Galaxy Tab 2 users can now enjoy the latest iteration of Jelly Bean software (Android 4.3) on their handsets, thanks to the nightly build release of CyanogenMod 10.2 (CM10.2) ROM by CM team. The CM10.2 ROM is based on the original Android Open Source Project (AOSP) release, which offers a very fast and stable Jelly Bean experience on latest Android 4.3 platform.

Head over to the XDA Developers source page (check link below) to learn more about this ROM.

Key Points to Note

  • The CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM and the instructions provided are limited to Galaxy Tab 2 P3100, P3110 and P3113 models only. Verify device model number by navigating to Settings > About Tablet.
  • Back up data and settings using a recommended custom recovery tool such as ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as data wiping process is mandatory in this tutorial.
  • Download and install the correct USB drivers for Galaxy Tab 2 on computer.
  • Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on tablet by navigating to Settings > Applications > Development or Settings > Developer Options.
  • Double-check that device has at least 80% battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing ROM.
  • Verify if the device is unlocked (not locked to specific carrier) and rooted with ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) installed.
  • If device is stuck at booting or experiences boot loop issues, Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe Dalvik Cache a few more times before rebooting.
  • Allow newly installed ROM to stabilise for five minutes before using the device.
  • If a Status 7 error message flashes while installing firmware, it could be due to an incompatible device or absence of a necessary kernel (for instance, a Jelly Bean Kernel must be installed before installing any Jelly Bean ROM).

Steps to Install Android 4.3 Jelly Bean via CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Step-1: Download Android 4.3 CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM for Galaxy Tab 2 P3100 and P3110. Also download Google Apps on computer.

NOTE: P3113 users should use the CM10.2 build available for Galaxy Tab 2 P3110 in the link above.

Step-2: Connect the tablet to computer via USB cable. Without extracting the zip file, copy the downloaded firmware zip to the root folder on tablet's SD card.

Step-3: Disconnect the tablet from computer and then Power it off.

Step-4: Boot the tablet into recovery mode by pressing and holding Volume Up and Power buttons together. The recovery mode will appear soon.

Note: In recovery mode, use Volume buttons to navigate between options and Power button to select the desired option.

Step-5: In recovery mode first perform a Nandroid backup of the existing ROM which can be restored later if the new ROM does not work or users want to return to the previous firmware. To perform a Nandroid backup, select Backup and Restore then select Backup again on the next screen. When backup is completed return to the main recovery menu.

Step-6: Perform data wiping task to eliminate clash between the new ROM and the previous ROM. Select wipe data/factory reset then select Yes on the next screen to confirm the action. Then select wipe cache partition and after the wiping process completes select Wipe Dalvik Cache under advance option. Once the wiping process is done, go back to the recovery menu.

Step-7: Select Install Zip from SD card then select Choose Zip from SD card. Now locate the Android 4.3 CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM zip which was earlier copied to the tablet's SD card. Press the Power button to select it and confirm installation on next screen.

Step-8: Once the installation process is completed, return to the main recovery menu and reboot the tablet by choosing reboot system now. The first boot will take some time.

The Galaxy Tab 2 should now be successfully updated with Android 4.3 CyanogenMod 10.2 ROM. Navigate to Settings >> About Tablet >> Software info to verify the new firmware running on the device.

Note: To go back to the previous ROM, boot the device into recovery mode. Then select Backup and Restore and restore the ROM by selecting it from the list.

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[Source: XDA Developers]