December 19, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Most of the CM10.1 releases we talk about are unofficial. That’s to be expected, as most of these releases are alphas, pre-alphas, or preview builds that don’t really run well, but show that work is being done. When it’s official, it’s usually more stable. Now, there are official CM10.1 builds out for the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.
The Nexus 7 release was posted by XDA Forum Member eak1080. As is to be expected for vanilla Android devices, it’s pretty much ready to go. There are a few quirks that are easy to get around. For instance, the GooManager app doesn’t link to the proper GApps. So if you plan on flashing, use the ones linked. There are also separate zips for superuser and Picasa sync. Also, of course, there is the change in SD card path to /mnt/shell/emulated/. Otherwise, the ROM is perfectly stable and daily driver-ready. So if you’ve been waiting for official CM10.1 before flashing to Android 4.2, it’s ready to go.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 official was posted by XDA Recognized Developer noobnl. While it is mostly stable, there are a few issues plaguing users. Some have reported that the camera isn’t working properly, and some are also having problems mounting the SD card. However, the ROM has come a long way since its initial release a few weeks ago.
Got yourself a Galaxy Tab 2 7″ P31xx and not satisfied with running just one build of Android on it? Want to dabble into custom ROMs like CyanogenMod 10, but don’t want to lose the stock ROM at the same time? XDA Member Macadamia Daze has found a way to dual-boot two Android builds on this tablet.
This dual boot method runs one Android build from the internal memory and the other from the SD card. Before you begin, you must have an 8GB or higher capacity SD card, though 16GB or more is recommended. Also note that the ROM you are running from the SD card has to be prepared to run that way. Fortunately, the developer has provided the latest CM10 nightly already prepped for the purpose, along with instructions on how to prep any ROM of your choice for booting from the SD card. For more details and the complete guide, head over to the forum thread and enjoy dual-booting two Android ROMs on your tablet!
Also, if you have yet to root their Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, we have already featured the rooting instructions for this device as well.
June 24, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
With the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 obtaining root, it was only a matter of time before it’s smaller sibling, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, was rooted as well. Unlike the original Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab 10.1, which were released almost a year apart from one another, this generation offers the two sizes (as well as a few others) concurrently. Given the similar hardware and software, making the leap from one to the next is much easier.
The device was originally rooted by XDA Senior Member nycbjr. Soon thereafter, XDA Elite Recognized Developer codeworkx released ClockworkMod recovery for the entire Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P31xx series. Now, XDA Senior Member tapan15in has now created an easy-to-follow root and recovery tutorial for the Tab 2 7.0, and as expected, it’s nearly identical to it’s larger sibling. The tutorial shows users how to install both ClockworkMod recovery and TWRP 2.1 onto the device.
Users looking to root the tablet will need the Samsung drivers provided when they install the Kies application as well as the latest version of Odin. From there, users install ClockworkMod Recovery via Odin, then obtain root via ClockworkMod Recovery. That’s also how most newer Samsung devices are rooted. Tapan15in not only provides the ClockworkMod Recovery image used in rooting the device, but also the update.zip to obtain root, and even the latest version of Odin.
For the full tutorial, head over to the original thread.
May 8, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Another day, another forum here on XDA-Developers. And today, we bring you several. Starting with the tablet world, we added forums for the Asus Transformer TF300T and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (both the 7.0 and 10.1 variants). The Asus offering brings similar features to that of its sibling, the Transformer Prime, but with a more wallet-friendly price. Swapping out the acclaimed Super-IPS display for a more standard (but still vibrant) IPS panel, but retaining its Nvidia Tegra 3 powerhouse, the TF300T is no slouch. On the other end of the alphabet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 offer fantastic displays and competent dual-core processors for $250 and $400, respectively.
On the phone end of the spectrum, two HTC phones have found their home on our forums: the Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, and the Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE. The Sprint phone clearly demonstrates its HTC One XL lineage by offering a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.7″ 720p Super LCD2 Display, a full gig of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera, Sense 4 running atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and of course 4G LTE connectivity. The Verizon phone, on the other hand, appears to offer traits of the One XL and the One S by giving users the same 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a smaller 4″ qHD Super LCD Display, a full gig of RAM, 8 MP rear-facing camera, Sense 4 running atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and access to Verizon’s robust and speedy 4G LTE network. Regardless of differences in screen and size, both devices seem to be the go-to phone on their respective carriers.
So which device are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below, or jump straight to the Asus Transformer TF300T, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE, and Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE forums.