The official Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software update with base firmware XXDMH1 has released for the 3G + Wi-Fi version of Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 bearing model number GT-P5100. The first lucky users to receive the update are from France. Users can grab the update via OTA and through Samsung Kies server. As the XXDMH1 is an unbranded version of firmware, it can be installed on any unlocked GT-P5100 units.
Click here for our step-by-step guide to install XXDMH1 Android 4.2.2 on Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100.
Those who have updated their Galaxy tablet to the latest official build may follow our guide to root the same. The tutorial uses CF-Auto-Root package by XDA developer, Chainfire. CF-Auto-Root is firmware independent, it supports Android 4.2.2 and future firmware as well.
It should be noted this root increases flash counter, which keeps track on the custom firmwares flashed on the tablet, as this voids warranty. However, using Triangle Away app, users can reset the binary counter after flashing the root package.
IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Users are advised to verify that their devices meet following requirements.
1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to transfer files between the Android device and computer.
2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the tablet to connect the Android device with the computer and use the Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option then check USB Debugging Mode.]
3) As the tutorial might wipe out all data of the Galaxy tablet, create a backup. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP already installed then backup the data using the recovery.
4) The Galaxy Tab should have above 80% battery charge.
5) The device should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.
6) The tablet will lose its manufacturer's warranty once it is rooted but users can reclaim the warranty back by unrooting the device later.
7) The CF-Auto-Root file works only on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100. As applying this to any incorrect variant might brick the device, verify the model number of the Galaxy device by selecting Settings>> About tablet>> Model number.
Steps to root Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 GT-P5100 on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Step-1: Download CF-Auto-Root package for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to computer
Step-2: Extract the downloaded root zip to get CF-Auto-Root-espresso10rf-espresso10rfxx-gtp5100.tar.md5 file within it
Step-3: Download Odin 3.07. Extract the Odin zip to get Odin3 v3.07.exe with some other files
Step-4: Turn off the Galaxy tablet and wait for five to six seconds for vibration to confirm complete power off
Step-5: Place the tablet it into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot icon with a warning triangle appears on the screen. Now press the Volume Up button to continue to enter into Download Mode
Step-6: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as Administrator
Step-7: Plug in the USB cable to the Galaxy Tab to connect it with the computer while it is in Download Mode. Wait for some time until Odin detects the tablet. When the device is connected successfully, an Added message will appear under Odin message box. Also, the ID: COM box will turn blue with the COM port number indicating successful connection
Note: If the Added message does not come then try another USB port, try the one located at the back side of the computer. If Odin still fails to detect the device then re-install USB driver.
Step-8: In Odin, click the PDA button and select CF-Auto-Root-espresso10rf-espresso10rfxx-gtp5100.tar.md5 file
Step-9: Verify Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin. But uncheck Re-Partition option
Step-10: Click the Start button in Odin to begin installation
Step-11: When the flashing process is completed, the tablet will restart automatically. And soon a PASS message with green background will appear in the extreme-left box at the top of Odin. Now safely unplug the USB cable from the tablet to disconnect it from computer
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware should now be rooted successfully. Users may install any app that requires root permission. Also to verify the root status, install Root Checker app from Google Play Store.
[Source: Honai of Android]