Android Oreo 8.1 for Galaxy Tab S3: LineageOS 15.1 brings Android 8 to Samsung Tab S3

Thanks to the developer behind LineageOS, Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 users are able to get Android 8.1 Oreo on their tablets. This is a third party ROM, so you will need to have TWRP custom recovery installed in order to install custom ROM, like this one.

Android Oreo 8.1

Here is how to install it on your Tab S3:

1. Install twrp for Tab S3.
2. Download the zip(s) – firmware and Google Apps additional package (http://opengapps.org/, Platform: ARM64, Android: 8.1, Variant: any, usually I’m using micro or nano)
3. Backup all partitions (it least efs) and store somewhere – it need to do – because you can loose imei
4. Full wipe all
5. Flash firmware and gapps

Keep in mind that microphone is not working during calls but who uses their tablet for making calls? Other than that, everything is working like a charm.

Again, this is a custom ROM for Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and after installing it, your warranty will be voided. Unfortunately, this is the only way to get latest Android on your tablet as Samsung appears to be reluctant in pushing any more updates to this tablet.

Root guide for Galaxy Tab Active 8.0 LTE SM-T365: Download TWRP for Tab Active 8

Galaxy Tab Active 8.0 LTE SM-T365

Root guide for the new Samsung Galaxy tab Active 8.0 is now available. Before you do the root, you will need TWRP for the Tab Active 8.0. Fortunately, we have the latest version of TWRP custom recovery available for the android tablet. Using this custom recovery, you will be able to flash all sorts of third party ROMs onto it. It would also be possible to flash hacks that require a modified TWRP.

Download the TWRP file on your computer from here. Then use the fastboot to flash the TWRP using the following command.

fastboot flash recovery TWRP-3.1.1-recovery.img

After installing the TWRP, it is now time to install root onto the Galaxy Tab Active 8.0. For that, install the ODIN file via file recovery in download mode using volume down + power + home button combo and then connect it to the computer.

And that is it – you have successfully downloaded and installed TWRP on the Tab Active android tablet. It is totally upto you if you want to root it or not. Some third party firmwares come pre-rooted so if you are planning to install a custom ROM, it may not be worth rooting your Samsung android tablet.

Download CM13 for Galaxy Tab 7.7: Cyanogen Mod for Samsung Tab 7.7 android tablet

Download CM13 for Galaxy Tab 7.7

Lineage OS is based on android’s CM13 port that brings latest version of android to the users. It is meant for P6800, P6810 and i815 versions of Galaxy Tab 7.7 android tablet. Everything is working in this cyanogen mod 13 ROM except for Bluetooth (crashed when trying to activate in settings), DRM playback (google play movies), Amazon kindle app (old v4.24.0.27 works though) and mounting of SD card. So if you can do without those, it is same to install this ROM on your android tablet.

Here are the installation instructions for installing lineage OS on Samsung galaxy tab 7.7.

* Download the ROM and optionally GApps (ARM-6.0-pico) onto your device
* Reboot tablet into Tab 7.7 TWRP recovery. I use version 3.0.2-0 here.
* Wipe data, cache, dalvik/art-cache and system. Coming from stock rom, also wipe internal sd.
* Flash ROM and GApps.
* Reboot System. (First boot takes 5-6 minutes. Be patient.)

To root, simple download and install supersu using TWRP recovery. Latest version of TWRP may not work. We installed this ROM on our android tablet and it felt quite smooth. Apart from the bugs mentioned earlier in this article, everything worked like a charm.

Galaxy Tab S3 permissive kernel – SM-T820 / SM-T825 kernel download

Permissive kernel is now available for download for the Galaxy Tab S3 tablet. There is nothing really special about this permissive kernel except for its permissive mode, of course. There are some applications out there that require this very mode which is why permissive kernel was made available for the Samsung tablet.

Galaxy Tab S3 permissive kernel

Galaxy Tab S3 permissive kernel for SM-T820 / SM-T825 features:

* Forced Encryption disabled
* DM-Verity disabled
* Root restrictions removed
* NTFS support (coming soon)
* F2FS support (coming soon)
* Current build is -XXU1AQD6

It shall be noted that by flashing this Samsung galaxy Tab S3 permissive kernel, you will be increasing your knox counter which means your tablet will no longer be in warranty. It is also suggested to make a backup of data so that if something goes wrong, you have the data is with you safe.

If you have data encryption turned on, you will have to remove it. You can do that by going into Galaxy Tab S3 TWRP and using “format data” button.

Here are the download links. Make sure to use ODIN to flash them. If you do not have it on your computer, download it from here.

Download Marshmallow for Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 10.1: Android 7 P3100 P5100 P3110 P3113 P5110 P5113

If you are still holding onto the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 or 10.1 android tablet, you will be pleased to know that you can still install the latest android 6 marshmallow in it. This is all due to the developer behind Ressurection Remix who promises to resurrect your old android tablet by giving you the latest android build. Compatible with P3100, P5100, P3110, P3113, P5110, P5113 models, this ROM is based on cyanogenmod, slim and original remix builds.

Marshmallow for Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 10.1

Make sure you have the Galaxy Tab 2 TWRP (compatible with P3100 P3113 P3110)installed. If you need ROM for other models, you can check here or here. Here is how to install the Marshmallow Android 6 ROM on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 tablet.

* Download the latest build – P3100/P5100, p3110 | p3113 | p5110 | p5113
* Download Gapps from here http://opengapps.org/
* Take a nandroid backup. Full wipe and factory reset optional but recommended
* Flash ROM using latest TWRP recovery
* Flash Gapps
* Reboot.

Here are its list of features – compiled with latest tool chains , Navigation Bar , Enable/Disable Navbar , Navbar Ring Switch , Navbar Ring Targets , Navbar Button Customization , Navbar Dimensions(Potrait & Landscape) , Statusbar , Brightness Slider , Enable/Disable Show Notification Count , SuperUser Indicator Switch , Carrier Label , Carrier Label Switch , Carrier label Colour , Quick PullDown Switch , Smart Pulldown Switch , Clock Customizations , Time & date , Clock Colour , Day & date Toogle , Center Clock/Right Clock Choice , Battery , Battery Bar customization , Battery Icon Customization(circle/landscape/Potrait and more) , Battery % Text , Network Traffic Indicator , Theme Chooser , RR exclusive PITCH BLACK THEME , Animations , Toast Animations , ListView Animations , System Animations , Gestures , Gestures Anywhere Feature , App Circle Bar , Choose apps in App circle , Trigger Width , Trigger Hieght , Trigger Position , Recents Panel , Clear All button Switch , Clear All Tasks Switch , Clear All Button Location(Top right,Top Left,Top Center,Bottom Left,Bottom Right,Bottom Center) , cLock Widget , CLock And Alarm Customizations , Weather Panel Customizations , Calender Events , LockScreen , Lockscreen Shortcuts , Choose upto 5 Shortcuts , 100 Icons for Shortcuts , Quick Slider Shortcuts , Notification Drawer , Weather Display Switch , Quick Settings , Choice to Add 20 Tiles , Enable 2/3/4 Tiles per Row , Enable Disable Birghtness Slider in Notification Panel , Advanced Location Settings Switch(Choose Battery saving/Device Only/High Accuracy Directly in Notification Panel) , LongPress Toogles to Enter Settings , Buttons , Backlight Timer , Backlight Strength , Navigation Bar left/Right handed mode Switch , Power Menu , Power Menu End Calls Switch , Volume Buttons , Wake Up Device , Playback Control , Keyboard Cursor Control , Swap Buttons on Landscape mode , Perfomance Profiles , LCD Density , Expanded Desktop Mode , All New CM Audio FX App , Heads Up Customizations , Overall Smoothness Improvements , Quick Unlock , Optimizations to Improve Battery , ALL cm13 Features

Antivirus for Android tablets are must have

Android operating system dominates the smartphone and tablet space. Infact, more than 85 percent of all smartphones run android. Same can be said about the tablets which are dominated by Samsung Galaxy Tabs which run android as well. Recently, there has been an increase of malware which can send your private photos and information back to the hacker. For this, the user needs to install an antivirus application that can protect your android tablet or phone from harmful apps and games.

Antivirus for Android tablets (3)

The one we recommend to our users is the AVG Antivirus. To download it, just search for AVG antivirus in the google playstore and download it. It is compact in size and does not take more than a minute to download and install.

The first thing to do after installing the AVG antivirus for android is do a full scan of your phone. Simply tap the big orange button to commence scanning of your phone. The application is capable of scanning both internal and external storage so that this. This is an important step as you would want to free your phone from any existing virus, Trojan or malware.

Antivirus for Android tablets (2)

The AVG antivirus runs in the background without bogging down your phone. It keeps an eye on the activities of the applications and games you’ve installed. If an app is trying to send your PIM or personal data back to the developer or hacker, it alerts you and blocks that attempt.

It also has Wi-Fi security scan feature where it prevents you from connecting to unsecured wifi networks or networks with poor security. Such networks are often associated with stealing your phone’s information and sending it back to the hacker.

Antivirus for Android tablets (1)

AVG antivirus keeps an eye on the security settings of your android tablet or phone and makes sure they are in order. If something is lacking or potentially hazardous, it alerts you and guides you in improving the security. It comes with several other useful features as well. Our favorite is Vault where you can hide your private photo collection from other users. Photos stored in the vault are hidden from the android’s file system and do not appear in the photos or gallery application.

Verdict – AVG antivirus is a must-have application for all android tablet and phone users. If you do not have it onboard, you are putting information stored on your device at risk.

Download Pixel UI for Galaxy Tab 2

Pixel UI was first launched with the Google Pixel series of phones. That has been ported to the old Samsung tablet, the Tab 2. It requires you to root Galaxy Tab 2 and have custom ROM installed. The developer who has ported the Pixel UI to the Galaxy Tab 2 says that you will need any Tab 2 ROM running Android 5 or higher. You will also need to have Xposed framework installed.

Download Pixel UI for Galaxy Tab 2

Also, you will need Galaxy Tab 2 custom recovery like TWRP or CWM installed as well. That is quite obvious since we would be tinkering with the system files. Before you proceed, make sure to create a backup of all the files. Here are the installation instructions for installing Pixel UI onto the Samsung galaxy tab 2 android tablet.

1. Install Android N-ify Xposed module from here.
2. Activate the module
3. Reboot your device
4. Install and apply Pixel theme using CM Theme Engine
5. (optional) Install XPOSED Pixel Navigation Bar

That is it – you have downloaded and installed Pixel user interface. This feel so much more stock than the slower Samsung’s touchwiz user interface that bogs down the entire system in a big way.

Download Tab S3 TWRP: Custom recovery for SM-T820 T825

You will now be able to do all sorts of mods and root Tab S3 as TWRP custom recovery is available for download for this Samsung android tablet. Available for both SM-T820 and T825 models, this TWRP custom recovery is v3.1.0.0 which is the latest version available right now.

Download Tab S3 TWRP

While Tab S3 TWRP recovery is still in beta state, everything is working as expected. Only the F2FS support is missing and the developers behind TWRP are working hard to add it in upcoming release but other than that, everything is working.

List of what is working – MTP working; ADB working; SEANDROID warning fix; TWRP and Kernel built from latest source; NTFS support and TWRP app support.

Before you start, go to settings > developer options > OEM unlocking. If you do not see developer options, go to about and press build number few times. To flash TWRP for Tab S3, download the flashable TWRP file from here. Download ODIN as well. Fire it p and put the TWRP file in AP. Then put the S3 in download mode by pressing vol down and power button together for few seconds.

  • twrp for t820 – link
  • twrp for t825 – link

Connect your android tablet to the computer and click on the Start button to commence the flashing process. It will take only a few seconds for the flashing to complete. Reboot and do whatever you want to do with it.

Debloat and Disable app list for Galaxy Tab S3 7.0

Unlike other smartphone companies, Samsung phones come with a lot of junk applications preloaded. And unless, you are an semi-expert phone user, you have no idea that you can disable them or remove that by rooting Tab S3 and then installing uninstalling system app from play store.

Debloat and Disable app list for Galaxy Tab S3 7.0

We have just got hold of an Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and we were blown away by the amount of bloatware bundled with this very tablet. So, we have made a list of those applications that you can disable without affecting the working of the system software. You can also uninstall them later.

BeaconManager – com.samsung.android.beaconmanager
Briefing – flipboard.boxer.app
Calculator – com.sec.android.app.popupcalculator
Calendar – com.samsung.android.calendar
CarmodeStub – com.samsung.android.drivelink.stub
Clock – com.sec.android.app.clockpackage
CloudGateway – com.samsung.android.slinkcloud
Contacts – com.samsung.android.contacts
Email – com.samsung.android.email.provider
Excel – com.microsoft.office.excel
Finder – com.samsung.android.app.galaxyfinder
Galaxy Essentials Widget – com.sec.android.widgetapp.samsungapps
Gallery – com.sec.android.gallery3d
Game Launcher – com.samsung.android.game.gamehome
My Files – com.sec.android.app.myfiles
Nearby devices – com.samsung.android.nearby.mediaserver
Nearby Service – com.samsung.android.allshare.service.mediashare
OneDrive – com.microsoft.skydrive
PEN.UP – com.sec.penup
PowerPoint – com.microsoft.office.powerpoint
Quick connect – com.samsung.android.oneconnect
Recolor – com.sumoing.recolor
Samsung Billing – com.sec.android.app.billing
Samsung Flow – com.samsung.android.galaxycontinuity
Samsung text-to-speech engine – com.samsung.SMT
Samsung+ – com.samsung.oh
Skype – com.skype.raider
Smart Switch – com.sec.android.easyMover.Agent
Texture – com.nim.discovery
Weather – com.sec.android.daemonapp
Weather forecast – com.samsung.android.weather
withTV – com.samsung.android.app.withtv
Word – com.microsoft.office.word

Galaxy Tab S3 S-note, Game Tuner, Internet: Download missing Samsung Tab S3 Snote, Game Tuner and Internet apps

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is the latest android tablet from the Korean giant but the company has deliberately removed some important applications. This includes S-Note, S-note widget, Game tuner and even Samsung’s own internet browser. So, if you are used to a particular app on your Samsung smartphone, you won’t find them on your android tablet.

Galaxy Tab S3 S-note, Game Tuner, Internet

One of our readers was able to download them on his Samsung phone via Galaxy Apps and then extracted the APK, and made them available to all Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 users.

To install them on your tablet, just download and install them- just like any other APK file. Make sure unknown sources are ticked in settings to allow APK installation.

1. S-Note v5.2  – download link
Far better than ‘Samsung Notes’ which comes preloaded. For example just compare the resolution of drawing/writing with the S-pen.

2. S-Note extension pack – download link
Adds features to S-Note such as extended toolbar, shape recognition, sketch recording etc.

3. S-Note widget – download link
Note widget for your home screen.

4. S-Note templates – download link
Templates for S-Note. May be useful to someone.

5. Game Tuner – download link
Change the resolution/fps of games. Handy as the S3 seems to default to a lower resolution.

6. Samsung Internet Beta – Preview the latest release of the Samsung browser. Here is its download link.

Most Stable Android 6 Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 ROM: Tab 8.4 Marshmallow ROM Download

Slim ROM is available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 and it is being touted as one of the most stable android 6 marshmallow ROMs for the android tablet. Plus, this android 6 ROM comes with a host of enhancements and useful features.

Tab 8.4 android 6 Marshmallow ROM Download

The Android 6 Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 ROM is based on AOSP project so everything is similar to what you get on stock android, making it very similar to CM11 Tab 8.4 ROMs.

* Slim Navbar & Hardware key rebinding – Single tap action, long press action, double tap action.-We’ve got you covered.
* Slim Actions & Chamber of secrets – Customize your device to the fullest – You’re a wizard.
* SlimRecents – A Faster alternative to stock recents -Your device, your choice.
* SlimLauncher – An Open source, feature filled launcher.Make yourself at home
* Status bar customizations – Clock and Date? Battery?

Here is how to install this android 6 marshmallow ROM:

Download ROM and Gapps
Put them on your sdcard
Boot to tab 8.4 twrp recovery
Wipe data, cache, and dalvik
Flash ROM
Flash Gapps
Reboot, setup and enjoy

And once you are on this ROM, the developer pushes out regular updates. To fetch those updates, follow these steps.

* Download ROM and Gapps, Put them on your sdcard
* Boot to recovery and Wipe cache and dalvik
* Flash ROM; Flash Gapps, Reboot

Android 6 Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 ROM: Samsung Tab Pro Marshmallow Firmware Download – Download Vanilla Tab Pro 8.4 ROM

If you are looking for a simple, stable ROM for your Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, you should check out the Vanilla Unicorn android 6 Marshmallow ROM. Since this is vanilla, there is no Samsung TouchWiz user interface onboard that will slow down your android tablet.

Tab Pro Marshmallow Firmware Download

To flash this Samsung Tab Pro Marshmallow Firmware, download the ROM from here and copy it to your tablet’s microSD card. Also copy the gapps since this does not come with any. Then, go into TWRP Tab Pro 8.4 custom recovery and do a full wipe. Then, flash the ROM followed by gapps. Now reboot and enjoy the Android 6 Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 ROM.

Here is the feature list of  Vanilla Tab Pro 8.4 ROM:

Theme Engine
Status Bar (battery, clock, date, etc)
Hide superuser icon
Disable heads up
SELinux switch
RAM usage bar
Live Display
Lock screen tweaks
Nav bar customization (dimensions, layout, etc)
Hardware keys actions
Ambient display and wake gestures

Since the ROM comes pre-rooted, there is no need to root it again.

Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Android 7 Nougat ROM firmware available for download

An unofficial Android 7 Nougat ROM is available for download courtesy of folks at xda developers. Before you install this Nougat ROM on your Samsung tablet, you need to ensure you have Android lollipop bootloader as otherwise, your Tab Pro won’t boot. To install it, you will need Tab Pro 12.2 TWRP (link) and ODIN on PC.

Download Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Android 7 Nougat ROM Firmware

1. Make sure you have a full backup because just in case you something fails. Here are the steps to flash this via ODIN. Download ROM from here.
2. Reboot your tablet into download mode. Do this by first switching off the phone, then pressing and holding the volume down + home button together and then pressing the power button. Press volume up button to enter download mode.
3. Open ODIN on your computer. You will see the ID:COM box turning yellow with a COM port number upon successful connection with the tablet.
4. In ODIN click the BL button, select the bootloader firmware. It’s a tar file.
Make sure Auto Reboot & F. Reset Time options are selected in ODIN
5. Click on the start button. When the process is completed your phone will reboot. You can install gapps later via TWRP. Flash this ZIP file in recovery before booting.

Also if you see an error about recovery or kernel, it is safe to ignore it. This error is due to fact you have installed a custom ROM.

Evolution of Galaxy Tab tablets

Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets were introduced immediately after the launch of the Apple iPad. It was Korean’s giant answer to the iPad which brought revolution to the world of tablets. The first Samsung android tablet to hit the market was the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Galaxy Tab 10.1

This was quite a revolutionary product at the time. It had beautiful and large 10.1 inch screen with 1280×800 pixel resolution. It had built in 3G to keep you connected on the move. Storage was 16GB which was enough in 2011. It was thinner than the first generation iPad and it sold in huge numbers. This was mainly due to the fact that people were waiting for an android tablet that could give iPad a run for its money.

A lot of people were buying it just because they could watch videos and sports on the move. People like to watch football, cricket, golf on their big screen tablets like Galaxy Tab. You can only enjoy so much on a tiny screen of iPhone and the experience on a Samsung Galaxy Tab is miles better. If you are into sports betting, your experience will be better as you have a bigger display and a bigger onscreen software keyboard to play with. The future of sports betting is definitely mobile, especially on galaxy tab tablets since they too run android operating system. This very OS is on the verge of becoming the most popular operating system.

Galaxy Tab comes with various live streaming betting apps which lets you increase or decrease your bets depending on your favorite team’s ongoing game play. Bettors are able to stream any match or game they wager on. There are some betting apps for galaxy tab that let you listen to audio-only commentary as well which is useful if you are in low data converge area. Pair that with a wearable and you could be best in your business.

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

After the first generation Samsung Galaxy Tab, the company released Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 along with few other smaller tablets with 8.9 and 7.7 inch screens. These did not get good response from users as Samsung did not increase the RAM which was expected. It was still 1GB which was just not enough to run multiple applications concurrently.

Samsung figured this out and released Galaxy Tab 3 with 2GB RAM. This very model came with three screen options – 7”, 8” and 10.1”. All enjoyed excellent response and sold in good numbers as well.

User experience with the Galaxy Tab tablets improved as the advancements in processors, memory management and operating system were done. For instance, the Android honeycomb had special focus on tablets and this made the tablets more useful. There were apps that were made for tablets’ big screen, resolution and screen real estate in mind and all these things made the end user experience much better.

Create Swap on Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 to boost performance

Samsung got a lot of controversy when they released the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 android tablet with a gig of memory. While we cannot upgrade the RAM as it is on the chipset, it is possible to get create a virtual memory or a swap that will give you better performance while doing multitasking and memory hogging operations. This process requires you to root your Tab 3 10.1 as you will be making changes in system files.

Create Swap on Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

Here are the steps on how to do it.

1. Create a swap file.
2. Create a script file to run at boot from your /system/etc/init.d directory.
3. Create a android system with 1GB of RAM and 1GB of swap file virtual memory.

And below we have explained the entire steps in detail.

Download terminal emulator from play store. Open it and type in these commands.

su
cd /system
mount -o rw,remount /system
dd if=/dev/zero of=swapfile bs=1m count=600
mkswap swapfile
chmod 755 swapfile

Now, we will be creating a script that will execute at boot everytime you use the tablet. For this, I used an app called quickedit which is available for free from playstore. Make a new file by the name of ‘swap’ and save it in /sdcard.

mount -o rw,remount /system
swapon /system/swapfile

Go back to terminal and type these commands.

mv /sdcard/swap /system/etc/init.d
chmod 755 /system/etc/init.d/swap

Reboot and swap file will be created.