View in gallery Android 2.3 Gingerbread based CyanogenMod 7 is here for the Samsung Galaxy Tab! While this tablet already has the inherited performance gains of Froyo over Eclair, custom Android development doesn’t have to stop and that is why if you have this Samsung Galaxy S Series tablet and want to give it a taste of Gingerbread, please read on for more details.
Before you proceed, you should understand that this is a beta CyanogenMod 7 build for the Galaxy Tab and the project is still under development, so bugs are to be expected as is the case with every early custom ROM. The build has been shared with us by XDA-Developers forum member Technomancer and utilizes Heimdall – a tool that has been specifically designed for the purpose of cross-platform flashing onto Samsung Galaxy S Series devices.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab with a USB cable for PC connection.
- Heimdall – grab the latest build for your operating system.
- CyanogenMod 7 Gingerbread ROM for Samsung Galaxy Tab
- Download and install Heimdall Suite on your PC and reboot your system.
MAC OS X Users: If you’re having trouble starting Heimdall on your machine, it can be resolved by installing the QT files available here.
- Extract the downloaded ROM to any folder on your PC.
- Run Heimdall and click the ‘Browse’ button to add the components present inside the extracted ROM folder.
- Now power off your Samsung Galaxy Tab.
- Press and hold the Home and Volume-Down buttons, then press Power button and keep holding all three buttons until you get into download mode. (If this doesn’t work, you probably have the 3 button combo broken. Go here for the fix.)
- Now connect your tablet to your PC via USB. (Wait for the drivers to install if necessary.)
- Press ‘Start’ button on Heimdall.
- Wait for the progress bar to finish and reboot. The device will reboot into recovery and then reboot again into the new firmware. The first boot will take some time – be patient.
Congratulations – you now have Gingerbread running on your Samsung Galaxy Tab!
To report bugs or issues and for future versions and updates regarding this firmware, head over to the XDA Developers forum thread and join the conversation.