Samsung Galaxy Tab Gets ICS Based CM9 ROM [Download]


Proud owner of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab but still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on it? Been waiting to get news of an update to Andriod 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for your device? While Samsung didn’t even bring Android 3.0 Honeycomb to the original Galaxy Tab, it now has an ICS ROM available, courtesy the CyanogenMod team. This AOSP ICS ROM, based on the CyanogenMod 9 project, comes in from the team trying to get CM9 working flawlessly on the Galaxy Tab. The ROM so far is far from perfect, as it is in fact a work in progress and certainly not meant as a daily driver, but that’s understandable. Hopefully, this will all change soon enough. More details, download link and installation instructions after the jump.

As we mentioned, this ROM isn’t fully working. Since Samsung didn’t release any ICS or even Honeycomb update to this device (or any device with the same CPU/GPU/board), several features requiring hardware driver support aren’t working yet due to lack of driver support. CM team managed to get stuff like, RIL (Phone calls / messagin) working but is now broken in the latest build and so is data (2G / 3G). Audio, GPS, Orientation sensor (a bit slow), Wi-Fi, Data Usage statistics, Bluetooth, Gyroscope, Light sensors and more are reported to be working just fine.

What doesn’t work? The camera and possibly a lot more.

CM9 ICS ROM Galaxy Tab CM9 ICS ROM Galaxy Tab

(Images courtesy of the developers.)

If you want to go on a little adventure and are brave enough to face the bugs that this ROM poses for you and your Galaxy Tab, we will not be the ones telling you how to do that, especially if you’re a novice user. While this contradicts with our usual guides that feature complete newbie-friendly installation instructions, this ROM isn’t intended for newbies and we will recommend against it for the moment unless you know what you’re doing. You can head over to this post at XDA-Developers for instructions on how to flash this ROM on your device but again, if you are willing to install it, you most probably already know much of the drill.

The pace at which development is going due to high interest in bringing the latest version of Android to this device, we should expect all the features that aren’t working right now to be fixed shortly, breathing some real tablet OS love into a device apparently abandoned by its manufacturer when it comes to updates. We all know Gingerbread was phone-optimized and having it on a tablet especially after Honeycomb and ICS got released must feel even more stifling.

For updates and queries, you can head over to the forum thread at XDA-Developers.