Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was the company’s first foray into tablet market. This was later followed recently by the more successful Galaxy Tab 7.0. Many users who own the original Galaxy Tab may be enthusiastic to get the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) firmware on their device. So here is a small guide for them.
A working alpha AOSP-based port of Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich for Galaxy Tab has been released by a group of XDA members.
GPS, Camera, Sensors, Multitouch, Sound, and External SD Card are confirmed working in this Alpha ROM. The build does not include the 3 soft buttons that you can see on the Galaxy Nexus. This is because devices such as Galaxy Tab have hardware counterparts in the form of capacitive buttons, thus making the soft buttons unnecessary.
Honeycomb tablet apps are reportedly working fine on this ICS port.
NOTE: This ROM is only for devices with the model number P1000.
DO NOT use this ROM if you own a P1010 or P1000N.
Disclaimer: This procedure has not been tested by us. We are not responsible if you brick your device. Proceed with discretion.
Install Android 4.0.1 ICS Alpha 1 Build On Galaxy Tab
1. Download the latest Android 4.0.1 ICS ROM for Galaxy Tab from XDA forum thread.
The developers will be releasing updated ICS ROMs every time they fix something or include some features. Make sure you get the latest ROM from the above mentioned thread.
2. Connect your Galaxy Tab to your Computer and mount USB Storage.
3. Copy the downloaded ICS ROM to your SDCard.
4. Reboot your device into recovery mode.
5. Next, perform a backup and wipe data.
6. Now go to Main Menu and select Install zip from SDCard –> Choose zip from SDCard. Browse and select the ICS ROM zip file you earlier transferred to your SDCard.
7. Let the ICS ROM be flashed on your Galaxy Tab.
8. Reboot the device.
That’s it. Your Galaxy Tab should now be up on the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich.