Reflashed! My Galaxy Tab is running CM10 again!

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Here’s a screenshot showing the current version the ROM running in my Galaxy Tab. Also notice that the UI is green instead of the original Holo blue. CM themes work on the latest CM10 preview!

A little more than a month ago I tried to install CM10 preview build for the original Galaxy Tab (P1000). Unfortunately, wireless tethering doesn’t work on it. Since wireless tethering is very important to me – I use my Galaxy Tab as a mobile hotspot for my phone – I had to go back to CM9… until now.

So, yesterday I went back to the CM10 preview thread to check its status and I was greeted by a new build (Build 4). As usual I used XDA’s search in thread function for wireless tethering and found one post that says it still doesn’t work. I kept my hopes up though and found that the HumberOS build along with a matching kernel has the feature that I need. I have experience with HumberOS ROMs and have used it until I switched to pure CM9 so I didn’t think twice about installing that version.

Hello again Jelly Bean!

Jelly Bean homescreen

This version looks and feels a lot smoother. It still lags (and I expected that) but it’s a lot more usable than the first builds that I tried. Nevertheless it seems stable enough as long as I don’t overclock. I tried overclocking a few times and my Galaxy Tab rebooted without warning. Of course, it’s not completely bug free like how the Gallery force closes when I try opening a high resolution (around 4000 x 5000) image which used to work well on CM9 among a few other things I’ve seen. Well, It’s a preview after all and so I can’t (and shouldn’t) complain.

I wouldn’t recommend the ROM to be used as a daily driver but, if you wish to do some tinkering, head to the link to the HumberOS article I posted above. I expect you to know what you are doing of course. I can’t be held responsible for whatever happens to your precious device.

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Rumor Mill: Windows Phone 8 devices to get a standard USB port location

Apple Universal Dock

iPhones on universal docks. Photo by Yutaka Tsutano. Microsoft could be planning to provide a universal docking feature on all Windows Phone devices.

One of the things that made iOS very successful is the multitude of accessories it has – from keyboards to speaker docks, etc. – and this is because they used Apple’s proprietary port (which is rumored to be undergoing a huge change, by the way).

Microsoft may be going the same route. Currently, manufacturers seem to have their own idea for the best place to put a USB port: HTC seems to like the side (it’s on the left side on my HTC 7 Mozart), Nokia seems to prefer the top (as evident on my Lumia 710), while Samsung and many others prefer placing the port at the bottom. This creates a host of incompatibilities between devices making it impossible to create universal accessories. But if we were to trust what was being suggested by the position of the USB port on the Samsung Ativ S (currently the only official Windows Phone 8 device revealed) and the leaks of Nokia and HTC devices, we could be in for a nice surprise! Why don’t you take a peek at the photos after the break and see them for yourself?

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