Flashed this Rom today, for my GF's old Tab 3 T210. First time install failed, cuz of external SD card not inserted properly. It came out during the installation progress. No problems flashing it the seconde time. However, after installing and booting the Android system started 'upgrading' the apps. A total of 95 (!). This is way to much, right? The Rom is a bit faster than the stock, but some games GF used to play on stock (Songpop for example) now hardly start and if they do its laggy as hell. Any suggestions on what to do? GF accuses me of breaking her tablet, while I was just being good lol. Or any suggestions about a different rom such as Rockettab? I Just need a Rom that is fully debloated, stable and fast. This Rom looks amazing but maybe I have done something wrong? Followed every steppen in the OP, so help is needed. Thnx in advance!
This is twice in a row now, the moment I try to install with the Aroma Installer, it begins to start the flash and then immediately attempts to boot and system unmounts and remains unmounted, forcing me to reflash stock and then reflash recovery. I installed SuperSU the second time and rebooted into the OS, opened SuperSU and enabled boot requests and it still did it again. I don't understand what the problem is.
Welcome to NoleKat! EVERYONE SHOULD READ POST #3 BEFORE CONTINUING
This rom initially started out as a port from the T211 KitKat release, but it has now been re-based on the T210 Italian KitKat firmware with kernel compiled from source. It is Touchwiz based and somewhat debloated.
It seems to be very stable.
Q & A thread is located HERE.
Based on T210 Italy firmware
App Ops enabled
Most all apps that are available in the Play Store have been removed
Added secondary symbols to keyboard (see screenshot)
External sdcard fix for KitKat
Newer (T310) launcher and Weather Widget
Custom Boot Animation support
Kids Mode Add-on (see post #2 add-ons)
OGBattery Mod add-on (see post #2 add-ons)
Download v2.1 full rom and the v2.2 update zip from link below
Perform a factory reset / full wipe (rom install does not wipe data)
Flash 2.1 zip
Then flash the v2.2 update
Reboot and enjoy
Report back any bugs you find
I recommend a full wipe, but you can always try a dirty flash.
NOTE ABOUT INTERNAL SDCARDS
Our 4.1.2 version roms use the /data/media directory as the "internal sdcard".
4.2+ versions of Android use the /data/media/0 directory due to support for multiple users.
If you switch to a different Android version, you need to be aware of this difference.
I recommend wiping "internal sdcard" also before switching from 4.1.2 to 4.4.2.
What's all this talk about bootloaders and firmware? Here is the answers to your questions.
Bootloaders do not change when you install a rom in recovery. Bootloaders also do not get backed up when you make a nandroid backup.
There are (at least) 2 versions of bootloaders that Samsung has released for our T210(R) tablets. Most people bought their tablet with the old bootloader version (some may have come with new version). The new bootloader is included with the recently released versions of the full KitKat firmware packages found on sites like sammobile.com.
The old bootloader does not properly work with offline charging in KitKat roms. If you plug your tablet in to charge while powered off, it will power on and boot into the OS. The touchscreen may not work (requiring a reboot) depending on which kernel version you have. It requires a customized kernel to work properly.
The new bootloader does work properly with offline charging. When plugged in while powered off, the tablet screen will show the battery icon, but will not boot into the OS. This is the same behavior as in previous Android 4.1.2 that we have been using. The new bootloader also fixes the glitches in recovery navigation.
Initially, the new bootloader was causing problems with custom recoveries (recovery bootloop), but that has been fixed. Update your custom recovery to the latest version.
If you decide to update to the new bootloader, you can do so by following these steps:
Firmware Update Installation
Download the appropriate KitKat firmware version for your device from sammobile.com. (Don't ask me which region is the one for you. You make that decision).
Install the full firmware package using Odin. There are many tutorials that explain how to do this. Google it.
Download the latest custom recovery you wish to use (Odin version will end with ...tar.md5).
Install custom recovery with Odin. Instructions are in the recovery threads.
That's it. At this point you have the new bootloader and recovery and can install whatever rom you like.
Take note that if you install the new bootloader and then return to a 4.1.2 rom, you will need to use the kernel I posted to get offline charging to work properly.
V3 has been uploaded. The Drawing app has been fixed.
V2 has been uploaded. It adds a missing library file that caused the Kids Voice recorder to crash and installs all Kids apps to the /data partition (instead of system/priv-app) so the kids mode will survive a rom update.
OGBattery Mod See THIS post for more info. Flash the zip in recovery and follow instructions in Aroma installer.
Unlock Effect Changer - This app will allow you to choose between 7 different lockscreen unlock effects. See THIS post and THIS post for more info.
S-Voice app for our T210(R). It should install as normal app.
KeyToggle.1.1 app. Made by me. This will toggle the setting to turn software navigation keys on/off. Very basic interface, needs root access. Should work for any device.
Custom Boot Animation mod. Flash this zip in recovery. This mod to the bootanimation binary allows you to use your own custom boot animation. This zip contains my old SvelteNole boot animation (never released) in the /system/media folder as a sample. Just place your own bootanimation.zip (made for our device) in /system/media. If you delete the /system/media/bootanimation.zip, the standard AOSP style animation will play. Of course, if your animation doesn't currently display, this will not fix it.
Samsung Photo Editor app for our T210(R). It should install as normal app.
STOCK RECOVERY - This is the stock KK recovery in a recovery-flashable zip. See THIS post for why you may want this.
Stock NoleKat kernel available at link below for those who flashed another and wish to return to the included kernel.
v1.5 update is up. You need to already be on version 1.4 before flashing the v1.5 update. Flash in recovery, no wipe required, but since there is a new android.policy.jar, your cache will rebuild anyways on first boot.
Removed gr8nole (network mode) button from Power Menu
Added 4-way Reboot Menu
Updated kernel to fix boot animation issues
Removed smdexe, and simal binaries
Removed phservice binary. This is what was causing the cpu governor settings not to stick when changed. You should now be able to choose any of the stock governor settings and they will stick.