Backup and Restore option given in the recovery menu. After doing so, move to the next step.
- Here, we need to wipe some of the data. Choose Wipe data/factory reset followed by Wipe cache partition. Head over to Advanced Menu and select Wipe Dalvik cache.
- Come to the main menu by pressing the desired key and then choose Install ZIP from sdcard followed by Choose ZIP from sdcard. Find the CyanogenMod 9 file which you copied earlier to the tablet and select it. If any prompt appears, just give Yes so further action can be allowed.
- It will take some time to flash this ROM and when it has been completed, you can go back to main menu of recovery and then choose Reboot system now. So, the tablet can be booted up in the ICS version of Android.
Well, that was a short guide explaining how easily you could install ICS on your Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi and I am very certain that you can do it successfully by following the instructions! Enjoy !
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