Eight inches is a fine size for a tablet, but the options are still pretty slim. People in want of a stock Android experience in the form factor pretty much have to go with the LGGPGPE or hack together their own solution. Thankfully the latter is, depending on the device, as simple as gaining root and flashing a ROM. CyanogenMod has just rolled out its first nightlies for Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. This provides consumers with a certain degree of tech-savviness another option for an 8" slate.

When searching for the file, look for mondrianwifi. The download is just over 200MB.

CyanogenModThis is early software, and quirks are to be expected. As usual, exercise caution when flashing the ROM. We can't be held responsible for any harm that comes to you, your device, or any of your neighbor's cats in the case of any issues.


Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 CyanogenMod page

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.techreviewshop.com/ JP

    I've never understood CyanogenMod on high end samsung devices. You're getting rid of the only thing that makes samsung devices unique (multi-taksing abilities of touchwiz) for a stock android experience. Why not just get a different device to begin with?

    • Cheeseball

      Because there are some proprietary Samsung apps that are considered as bloat (e.g. they're not really used) that people would like to get rid of.

      It would be nice if Samsung would separate their features from that bloat.

    • Guillaume

      It is not the *only* thing that makes this tablet unique. Its 2k screen, fast processor and overall performances make it the best gaming tablet. Some people bought the TabPro for that, not for TouchWiz.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      What about the aspect of having updates for your device far beyond the EOL by the manufacturer? My TF300 right now is running CM11 fantastically whereas ASUS stopped updating it a long time ago, and when it was running stock, it was turning off or rebooting all the time.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Because, as much as it is a pain to admit, Samsung is the only OEM that makes reat tablet, just packs a crappy software on it. The only real alternative to tablet lineup of Sammy is Nexus 10

    • hocestquisumus

      sammy makes great tablets, the PROs being the best of 'em by far. being a fanboy of sony design i think they are butt ugly, though. i bought the 8.4 because of that fantastic screen. nothing compares to that and since i'm using it for semipro photography i was sold the second i saw it.

      but touchwiz is a joke. it's still ugly as sin and undoes all the processing power by bloating the system beyond belief. the tabPRO has top notch hardware but it still feels slow with TW. i put the unofficial CM by crpalmer on it and now it works like a dream.

    • gacl

      Samsung has newer/better hardware than the official Nexus lineup. People want new hardware but Nexus stock software.

  • Guillaume

    There is also an alternative custom ROM available for it (CleanROM) that removes part of the Samsung bloat while preserving interesting features (multi-windows, samsung nice keyboard, sensor actions, etc.)

    • Jaime

      Will look it up, thanks.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    How about Tab Pro 10.1 as well? That thing seems to be completely ignored by XDA community

    • Chrisann

      Won't happen... seems to be driver and processor issues. Going to sell mine as the only thing you can do is root it. No CM, no AOKP, nothing.

  • mikebel3

    CyanogenMod support has been sketchy, especially if your device isn't a popular device. Was running it on a Sprint HTC One. GPS never got fixed. The phone would freeze up all the time making it unusable. The most stable build wasn't even the latest version of android (10.1.3 is 4.2.2). I ended up unrooting and going back to stock running Android 4.4.2. Phone runs great now.

    I should add that the work the CyanogenMod team does (not to mention for free to the user) is great. It's just if you want a premium no fuss experience, you are most likely better off running stock.

    • Kevin Hulett

      You're probably one of the many that didn't realize CM combined all the HTC One devices into one package. You no longer need sprint specific packages on the M7, just use the plainly labeled M7 night lies....

  • mLogician

    What about Note PRO?

  • Amit

    Edit the first line please - the word ROM is missing: "Eight inches is a fine size for a tablet, but the options are still pretty slim"

  • hocestquisumus

    there is an 'unofficial' CM out already: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2666246

    this works very well indeed. i only found one little quirk and that's not a problem.

  • J_O_N_A_T_H_A_N

    Question: will these mods allow for over saturated color adjusting? I really want this to replace my N7 and miss the iPad-mini form. But the screen colors appear to need some adjustment.

  • jbworldwide1

    Just picked one of these up a few days ago. Really nice but even better after you replace TW with Nova.

  • Eduardo Campos

    cyanogenmod could be cool, but that would mean to loose TouchWiz