I haven't had much garage time lately, I sure hope I can get back on this project next weekend. With regard to Tablet Talk, I can tell you that it works very well, I just haven't had time to make a video because I wanted to get the hands-free kit installed first. Tablet Talk is ok at auto connecting, but sometimes I have to use the widget to connect, which is just a touch of the screen, but could irritate some I suppose.
I read through this thread several times but never saw the name of the widget/app that controls your free floating volume slider on the home screen. Everything that Ive seen on the play store is garbage when it comes to something like a volume slider. You mention it in your video but not where to get it or who makes it. Can you tell me where you got it? Something like that is exactly what I want.
Great mod too! Im doing a similar mod and patterning it after yours
HERE. However, I don't use it anymore because I found pressing it to be frustrating because the buttons/slider are pretty small. So now I use a different volume widget simply called "volume widget" (located HERE). The reason I chose (and love) this widget is because I have CyanogenMod10 loaded on my tablet, which allows me to resize ANY widget, and this new volume widget resizes very well. I was going to provide a screen shot but didn't have time. If you are running a stock ROM on your tablet, then you'd probably be happy with the original volume widget I was using (it has resizing built into the widget). If you have a custom ROM installed that lets you resize widgets, I highly recommend the one I'm using now.
Thanks for your quick response! I do like the "volume control widget", I just wish it wasnt as chunky as it is. Yours looks like its a 1xWhatever you want, but the one that they offer now is 2xWhatever you want. That could be something that you tweaked with cyanogenmod but I was hoping that just stock it would look the same. The one in your video looks realy clean. I read up on switching to cyangogenmod 10 last night and was put off a bit when I didnt find the galaxy tab 2 7.0 listed on any of their devices pages. That and I though I saw somewhere that using it on the galaxy tab 2 7 was not recommended for daily use because it wasnt stable or something.
Hows your stability using cyanogen? Do you happen to know where you found your rom/info on using it with this tab? The .org site doesnt have much at all there for this tablet. Im also hesitant to switch roms as I bought the same dock that you did with the express purpose of using just the one connector for power and audio. I want my tab to be removeable so having a connector on each side isnt really the best quick swap in and out situation.
HERE. I really like it, and the picture is from the stock ICS ROM so that should be what it looks like on yours as well. I honestly can't remember which volume controllers can resize themselves vice the custom ROM doing it, but I'll download them both on my Nexus10 tonight (since it's a stock ROM) and check it out.
I've never had any stability issues with CM10 on the Tab2. The only thing minor issue I've had is that with the build I'm using, the icon spacing is a little too large, so the icons on the far left and right protrude into the google search bar (on the left) and the home bar (on the right) so I just don't put icons out there. I've never had restart or freeze issues. CyanogenMod does support the tab2, they just haven't built a "stable" release yet. You can get their nightly builds HERE.
I don't think custom roms are anything to be afraid of personally. Once you get ClockworkMod Recovery installed on your tab, make a backup of your current image, then you can play around a bit. Load a new rom, see if you like it, and if you don't, you can revert back to the backup you made, and it'll be just as it was the moment you made the backup. I've done it several times with no problems, both on the Galaxy Tab, and my Galaxy S3.
ICS might be fine for you depending on what you want out of the tablet, it's a great OS. I pretty much HAD to get Jelly Bean because I wanted to be able to use the voice command capabilities of Google Now to play music, get directions, etc. Since you are making the tab removable, you might not want to go down this road because external mic support is out of the tab's headphone jack ONLY. The audio out jack on the doc doesn't support an external mic.
Again, good luck, and I'm happy to help, lemme know how it goes. If/when you get your project in motion and start a thread, please throw the link up on this thread so I can check it out!
I only saw the one widget in the widget manager so unfortunately I might be stuck with it the way that it is. I installed the widget that you currently use as well but I definitely like the slider style more than the up/down arrows, so Ill probably stick with it even though it looks 1995'ish. Ill look again at their page and see if I got the wrong one or something.
I may in fact play around with cyanogenmod this weekend and see how I like it. I was a little afraid of bricking my tab if something went wrong, but it seems like its a pretty straightforward process from what Ive been reading and if it really is that easy to go back to the image that Im using now, then I feel a little reassured. ICS does almost everything that I need it to but there are a few things that I like about your tab in the video. Namely, the spread out home/switch app/back buttons, the side bar, and the widget sizing. I dont plan on using a mic yet for voice commands, so Im ok with that not working if I go this route. Question: You mentioned in your mod notes that audio didnt work through the dock connector with cyanogenmod, Is this part of cyanogenmod or something else? I sorta need that to stay working for my mod. I was hoping that maybe there was a tweak or fix for it that you just chose not to pursue.
Ill definitely start a log of my build once I get going. Thanks again for the quick and descriptive responses. They definitely help since your mod is so close to what I want to do.
I've installed several different ROMs on 3 different devices with no problems, but bricking your device is always a slim possibility, so I understand your hesitation. ClockworkMod is a great tool and is very stable in my experience. If/when you go the custom ROM route, make sure you install the newest ClockworkMod Recovery version. The only issue I ran into when trying to install CM10 on the Tab2 was that ClockworkMod wouldn't install the ROM because the ROM was so new that ClockworkMod didn't recognize it as a valid ROM for my device. The problem ended up being that I didn't have the newest ClockworkMod installed. I installed the new one, and had no further issues.
I didn't pursue a "fix" for the doc's audio out not working via CM10 because the headphone jack worked fine for me and I needed the external mic anyways, so it wouldn't have mattered even if I DID get audio working, since the doc itself doesn't support the external mic. So unfortunately I can't really help you out here. I suggest loading the latest CM10 nightly (after making a backup, of course), and seeing if it works. It may have been something that has been fixed. If not, you can always reload your original ROM.