February 20, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
The leader and namesake of CyanogenMod has announced the availability of a pre-alpha version of CM9 for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi only model. The software is meant only to be a preview of what’s to come; however, according to Cyanogen, the camera is the only thing that doesn’t work yet. I rarely use my tablet camera so that seems like a fair trade to get an early look at CM9.
CM9 is available for rooted Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi tablets. This is for the GT-P7510 model and shouldn’t be applied to other devices. Users with the GT-P7510 tab can flash the recovery.img with fastboot available here, then flash the ROM in recovery mode. As always, there is no support for the pre-alpha, so don’t go crazy trying to submit bug reports or complaining if you notice something out of whack. Those issues with be ironed out later releases.
Samsung will likely upgrade the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Android 4.0, but we don’t know exactly when that will take place. And when the tablet is upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, it will use Sammy’s personal UI flavor. If you’d like to see something closer to stock whose availability is closer to now, perhaps you ought to consider CyanogenMod 9.
And if you like what you see, consider donating to the CyanogenMod fund. The group recently launched a campaign seeking donations to pay for the servers required to distribute so much data to users. The goal was quickly met, but it was a reminder that more than a million people have better devices thanks to CyanogenMod. Drop in a few bucks to say thanks.