Samsung has just begun rolling out Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software upgrade for the 3G + Wi-Fi version of Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, code named as GT-P3100, starting from France.
The latest official build with base firmware P3100XXDMG6 is available as Over-The-Air (OTA) update and also through Samsung Kies. Head over to Settings>> About tablet>> Software update to check for OTA update.
The Android 4.2.2 software brings several new features and major changes such as dedicated notification panel in the status bar, lockscreen widgets, multiple user accounts, better accessibility, DayDream, new widgets and launcher from the Galaxy S4. Besides, it is expected to bring improvements in performance and battery life.
Click here for our step-by-step guide to install Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update on Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 P3100.
Those who have already installed XXDMG6 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on their tablets and currently looking for a root method, may follow our guide (Courtesy of Honai of Android). The tutorial uses CF-Auto-Root file released by recognised XDA developer, Chainfire. The root package allows users to root the Galaxy tablet without any difficulty. It supports Android 4.2.2 and future firmware as well.
The root increases flash counter of the device. However, the flash counter can be reset to zero using TriangleAway app, after rooting the device.
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 7.0 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 the 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. However, 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 7.0 P3100. 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 7.0 GT-P3100 on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Step-1: Download CF-Auto-Root package for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 to the computer
Step-2: Extract the downloaded root zip to get CF-Auto-Root-espressorf-espressorfxx-gtp3100.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 boot it into Download Mode. Press and hold Volume Down and Power buttons together until a contrucstion Android robot icon with a triangle appears on the screen. Press the Volume Up button to continue to enter into Download Mode
Step-5: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as an Administrator
Step-6: Plug in the USB cable to the Galaxy Tab to connect it with the computer while it is in the 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-7: In Odin, click the PDA button and select CF-Auto-Root-espressorf-espressorfxx-gtp3100.tar.md5 file
Step-8: Ensure the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin. But uncheck the Re-Partition option
Step-9: Double check everything then hit the Start button in Odin to begin installation
Step-10: 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. Users may now safely unplug the USB cable from the tablet to disconnect it from the computer
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean official firmware should now be rooted successfully. Open the app drawer of the device and check for an app called SuperSU. To verify the root status, install Root Checker app from Google Play Store.