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Popular custom mobile software developers, team CyanogenMod has released the new Android v4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M9 version ROM to the Samsung's 2013 mid-range tablet Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5120 (LTE) model.

The new CM11 M9 custom ROM is based on the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) v4.4.4 KitKat OS and is said to bring customization options to boost device performance, new visual interface, easy access to key apps and loads of personalization options such as-

  • Performance improvement in 'Torch'
  • New Email - with a fix for saving attachments to storage for POP (Post Office Protocol)3 accounts
  • Translation options (developed by CM Crowdin Team)
  • Center clock support
  • Additional Proximity wake-up support option – prevents accidental wake-up of device (when kept in bag or pocket), by using sensor.
  • Safe headset volume prompt option (when interfering with third party device- Jawbone, Square, etc.)
  • Double-tap to sleep when using secure keyboard
  • Spam notification filtering
  • Additional improvements and highlighting option for 'Settings' search
  • Data usage info (additional support for CDMA devices without SIM cards)
  • AVRCP 1.5 disable default option introduced for Bluetooth feature to fix various car unit compatibility issues
  • Bluetooth improvements (adds A2DP profiles)
  • Performance tweaks and many more improvements to enhance user-experience

Prerequisites (things to remember before installing Custom ROM)

  • Though installing custom ROM improves the device's performance and UI experiences, it makes the company warranty void and they will no longer be liable to provide updates in future [users can restore warranty by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
  • Make sure the device is rooted before going forward for custom ROM installation. [Also read: Root Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N5120 LTE with Android 4.4.2 KitKat XXDNE4 via CF-Auto Tool]
  • This new CyanogenMod Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware has to be installed on the Samsung tablet Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5120 (LTE) model only; if tried on other devices, it might get bricked [To check your device model: Go to Settings >> About phone >> model number]
  • Installation of custom ROM requires clearing of memory in the smartphone, so make sure to back all the data by installing Clockwork Mod (CWM) Recovery/ TWRP in the smart device.
  • Make sure to install USB drivers on the PC, or else your device (Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5120) smartphone will not be recognized by the computer.
  • Make sure your device has more than 80 percent battery, or else there is chance of tablet getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted in the mid-way.

[Disclaimer:This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smart device getting bricked or being permanently irreparable. International Business Times, India Edition cannot be held responsible for any damage or claims from readers if the procedure does not yield the required results or if the tablet is bricked. Hence, users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Step-by-step installation procedure of CyanogenMod Android v4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M9 Custom ROM on Samsung tablet Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5120 (LTE) model:

Step 1: Download CyanogenMod Android v4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M9 Custom ROM (here) in to your PC.

Step 2: Connect Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 to PC via USB cord.

[Note: Before plugging the device to the computer, be sure that you have installed USB driver software, if not, click here to download the firmware]

Step 3: Then, place Android v4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M9 Custom ROM zip file into the phone's SD card memory. [Note: Users are advised to paste the .zip file in SD card root, not in any other folder.]

[Note: Before users' begin installing the custom software, be sure that the device must have rooted and has installed ClockworkMod Recovery/TWRP tool.]

Step 4: Now, turn off the device and disconnect from the PC.

Step 5: Then perform the regular Recovery Mode sortie by press holding 'Volume (up)', 'Home' and 'Power' buttons.

Step 6: After entering the RECOVERY mode, clear the device memory, by selecting 'wipe data/factory reset'

[Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options, while operating under Recovery Mode]

Step 7: Now, clear the cache memory by choosing 'wipe cache partition'

Step 8: Then to go back to ClockworkMod recovery, and select 'advanced' and tap 'wipe dalvik cache' [Note: This step is optional, but many recommend this procedure so that user will not face boot loops or any other errors in the middle of custom ROM installation]

Step 9: Come back to main recovery screen and then tap 'install zip from SD card'

Step 10: Then tap 'choose zip from sdcard' and go to Android 4.4.4 ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. [Note: use 'Volume' keys to navigate and 'Power' button to select options]

Step 11: Once done with the installation process, navigate to '+++++Go Back+++++' and re-start the device by opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now, your device (Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0) will take a few minutes to complete the booting process.

Head to Settings >> select About Device to confirm the installation of CyanogenMod Android v4.4.4 KitKat CM11 M9 custom ROM.

[Credits: CyanogenMod.Org]

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