Galaxy Tab 10.1 Gets Ice Cream Sandwich Rom, a CM9 Port!

Waiting for your manufacturer to update your device to latest Android OS version is a painful thing. And the case with users of Galaxy Tab 10.1 is no different, to whom promised Ice Cream Sandwich update from Samsung will shower not anytime before stated Q1 2012 release — which means March ‘12, if btw not delayed to April ‘12.

So, there is a right reason to cheer for, when we hear that a developer (or team of 2) has released his own rom, based on Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi version only, btw). Yes, you can run Ice Cream Sandwich on your Galaxy Tab before 2012 arrives and that too without waiting for Samsung to gift you an update.


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 you or your device, we won’t be held liable — you only will be responsible, you’ve been warned!!!


This rom and the guide below is compatible only with Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi edition with no 3G), model number GT-7510. Don’t try this on Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 3G. Also, it’s not compatible with any other device. Check your device’s model number in: Settings » About device.

Things to take care of before Installing ROMs

  1. Installing/Flashing this ROM will erase your apps and data. So, it’s a very important you back them up before proceeding further. To backup your apps and important data — bookmarks, contacts, SMS, APNs (internet settings), etc. this Android backup guide would help you. Restore APN settings if Internet isn’t working for you, after installing the rom. And if you are using a rooted phone, you can save application’s data too, using Titanium backup (free app on android market) to backup apps with apps with data. Use the same app again to restore those apps with data.
  2. Drivers! — it’s important you’ve the proper drivers installed. Download links — 32 bit (x86) Windows |   64-bit (x64) Windows

Camera isn’t working in this rom right now, although that doesn’t mean much for a tablet. That apart, you’ll experience bugs here and there. But for all Ice Cream Sandwich love this tablet’s gonna get you, and given that Samsung will take its own (huge) time in bringing you the update, it’s still very very exciting rom.

If you’re a pro, with sound knowledge of CWM, flashing, etc., it’s easy for you. Just download the Android 4.0 rom from step 2 below, and flash using CWM. However, if you’re ‘new’ to all this, see the guide below.

How to Install Ice Cream Sandwich (CM9) on Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi only)

  1. You’re going to need a Clockworkmod recovery to flash the ICS rom on your Tab. Either Google it or look here on how to install Clockworkmod (CWM) recovery on your Galaxy Tab 101. P7510 WiFi edition.
  2. Download the latest version of the rom from the development page here. Current version (Dec 26, 2012) can be downloaded from here.
  3. Transfer the rom to your tablet’s internal sdcard. Remember the location of file on sdcard. 
  4. Disconnect the tablet from PC. Power it off — wait for 6-7 seconds after screen goes off.
  5. Boot into recovery mode — press and hold (until you see two options) both Power and Volume down keys. Press Volume Down key to move your selection recovery mode’s icon and press Volume Up select the recovery mode.
  6. [Optional] Make a backup of you current rom from backup and restore option.
  7. Do wipe data/factory reset.
  8. Do wipe cache partition.
  9. Go to Advanced, and do wipe dalvik cache.
  10. Come back to main screen and select install zip from sd card » choose zip from sd card (or internal sdcard, if that works) » browse through sdcard and select the rom file you transferred in step 3 above. Select Yes on next screen.
  11. This will begin the flashing of Cyanogenmod 9 on your Galaxy Tab 10.1. You’ll be back recovery mode. Go back and select reboot system now, to restart the tablet. 
  12. Upon restart, your Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be running coolly on Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich. Enjoy!

Share your thoughts and problems, if any, in comments below.

18 Comment

  1. Nobody says: Reply

    not woking

    1. Kapil says: Reply

      Can you point out what’s not working? The zip isn’t flashing or what?

      1. the man says: Reply

        it says Error in /sdcard/cm9_kang_ics_4.0.zipn(Status 7)Installation aborted

  2. Stan says: Reply

    mine ddoes not work either. when i try to install i get an error, something about

  3. Aaron says: Reply

    Looks like the build.prop isn’t built exactly for the GT-P7510.u00a0 I’m testing some changes to see if I can get it to work.

    1. Please post if you get it working. thx

    2. Damien5314 says: Reply

      Please post if you can get it to work, I have this model and would very much like a way to get ICS on this bad boy.

    3. Sdiaz says: Reply

      I am running the 3.2 from samsung at this moment and i can’t install the kang neither. it said that my device is not a p7510 but i have a gt-p7510MA

  4. Just flashed not working!

  5. Looks like the post was pulled on XDA

  6. Bsherba3 says: Reply

    It works reasonably well. Several force closes, Netflix won’t play right, etc. Smoother than stock for sure

  7. Stiffler_shade says: Reply

    I wouldn’t recommend flashing this ROM. u00a0This is not a release from the CryogenMod team but a kang that someone built from their source repo. u00a0This will not be a supported release. u00a0Wait a few days and there will be an official release.

    1. Stiffler_shade says: Reply

      You may also notice is was pulled from XDA. u00a0I’m not sure why however I would assume due to issues with the ROM being a Kang and not a true release.

  8. Fernando De Leon says: Reply

    this is a kang and not the real CM9 so is a WIPnhowever if you want to see whats in the works the rom works great though you get lots of FC but thats expected on a kang pre alpha releasenyou need to have the latest CWM 5.x to flash this. over at xda it tells you how to install the latest CWM.u00a0

  9. why the hell do these come only for the non 3G ones ?

  10. Dinku says: Reply

    works a treat. better than HC. faster as well.

  11. Mackydee1977 says: Reply

    Just got a Galaxy Tab 10.1 WiFi and love it, i think i’ll just wait tho. if the upgrade to 4.0 is coming in March. Save f**in about withit ha

  12. haryki says: Reply

    have problem with trebuchet (not rotate), have problem with build-in browser, fast discharging. have not wifi switch in operational menu – need or install widget or every time go to settings. design, fonts, colors – awesome! but in general – crude. most likely reason its porting ISC to this device

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