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.

Download Galaxy Tab 8.9 Android 7 Nougat ROM

Android 7 Nougat ROM is available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 P7310. This tablet was long put into unsupported list by Samsung but thanks to XDA, one is able to get latest android on it. It comes pre-rooted so there is no need to root Tab 8.9 again. It even comes with busy box installed along with initd scripts. Before you move ahead and install this ROM, keep in mind that Galaxy Tab 8.9 Android 7 Nougat ROM is meant only for the Wi-Fi model which bears model number, GT-P7310.

Download Galaxy Tab 8.9 Android 7 Nougat ROM

A custom kernel is also installed along-side this new android 7 ROM for the Galaxy tab android tablet. One of the best features of this new kernel is the ability to overclock Tab 8.9 to squeeze out more performance. It is also possible to overclock the GPU for better gaming performance. Here is the complete list of the kernel.

CPU overclock (1.2Ghz – 1.4Ghz)
CPU voltage control
CPU temperature readings
GPU overclock (400Mhz)
L2 cache optimization
F2FS
SELinux
Voodoo Sound
USB Charging
Updated WIFI driver
ZRAM backports
sdcardfs

Everything is working except for the camera but since not a lot of us use camera on our tablets, this bug really won’t bother us that much. Here are the installation instructions to install this ROM.

* Backup all data. This is not needed if there is nothing important on your tablet.
* Install TWRP 3.0 or newer
* Wipe cache, dalvik cache, system, data
* Install the ROM. You can download it from here.
* Optional steps: Install gapps pico and phh Superuser from here.
* Boot the ROM. Enable on screen keyboard by toggling "Show input method".

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 CM13 Cyanogen Mod 13 Android 6 Marshmallow ROM available for download

Aftermarket firmware for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is available. It is available in cyanogens mod flavour which means you get vanilla android with no bloatware or skin installed. You get Google’s own launcher that is fast, light and smoother as well. To install the cm13 on your Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, you will need a custom recovery for tab 3 10.1 android tablet.

Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 cm13

Here are the features of this amazing firmware.

Automatic brightness
Change Color profile
Change mDNIe scenario
Enable/disable mDNIe negative mode
Multiuser
Enable/disable capacitive keys
Change capacitive keys width
Buttons backlight on screen touch or key touch only
Smart cover lock/unlock
F2FS and exFAT support
Houdini (allows to install arm only apps on this x86 device)
Updated ZRAM support with LZ4 compression for maximum memory and speed
Updated Xbox Controller driver
Updated interactive CPU governor
Available CPU governors: powersave, interactive, performance, ondemand
Available I/O schedulers: noop, deadline, cfq, bfq (v7r8), fiops
Available battery modes (CM power profiles): power save, balanced, performance

The only thing that is not working with this ROM is chromecast, permissive SElinux and level 1 DVD hardware security.

After the installation of this ROM, you may want to root your android tablet. You can do so by following these instructions.

* Go to ‘Settings/About tablet’
* Tap 7 times on ‘Build number’. Go back. Go to ‘Developer options’
* Tap on ‘Root access’ and select ‘Apps only’.

Here are the installation instructions.

Copy ROM to SDCard
Copy Houdini to SDCard
Copy GApps to SDCard
Boot into recovery
Backup EFS partition
Wipe -> Advanced Wipe -> Dalvik Cache + System + Cache + Data
Install ROM
Install Houdini
Install GApps
Reboot
First start takes a long time .

Custom XDA Kitkat T113 ROM for Galaxy Tab 3 Lite: Knox free Tab 3 Lite 7.0 firmware: Light ROM for Tab 3 Lite 7.0

A custom firmware from XDA that is based on android kitkat 4.4.1 is available for the cheap android tablet, Samsung Galaxy tab Lite 7.0. It is based on T113XXU0APH5 and totally debloated which means you won’t find any useless application on it and thus, more free storage. It knox-free and even has the official Samsung update removed.

Custom XDA Kitkat T113 ROM for Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

This ROM is great for those who are looking for a lite ROM that is non bloated like the stock ROM. Everything is working on this ROM. The developer has removed boot sound and comes pre rooted with super SU. Infact, busybox comes preinstalled on it. Over the stock ROM, scrolling is better and so is the video acceleration and hardware debugging. RAM management is better too.

Installation instructions:

* Install TWRP for Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0
* Copy the zip FyrestoneROM_T113_XXXXX into your SD Card.
* Reboot into Recovery mode.
* Wipe System, Data, Cache, Dalvik.
* Optional – Wipe Internal Storage.
* Install FyrestoneROM_T113_XXXXX.
* Reboot and wait about 5 minutes.

SM-T810 Lineage OS for Galaxy Tab S2

Lineage OS which is based on latest Clockwork Mod 14.1 is available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 android tablet and it is truly amazing if you are looking for something new. Everything si working except the fingerprint scanner, microphone and compass. Installation instructions are given below.

SM-T810 Lineage OS

If you haven’t run stock Android 6.x, flash that first with odin. (image won’t boot without this step)
If you don’t have Tab S2 TWRP yet, get it from here.
Download the latest version of ROM from here and the Gapps that are located below to your device
Reboot into TWRP by holding VOL UP + POWER + HOME on boot
In case things go wrong make a backup
After the backup has completed return to home and select Wipe and then Advanced Wipe
Now ONLY tick Dalvik Cache, System, Data and Cache
After ticking those, Swipe below to wipe
Once the wipe has completed return to home and select the ROM
After you selected the ROM swipe below to install it
After the ROM has installed flash the Gapps
When all of this is done, reboot into system, wait, and enjoy LineageOS 14.1

How to ROOT
* In LineageOS 14.1 Enable the developer options
* Select Root access
* Select Apps Only. Done

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 overclocking guide

Thunderoar kernel for SM-T113 Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 Wifi is now available that lets you overclock it. This is great since the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is not a powerful performer. The only bug is that camera would not work after installing this custom kernel. Here are the features of this kernel.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 overcloking guide

Overclocked upto 1650MHz
Deffered Timer
USB Fast Charge
Frandom
Powersuspend for battery life/saving
QuickWakeup for battery life/saving
CPU Boost driver
Dynamic Sync Control
Fsync control on/off
Voltage Tweak
NVS hibernate driver
LZ4 compression support
Snappy compression library (v3)

Added scheduler:
Deadline, cfq,
sio, sio-plus I/O scheduler
Added CPU governors:
darkness, sprdemand, powersave, conservative,
userspace, ondemand, lagfree, adaptive, intelliactive,  minmax

Installation instructions:

* Download the kernel from here
* Choose the latest version
* Reboot into recovery (recommended to make a nandroid)
* Flash the kernel zip and reboot.

Download Sailfish for Galaxy Tab 2 3G P5100 P3100

Sailfish OS is now available for download for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 3G variants and this includes both P5100 and P3100. Its developer clearly states that is not meant for daily use. After installing the Sailfish on your Samsung tablet, follow these tricks.

Download Sailfish for Galaxy Tab 2 3G P5100 P3100

1. Connect to internet via wi-fi/mobile data/USB
2. Browser:
zypper mr -d adaptation0
zypper ar https://sailfish.openrepos.net/sailfish_browser_nightly/personal/main sailfish_browser_nightly
zypper ref sailfish_browser_nightly
zypper dup –from sailfish_browser_nightly
kill -9 $(pidof booster-browser)
3. Warehouse:
zypper ar https://sailfish.openrepos.net/basil/personal/main basil
zypper ref basil
zypper in harbour-warehouse

Prerequisites:
* Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 3G (p5100 or p3100)
* Installed latest Tab 2 TWRP recovery
* Downloaded CyanogenMod 12.1 and Sailfish OS from here.
* The basic linux & android knowledge

Installation:
* Place downloaded cm and sfos to /sdcard
* Reboot to recovery. You are suggested to make a backup from here if you want.
* Wipe and flash CyanogenMod zip, followed by flashing of Sailfish OS zip. Reboot

What works:
* Modem (calls/sms/mobile network)
* Wi-Fi
* Bluetooth
* Audio
* Camera, Audio/Video playback and GPS