How to Update Galaxy Tab 8.9 with Jellybean 4.1.1 based AOKP Firmware

AOKP LogoSamsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 i957 tablet can now be installed with the unofficial AOKP firmware as in the due course of this article we will be checking out on how you can easily apply this update without any issues. Unfortunately, there is still no clarity on by when there will be an official firmware update released by Samsung. All thanks to the XDA recognized dan-htc-touch developer form coming out with the Jellybean 4.1.1 based custom ROM firmware. Though this firmware which is an unofficial AOKP build is not an Official one released by Samsung, you can download and install the same on your rooted device as it comes with all the goodness of Jellybean 4.1 release.

Disclaimer: Please note that we should not be held liable or responsible in any manner in whole or in parts if anything wrong happens to your device which is the most unlikely if you follow the instructions as prescribed in the due course of this article.

Tab 8.9 LTE

Since this is a custom ROM firmware, you will have to make sure that your tablet is rooted which can be found from the “Root Checker” app from Google PLAY Store. You can anytime revert back to the original Stock firmware, note down the current firmware version from the path “Settings > About device” and then note down all the data.

You will have to manually and not with the KIES as KIES doesn’t detect the custom ROM firmwares.

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
Contacts – Sync with the Gmail application,
Call Log - Call Log and Restore
Images, Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

Head over to the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging”, enable the USB Debugging by selecting the appropriate option in your Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 i957 tablet. Also, make sure that the minimum charge left is 40% so as to make sure that tablet doesn’t get turned Off in the middle of firmware update.

So assuming that you are done with all the above mentioned instructions, you can now head over to the next step where we have summed up a detailed tutorial on how to apply this firmware update.

  1. Reply James Carriere February 15, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Instructions says to install zip from sd card but my 8.9 tablet doesn’t have an sd card. what do I do?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela February 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      you need to install the custom recovery image

  2. Reply Mark October 10, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I have the 8.9tab and I love it, but I would like to change to the jellybean, but I have 2 problems. First the tablet is with Bell Canada and I am not able to update, is there a reason why? Second off I used the ” root Checker” app and found out the my tablet is not-rooted, how do I fix this problem?

  3. Reply mike October 4, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Where can I download the Jellybean 4.1.1 based firmware and Google Apps Package ?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela October 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm


    • Reply Pradeep Neela October 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm


      • Reply mike October 7, 2012 at 1:55 am

        The link reads:
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        This account’s public links are generating too much traffic and have been temporarily disabled!

  4. Reply Mike October 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    The dropbox links for the firmware are dead due to traffic. I would really like to download them for my tablet.


  5. Reply adil sidqi October 2, 2012 at 6:01 am

    i want to upgrade my samsung galaxy tab 7.0 plus with ICS firmware to t0 jelly bean. possible?.

  6. Reply Michael October 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Can I conclude that if you install this Jellybean firmware then all your current Android/Samsung apps will be lost and you will have to reinstall them.

    • Reply Pradeep Neela October 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      yes you can conclude the same

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