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Update Galaxy Tab 8.9 P7300 to Jelly Bean with AOSP Custom ROM Firmware

During the past few days we had brought you several step by step guides from which you could learn how to update numerous Android based smartphones by installing the CM 10 firmware (you can check the tutorials by clicking on the link from above). But, beside the Jelly Bean based CyanogenMod 10, which will soon be officially released, there are other custom ROMs available for your devices. Therefore, today, we will be checking in how to install the AOSP firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 for updating the same to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

The AT&T version of the Galaxy Tab was released last year on October, so some of its features can now be considered a little bit outdated and the operating system is the first to think of. On the other hand, the specs are still decent, the tablet coming with an 8.9 inch PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, 1GB RAM, 16 / 32 / 64 GB of internal storage memory, a 3.15 MP camera with LED flash on the back and a dual core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor. Anyway, you can now upgrade these performances by learning how to flash the Jelly Bean based AOSP custom ROM firmware on your Galaxy Tab 8.9.

This step by step guide can be applied only for the up mentioned tablets and not for similar ones. The update isn’t coming from Samsung and has nothing to do with the company, so it’s not an official software. This means that you can brick your devices if you are not paying attention; just ensure you are following the lines from this tutorial and everything should be just fine. Furthermore, don’t skip parts or sections as you might regret it afterwards. During the next lines I will be showing you the pre requisites, the features of the ROM, the things that aren’t working for your tablet and how you can prevent from losing personal info after updating the Tab.

First of all, you should know that this is the Alpha 2 variant of the AOSP custom ROM. What should this mean? Well, it is a more stable version if we compare it with the first release, but being still in beta stage, there are features that aren’t working as it should. The firmware was tested on a AT&T Galaxy Tab 8.9 by those of xda-developers and according to them, there are issues with the camera, with Google Now and with Google search. On the other hand, here are the bug fixes and the features that do works:

Things that works

Things that works

Beside these, as usual, a custom ROM is coming with its own capabilities which can’t be found in the default version of the Android platform. Furthermore, the looks will be customized and optimized too and also different from the classic Android ones. Bu for being able to update your Galaxy Tab 8.9 to Jelly Bean with AOSP ROM, you will have to previously root your tablet. Unfortunately by doing this you will void the warranty. If you want to regain it back then you will have to downgrade to the stock ROM, or to apply an official update released by Samsung. So, be careful in what you do and try not to mess things up.

After rooting, you should complete the pre requisites. This includes a backup too. During the steps from below a wipe of the system will be required meaning that your data will be wiped out. Anyway, in the following list you have some backup tips along with the other operations needed for the installation procedure. This is the most relevant part of the present tutorial so take your time and perform the tasks.

  • Use SMS backup and restore apps for saving the text messages from your tablet.
  • Save Internet settings.
  • Use a computer for backing up the images or videos.
  • Use a custom recovery image in order to backup / restore the current ROM.
  • Sync with Google and save the contacts.
  • Then, install a custom recovery image; we will use the tool for flashing the update.
  • Uninstall all the security programs that run on your computer or on your Galaxy Tab.
  • Enable USB debugging: ““Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”.
  • Finally, charge the battery of your tablet or ensure that there is at least 60% power left.

Well, you can now safely go and complete the steps. Your tablet and your data which is saved on its internal storage memory are in safe hands; all you need to do is to update the system to the latest Android flavor, Jelly Bean OS.

Update Galaxy Tab 8.9 P7300 to Jelly Bean with AOSP Custom ROM Firmware

  1. First of all, go here and download the update file.
  2. Then, save the file to your computer.
  3. Up next, connect the Tab with the PC by using its USB cord.
  4. Copy the update from the computer to the device.
  5. Disconnect the USB cable.
  6. Turn the tablet off.
  7. Then reboot in recovery mode: press and hold the Volume down button while powering on.
  8. From the recovery menu first choose to perform a wipe.
  9. For the wipe: “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  10. Then, return to recovery: “+++go back+++”.
  11. Now, select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
  12. Pick the update file.
  13. Click “yes”.
  14. Wait until the process ends.
  15. Return to recovery mode menu and select “reboot system now”.

That was all. You now know how to update the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 by installing the Alpha 2 AOSP custom ROM firmware. Even though this is not the first release of the software, there are still bugs in the system so test the new ROM and see how it performs. Share your thoughts with us and remember that there are other updates available for your tablet too, just choose the one that you prefer the most.

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