December 26, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 was one of Samsung’s flagship Honeycomb devices, but with the latest focus being on Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Note 10.1, the device seems to have fallen out of favor in Sammy’s court. Not so here at XDA, though. Fortunately for the owners of the device, XDA Senior Member C-o-M has ported the latest Android 4.2.1 to the tablet in form of an unofficial CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly ROM.
Do note that this is an experimental build. Several core features such as WiFi, Bluetooth, sound, cameras, display, storage and rotation sensors work, but everything else is pretty much untested. Don’t fret, though. The ROM is a work-in-progress, and we should hopefully start seeing updates soon to fix these problems, and make it suitable enough for a daily driver.
Head over to the forum thread to give it a try for yourself.
Even though the wild summer of Jelly Bean is coming to a close, there are still some devices getting Jelly Bean AOSP compiled for their devices. For the most part, we are removed from the pre-alphas and preview builds that saw more issues than features, and builds are actually becoming pretty solid. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 users now have one such AOKP build.
The ROM was compiled by XDA Senior Member dan-htc-touch and posted for all to enjoy. It’s not a 100% stable build, but users should be able to run it anyway. Some of the features include:
aokp for the sgh i957,
overclockable to 1836 mhz thanks to kernel source from DAGr8
choose mtp or camera connection once connected
paid apps work
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a new ROM if we didn’t have a not working list:
ROM control — vibration menu item FC ROM control
usb devices don’t have an unmount option in task tray
possible connect to computer issue. Adb works fine connects to my linux box fine( have not tried windows)
nfc no work
So unless you’re a frequent user of NFC, require the vibration menu, or really need it to connect to your PC, then this could definitely be used as a daily driver. For additional info, check out the original thread.
September 4, 2012 By: Haroon Q. Raja
Many Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 users who have flashed custom ICS ROMs report problems with battery drain. Some cases have been so bad that the battery has been draining from 100% down to 0% within just two to three hours.
Many users were speculating problems in the ROM or kernel with high CPU usage causing the drain, but it has been found out to be an issue with the battery calibration. Luckily, this can be fixed by calibrating the battery again. Keep in mind that re-calibration will require some patience on your part, as it will involve letting the battery drain, sit idle, charge and sit idle again for fixed time intervals, and this timing is important.
The method for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes from XDA Senior Member Vlad_z, and can be found in the original thread. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 guide thread is based on the method used in the previous thread, and is brought to us by XDA Senior Member pseudoheld.
August 29, 2012 By: jerdog
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has recently received the ICS update, and now its little sibling can join in the family fun. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi now has an update to ICS available via KIES for those who have chosen to remain stock.
For those who prefer to take full control of their device, XDA Senior Member safariking has put together a package that you can flash via ODIN. The package has been rooted, deodexed, and zipaligned for your pleasure. Safariking also promises that a custom recovery-flashable version will be made available soon.
Visit the original thread to download the package and join in the conversation.
July 24, 2012 By: Former Writer
Two weeks ago, Jelly Bean source code was released. Since then, it’s been a frenzy on XDA as developers have worked hard to get the newest version of the OS ported to their devices. In that time, over two dozen devices have received Jelly Bean to some extent, and many more are bound to follow. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 are among the latest to get Jelly Bean. However, unlike many devices, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 actually have two Jelly Bean ports. One is pure AOSP and the other is CyanogenMod 10.
Despite some early release jitters, all four ROMs actually work quite well. XDA Senior Member safariking posted the pure AOSP build, while XDA Senior Member kallt_kaffe posted the CyanogenMod 10 for the Galaxy Tab 8.9. XDA Senior Member MapleSyrup posted both Jelly Bean ROMs for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Also, all four ROMs have had heavy developmental help from XDA Recognized Developer pershoot.
For the Galaxy Tab 8.9, there isn’t a running list of what’s working on the CyanogenMo10 port, aside from how 3G works. That said, it is listed as preview, so users should expect bugs here and there. The pure AOSP ROM seems to be more stable, as the only things reported not working are the camera and Google Now. Of course, so early in the development, there could likely be more broken features that have not yet been discovered. For the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the CyanogenMod 10 port seems almost stable, with the only thing listed as not working being the camera. The AOSP build seems a little more rough as 3G, 4G, and AGPS are listed as not working for some models.
All in all, these ROMs are quite usable, but users should note that these builds are far from complete. For download links, additional details, and more, check out the corresponding links below.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, in most respects, is the same as the Tab 10.1, but a bit smaller. They both have WXGA 1280×800 displays with a duak-core CPU and 1GB of RAM, plus they run on Android Honeycomb. And now, thanks to XDA Senior Member nycbjr, there’s an Alpha build of Ice Cream Sandwich available for the Tab 8.9. Being Alpha, a lot doesn’t work, like 3G, the camera, and voice search, but the other core functions like WiFi and GPS work just fine. Head on over to the discussion thread for instructions and a download link.
December 23, 2011 By: liwen
The LTE version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9, sold by AT&T in the US and Bell in Canada, has been rooted by well-known forum moderator Da_G. He even managed to create a kernel that overclocks the processor, usually at 1.5 GHz, to over 1.9 GHz.
Before you go on to root (and possibly overclock) your device, note that this is for the LTE version packing the Qualcomm processor. The WiFi version, equipped with a 1 GHz Tegra 2, has already been rooted.
Now, head over this forum thread with detailed instructions provided by orlandoxpolice on how to root your Galaxy Tab, or have a try with the overclocked kernel. No warranty, of course – only do this if you know what you’re up to.