Do you want to try a cool custom ROM on your Galaxy Tab 2? But what about a cool Android 4.4.2 KitKat based firmware? Of course you want, as who wouldn’t be interested in testing and trying the latest Android features on the Galaxy Tab 2 Android tablet? Well, for being able to do so you will have to complete this step by step guide. By using the guidelines from below you will be able to learn how to install the SenSonic HD custom ROM and update your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (the 7 inch model) to Android 4.4.2 KitKat software.
Currently Galaxy Tab 2 is running on Jelly Bean firmware and there is no words about an Android 4.4.2 OTA update what so ever. So, because of that, and no only, you should try the SenSonic HD custom ROM. The update is based on official KitKat OS and brings cool and useful features and capabilities to your tablet (for example you will get PIE controls, unlimited multi-windows, Dark UI and some very cool fonts). But that’s not all, as the firmware comes with many other enhancements and also with a redesigned Android 4.4.2 UI.
SenSonic HD is also stable and comes without bugs or things that aren’t working properly. Those who have installed the update on the Galaxy Tab 2 declared that the software is running without lags and you can safely flash the firmware for daily use. Of course it should be clear for you that SenSonic HD isn’t representing an official Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. The custom ROM hasn’t been released by Samsung for your Galaxy Tab 2 as the platform has been developed by third party devs – we should thanks those of xda-developers in that matter.
Since this is not an official update, the installation procedure is also unofficial. So, be careful when applying this tutorial and try not to mess things up. Complete the steps from below only after reading the whole guide and don’t perform things without consulting the guidelines presented here. If something bad happens, you can end up in bricking your Android device.
As I have mentioned before, SenSonic HD is a cool Android 4.4.2 based firmware that can be installed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. The ROM is bringing both stock and extra features and capabilities that can then be used for improving the performances of your tablet. With this firmware you will be able to bump the speeds, upgrade the battery life, personalize your Android device and redesign the Android system. SenSonic HD has been customized and optimized especially for your Tab 2, so the same is smoothly running on the mentioned tablet.
Since this is a custom ROM and since the flashing operation isn’t official, for being able to complete the same you will first have to root your Samsung device – use a one-click root solution in that matter. Do gain root access as without completing this step, the SenSonic HD can’t be flashed. Also, gaining root is the first step to apply when looking forward in tweaking your Android device, so if you are an advance Android use, this operation isn’t an option for you. Do note that when rooting the Tab 2 warranty will get void. In order to restore the same you will then have to downgrade your tablet to stock Android Jelly Bean firmware, or you will have to flash an OTA update.
After gaining root access you will have to replace the stock recovery image with a custom one. Do that because SenSonic HD Android 4.4.2 OS can be flashed only by using the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery. Also, a wipe will be required – this will also be applied via custom recovery image. Without wiping the system your Tab 2 will not be able to run the new OS. What you need to know though is that when wiping the system, the data which is saved on the internal storage memory will be erased.
So, because of that a backup is highly recommended. You can make a backup for saving your contacts, your texts, the market apps, recent saves, personal info, data and accounts and so on. The backup can be anytime performed by using dedicated apps from Google Play. Also, for ensuring that everything goes as planned you should make a Nandroid backup too – in this way you will be saving the current ROM which is quite important.
On the other hand, a computer will be required. On the computer you will use you then have to uninstall the security programs, like antivirus or antimalware – or temporarily disable the security protection. After that, on your tablet you need to go to “menu – settings – developer options” and check the USB debugging option – else you won’t be able to establish a proper connection between your Tab 2 and your computer. Plug in the charger as if your tablet gets turned off in the middle of the flashing process, it might get also bricked. Do note that this tutorial is compatible with the 7 inch model of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 – SenSonic HD Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware has been made available only for the mentioned Android device.
- On your computer download the update file – go to this page.
- Also download Google apps package (from here) because you need to flash it manually – it is not included on the update package.
- Don’t unzip these files; place it on desktop.
- Then connect your Tab 2 with your computer – use the USB cord.
- Once the connection established, transfer the files from desktop and place it on your tablet’s SD card.
- Unplug the USB cable.
- Turn off your device.
- Reboot your Android tablet in recovery mode.
- Then wipe the system and clear cache.
- Just select “wipe data factory reset”.
- Then choose “wipe cache partition”; pick “advance” and select “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Go back to recovery mode main menu.
- Select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS and flash the firmware on your Galaxy Tab 2.
- Similar, repeat the process and flash Google Apps package.
- Go back to recovery mode and select “reboot system now”.
Congratulations; you have learned how to update the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS. Now SenSonic HD custom ROM firmware is running on your tablet; the best will be to test the new software. If there are bugs or if you find something that isn’t running as expected, share the issues with us by using the comments field from below – we will try to assist you as soon as possible.