A new Android v4.4.2 KitKat OmniROM Custom Firmware has been made availble for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100.

The new custom ROM is based on the v4.4.2 KitKat OS and brings in loads of latest Android features, like more organized message grouping (all mms, audio messages and sms can now be found under one roof called 'Hangouts'), quick access to Settings, Quickoffice Word document app, Immersive display, Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile) and many more.

Pre-requisites (things to remember before installating custom ROM in the smartphone):

  • Though custom ROM gives unrestricted powers (options) to the device, it is a two-edged sword- once installed, smartphone company's warranty stands void and will no longer be liable for future updates [warranty can be restored simply by flashing the device with stock-ROM].
  • This custom ROM has to installed only on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100
  • [To check your model: Go to Settings >> About tablet >> model number ]
  • Rooting of devices leads to complete data wipe out, so make sure to back all the data.
  • Users make sure you have installed USB drivers on the PC to connect your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100.
  • One of the main pre-requisite before installing custom ROM is that the phone must be rooted and must have installed ClockworkMod Recovery / TWRP.
  • Make sure your smartphone has more than 80-percent battery.

[Disclaimer: This procedure is very technical and should be performed by a person with sound knowledge of rooting (or manual software installation) of Android devices. If the step-by-step installation process is not followed properly, there are chances of the smartphone getting bricked or it may even lead to the device 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 smartphone gets bricked. Hence users are advised to proceed with caution.]

Step-by-step installation procedure of Android v4.4.2 KitKat OmniROM Custom firmware for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100:

Step 1: Download Android v4.4.2 KitKat OmniROMCustom Firmware (here) and Google Apps (here) in to your PC.

Step 2: Connect Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100 to PC via USB chord.

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

Step 3: Then, place Android v4.4.2 OmniROM zip file and Google Apps .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, make sure the device is already rooted and must have installed ClockworkMod Recovery, if not download here]

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 (down)' and 'power' buttons.

Step 6: After entering ClockworkMod Recovery mode, perform full data wipe, by choosing '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 selecting '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 ]

Step 9: Again 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 4.4.2 ROM .zip file in SD card and enter the installation process. Again repeat the same procedure to install Gapps (Google Apps) file [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-boot the device opting 'reboot system now' seen in the recovery menu.

Now, your device (Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100) will take a minimum five minutes to complete the booting process. Users then head to Settings >> select About tablet to confirm the installation of custom firmware Android 4.4.2 KitKat OmniROM.

[Credits: Team Android]