Please note that this post isn’t meant to explain methods of how to remove the SuperSU program or getting Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp onto your device. There are enough sources found through search engines for those.
Also note that everything I detail here wasn’t done for the sake of getting Pocket Camp to run. I really wanted my Android tablet to be back in its original, non-rooted state and this was a good excuse to do it. :3
After discovering Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp soft launched in Australia on October 25th, I decided to see if my pathetic ASUS MeMO Pad 8 (ME180A) could handle it.
I found the APK and loaded it up. I was pleasantly surprised that it could get through the character creation segment, but alas, that was as far as it would go. A pop-up box with the error code 802-5808 appeared and the only option was to return to the title screen.
I decided to upgrade from 4.1.1 to 4.1.2 today for the heck of things. Actually, there was a reason — I was sick and tired of dealing with my eternally and mysteriously dwindling storage space so I figured it was high time to format the system. Besides, I read that this build of CM 10 actually allows me to use both cameras on my Galaxy Tab 10.1 again. :3
I followed the “guide” here: http://galaxytabhacks.com/galaxy-tab-10-1-roms/cm10-jelly-bean-rom-for-galaxy-tab-10-1-android-4-1-2/ Well, it actually just provides links to the ROMs and Gapps so it’s meant for folks that already have rooted devices and experience installing custom ROMs. You can find guides all over the Internet that are best suited for your device but for my P7510, I started with this when I did my first ROM flash back in August. ClockworkMod’s gone through some revisions since so I think it’s best to do a bit more research like reading the comments there and XDA Developers for the recommended ways to prepare for device rooting and backing up. (Since I just Google like mad and follow instructions that I find, I’m really not the person to ask if you’re encountering problems rooting or installing a ROM. ^^)
Anyway, the installation went off with a hitch but I did encounter some annoying problem while trying to update apps from the Google Play Store. I kept running into the RPC:S-5:AEC-0 error which barred me from any sort of downloading regardless of whether the app was a fresh install or an update.
After some Web searching, I found this post at Android Central which cleared the error. It might not work for everyone but it did for me. Now I’m facing the problem with the Play Store intermittently refusing to display screenshots or show their enlarged version. Loading up product pages can lag a wee bit as well. I’ve yet to read up on what the cause might be for this since it’s not that urgent of an issue.
Oh yes, while the build linked at the Galaxy Tab Hacks site is more or less stable, it seems that USB charging is no longer a sure thing. It didn’t charge for me earlier but it’s doing so now. It will also run into the “Unfortunately, < app name > has stopped” annoyances now and then with the camera and the Torch apps. It might do it with some others too but I haven’t used any apps for extended periods of time since I installed 4.1.2.
However, I have been spending some quality time with both Apex and Nova Launchers. Initially, I was going to commit to using Chameleon. I mean, considering I shelled out money for it during its Kickstarter campaign, it only seemed appropriate that I would finally use the thing.
Unfortunately, even after so many updates, it STILL doesn’t completely suit my needs. I need shortcuts on my home screen since I don’t want to have to dig through the drawer to get to the app I want to use. I have everything categorized into little folders via Auto App Organizer and while I can certainly add each folder as a widget onto the home screen, it makes for a goofy looking, fairly unattractive layout when placed with the native Gmail and calendar widgets. There also doesn’t seem to be any way to increase the space between app shortcuts in the dock which only adds to the overall silly look.
Don’t get me wrong; Chameleon is a gorgeous launcher but it’s only like that if you use specific widgets (as seen in the images on their site and on the product page at the Play Store) and not cram the dock with 8 or 9 shortcuts. Despite it not being the launcher for me, I don’t regret contributing to its funding.
After fiddling around Chameleon, I moved back to Nova. ….. Then I decided to give Apex another chance. XD I didn’t use it before since it didn’t have any themes I liked and it couldn’t automatically skin all icons from Go Launcher EX themes like Nova. Even as of the most recent update, Apex Launcher STILL can’t skin all icons in one go but at least it has pretty themes now! (I am a total sucker for customizing the look for UIs and such.)
Here are three of the ones that I fell in love with. All images can be enlarged to 1600×500:
I finally made the decision to root my Galaxy Tab 10.1 and “upgrade” to Android 4.1.1. I don’t regret it for a second. I LOVE Jelly Bean so far. The jump from Honeycomb 3.2 to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 is …. wow. *___*
I primarily used the tutorials and downloads from http://galaxytabhacks.com/ to root and install the custom JB ROM. The process was very quick and went through without any issues. (Reading the comments on one of the articles will tell you have to get USB data transfer access again as well as Flash.) The ONLY thing I ran into was during the prepartion stage where I was trying hard as hell to move 1.5 GBs of data off the tablet onto my computer. For some reason, Windows wasn’t reading all the files in the Titanium Backup directory. It didn’t occur to me to simply disconnect and reconnect the USB cable so it can re-read the data. 9__9 Instead, genius me spent about 2 hours (maybe even more!) trying to upload everything to Box. When that went at a snail’s pace, I opted to create an archive of the directory which was also slow as hell.
When the zip file was ready, I connected my Tab to the computer and suddenly, it was able to see every single back up file. WTF? >_____________>; So in the end, I used the original method of copying over files anyway. 😛
Anyway, once that was done and over with, I installed AOSP to see how it was. I totally loved it. It was so minimal and fast and the user interface was beautiful and clean. For a while, I was missing the lack of the screencap button that the Samsung’s TouchWhiz had by default but was told that a simple press and hold of the Power button + down volume button would accomplish the same task on Jelly Bean.
After a few minutes of exploring the new firmware, I installed CyanogenMod 10. I probably didn’t NEED to considering I’ve yet to even touch the icons of the apps that it came pre-installed with. ^^ Still, since it doesn’t seem entirely diferent from AOSP, I’ll be sticking with this.
I never tried Ice Cream Sandwich so I don’t know how much of a step up Jelly Bean is but from what I’m experiencing so far, I wish Samsung would have waited before working on TouchWhiz for Android 4.0. Well, not that I really care since I have no intention of going back to their bloaty, tweaked firmware.
For me, right now, Jelly Bean + root > iOS 5.1 + jailbreak. (I’ve yet to upgrade my iOS firmware. XD) Seriously loving what Google is offering with its operating system. Now if only the games and apps would be better …