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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Arrives for Galaxy Tab 8.9 P7300 and P7310 Thanks to CyanogenMod 10 (CM10)

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Jelly Bean is here for all the Galaxy Tab 8.9 owners in the form of CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) ROM, to give you a taste of the latest (and perhaps the greatest) Android version, with features such as a smoother interface, smarter keyboard, advanced voice recognition, improved and actionable notifications menu, and more. You also get the customization options of CyanogenMod along, though those are quite few at this point as they are being ported to CM10 from CM9.

NOTE: This CM10 release is an extremely early preview release, so it may contain a lot of bugs and a few things might not work correctly. Also, do not expect to see many customization options of CyanogenMod to be present in the ROM right now as CM10 is in its early stages.

Here are a few important tips and tricks as quoted from the developer of the ROM:

  • Backup all the apps you want to keep with Titanium backup before installing because market will be very limited once you install this.
  • If the SuperUser app does not remember your choices. Update the su binary a couple of times, after that it works better.

Let’s take a look at how the preview CM10 ROM can be installed on the Galaxy Tab 8.9 P7300/7310.

Compatibility

This ROM and the guide below are compatible only and only with the Galaxy Tab 8.9, model numbers P7300/P7310.

Warning!

The methods and procedures discussed here are considered risky and you should not attempt anything if you don’t know completely what it is. If any damage occurs to your device, we won’t be held liable.

How to Install CM10 on Galaxy Tab 8.0 P7300/P7310

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  1. This procedure will wipe all your apps, data and settings (but it will NOT touch your SD cards, so don’t worry about those). Backup your Apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. This Android backup guide would help you.
    Important! Don’t forget to at least make a backup of your APN settings, which you can restore later if your data connection does not work after installing the ROM. Use the backup guide to find out how.
  2. Make sure ClockworkMod recovery is installed on your tablet.
  3. Download the latest version of the ROM from the official development page. Be sure to download either the P7300 version or P7310 according to your tablet’s model number. P7300 is the Wi-Fi+3G model, while P7310 is the Wi-Fi-only model.
  4. Download the Google Apps package. This will install apps like Market/Play Store, Gmail, etc. which are not present in the ROM.
    Download Gapps  |  Filename: gapps-jb-20120717-signed.zip
  5. Copy the 2 downloaded zip files from step 3 and step 4 to the internal SD card.
  6. Turn off the tablet and boot into Clockworkmod recovery. To do so, turn on the tablet with the Volume Down + Power buttons together till the screen shows two icons on it (the first icon is for recovery and second is for download mode. We need to use the recovery icon). Here, select press Volume Down button then press Volume Up button for confirmation to enter recovery mode.
    Use volume keys to scroll up and down between options and power key to select an option in recovery.
  7. Select wipe data/factory reset, then select Yes on next screen to confirm. Wait a while till the data wipe is complete.
  8. Select install zip from sdcard, then select choose zip from sdcard. Scroll to the ROM file on the SD card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes – Install _____.zip on the next screen. The ROM will start installing.
  9. After ROM installation is complete, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the kernel file to install the kernel.
  10. After ROM installation completes, select choose zip from sdcard again, then select the gapps-jb-20120717-signed.zip file to install the Google apps package.
  11. After the installation is complete, select go back then select reboot system now to reboot the tablet and boot up into CM10. The first boot can take up to 5 minutes, so be patient.

CM10 based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is now installed and running on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Visit the official development page for more info and to get the latest updates on the ROM. Share your thoughts on the ROM in the comments.

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