A firmware update - Android 4.0.4 XXBLH2 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) - has been released for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (model number P5100), according to Team Android. The file brings security updates, battery enhancements and improvement in overall performances, among a host of bug fixes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 can be now updated to Android 4.0.4. Samsung

Samsung have yet to reveal an Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for its Galaxy tablets. Therefore, this remains the most advanced Android option available to Samsung users and if you want to install the latest version of ICS, simply follow these steps.

IBTimes UKadvises its users to back-up all important data (including APN settings) before proceeding. Ensure also a minimum of 80 percent battery charge, the device is factory unlocked and you have downloaded USB drivers for the Tab 2 10.1 (USB debugging must be enabled - follow steps here). Finally, remember this firmware works only with the Tab 2 10.1 (model number P5100). So please check the model number of your device before proceeding any further.

Steps to Install Android 4.0.4 XXBLH2 to Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

  • Download Android 4.0.4 XXBLH2 and extract file
  • Download Odin v1.85
  • Turn device off and place into Download Mode (simultaneously press Volume Up and Power buttons until a warning message appears; then press Power button to enter Download Mode)
  • Start Odin (on the computer) and connect Tab (while in Download Mode)
  • Inside Odin, select the following files in the order mentioned
    • Click on PDA and select file CODE
    • Click on Phone and select file MODEM
    • Click on CSC and select file CSC
    • Click on PIT and select file .pit
    • Note: Ignore files in last three steps (Modem, CSC and .pit) if not visible
  • Start installation from Odin. This should take a few minutes
  • Upon completion, the Galaxy Tab will re-start and will boot into new firmware

Congratulations... your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is running Android 4.0.4 XXBLH2. You can check version of new software by navigating to Settings > About Tablet.