Interested in playing around and install Android 2.3 Gingerbread on your Samsung Galaxy Tab? Your search ends here. An android developer has come up with CyanogenMod 7 based Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread ROM for Galaxy tab that shipped with Android 2.2 Froyo.
Note that the build is very new and still in beta stage. Hence one should expect lots of bugs and features missing. Try and play around at your own risk.
INSTALL ANDROID 2.3.2 GINGERBREAD ON GALAXY TAB
Here is our step-by-step guide on installing CyanogenMod 7 based Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread ROM on Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Disclaimer: Proceed at your own risk. We are not liable if your get your device bricked during the process.
1. You need to have Heimdall suite installed on your computer. For the unaware, Heimdall is a cross-platform open-source tool used to flash firmware onto Samsung Galaxy S devices. Download Heimdall on to your computer. Note that you need to have Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 redistributables installed on your Windows computer to install Heimdall.
2. Make sure that your Galaxy Tab is fully charged before proceeding.
3. Download CM7Gingerbread ROM for Galaxy Tab on to your computer and extract it’s contents.
4. We assume that you have setup ADB in your computer which means that your Galaxy Tab is communicating with your computer via USB connection without problems. If you haven’t done it yet, follow the instructions below to make a USB connection. Else jump to “Flashing Instructions”.
– Put your Galaxy Tab into Download mode. To do it, press and hold “Volume Down” + “Power” button simultaneously for few seconds until device boots into Download mode.
– Plug-in your device to computer using USB cable.
– Run “zadig.exe” included in the “Drivers” subdirectory of the downloaded Heimdall suite.
– From the menu chose Options -> List All Devices.
– From the USB Device list chose “Samsung USB Composite Device”.
– Click “Install Driver”.
That’s it, You have now successfully installed Drivers for your device.
1. Open the downloaded and extracted Heimdall folder and run the executable “heimdall-frontend.exe” file. If you get “The program can’t start because MSVCP100.dll is missing from your computer” error message, then this means that you have not installed Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 redistributables on your computer as described in the prerequisites section above.
2. Put your Galaxy Tab into Download mode. To do it, press and hold “Volume Down” + “Power” button simultaneously for few seconds until device boots into Download mode.
3. Plug-in your Galaxy Tab to computer via USB cable.
4. Click “Browse” and select the ROM file in the downloaded and extracted “cm7beta.zip”.
5. Then click “Start” button.
6. Wait for the process to complete. Don’t do anything when flashing is going on.
Your Samsung Galaxy Tab will reboot automatically after the installation is complete. After reboot, you will see the new Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread installed in it. Enjoy!
To report bugs to the developer, head over to the developer’s thread and join the discussion.