HP TouchPad gets Android 4.1 with unofficial CyanogenMod 10 build

The HP TouchPad may not have had much success as a webOS tablet, but it’s turning out to be a very versatile Android tablet. It’s been about a year since HP discontinued the TouchPad, started selling off remaining inventory for as little as $99, and hackers started figuring out how to run Android on the 9.7 inch tablet.

Since then we’ve seen Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandswhich ported to run on HP’s tablet, and now an early build of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is available as well.

Android 4.1 on the HP TouchPad

When I say early build, I mean it though. The mic and camera don’t work. Audio doesn’t work. And hardware video and graphics acceleration aren’t working properly yet.

Some users are also reporting that their TouchPad won’t charge properly after installing the pre-release CyanogenMod 10 build from jcsullins, but I haven’t had any problems getting mine to charge.

In other words, you can’t really use the TouchPad to listen to music, stream movies from Netflix or YouTube, or play most 3D games yet. But you do get some of the improvements in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean including a smoother, faster user interface, notification improvements, and a more accurate keyboard.

For the most part you’re probably best off waiting until some of the bugs are worked out before installing Android 4.1 on an HP TouchPad, but if you want to give the early builds a try, here’s how to do it:

That’s pretty much it. That guide should walk you through the process of installing Android 4.1 on the tablet if it’s only running webOS right now. If you want to upgrade from Android 2.3, Android 4.0, or something else, scroll down until you get to the section on upgrading.

If you’re upgrading from an earlier version of Android, it’s also a very good idea to make a backup using ClockworkMod Recovery or TWRP in case you decide you’d like to go back to Android 4.0 or earlier.

You can find more details on installing CyanogenMod 10 on the HP TouchPad at the RootzWiki and xda-developers forums.

The HP TouchPad features a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB of storage.

HP only sold the tablet for a few months before discontinuing it, but there are millions of tablets in the wild, and you can pick up used or refurbished models from Amazon, eBay, or Swappa for prices as low as $140.

  • RolandDeschain79

    Checkout the RootzWiki thread about this. More info, videos and downloads there too. Please make a Nandroid backup before install this preview.

    How
    to install jcsullins Jelly Bean 4.1.1 Preview on the HP TouchPad & keep
    your CM9 Setup
    http://rootzwiki.com/topic/31548-how-to-install-jcsullins-jelly-bean-411-preview-on-the-hp-touchpad-keep-your-cm9-setup/

  • a8

    Looks good. Hope the developers will figure out the camera code. Microphone is working for CM9 so I think it will work on CM10 eventually.

  • http://twitter.com/Japster24 Japster24

    Nice..I’ll wait until Netflix and music are available to upgrade. Thanks for the review Brad.

  • https://nards-barley.myopenid.com/ Nards Barley

    I have CM9 that I installed about a month ago. Whenever the screen shuts off the audio turns raspy for the radio station I am listening to. I should probably try one of the more recent updates.

    • http://twitter.com/Colby347 Colby Fink

      That’s a problem in the Alpha builds. Flash the most recent nightly mod, it has a lot of fixes that are’t in the Alpha builds.

      • https://nards-barley.myopenid.com/ Nards Barley

        I just tried to install the latest nightly building using I think every approach Brad has on his blog, and none of them worked. I am moving on to 4.01 since I blew away 4.0 during the process and because I hate to go back to the Alpha 4.0 build.

  • ninetyCent

    How’s the battery life when it’s on standby?

  • Robert Blutarski

    I used it for about a half hour seems to be a bit more peppy on the touchpad but I will wait for the rc before sticking with it. The code seems more streamlined and responsive than cm9.

  • Webdroid

    Please get the devs name right, it’s JC Sullins not JS Cullins.

    • NOTTELLINGYOU

      It’s actually his devname is jscullins.

  • Sam Polk

    Works with the Nexus Q

  • thibaut

    Hello when I watch a video, why I don’t have any sound?

  • Jared

    What and when was the latest official release? Also a link to it would be handy. THanks.

  • Steve Mink

    Am I the only Touchpad user left who is still very attached to WebOS? I’m running a dual-boot tablet with CM9 but 80% of the time I boot into WebOS. It’s a much nicer experience for basic browsing and email.

    • Brian O’Connell

      WebOS is much better than Android for multitasking. I was just reminded of that when I wanted to play a song from the YouTubeapp while browsing the web. No dice! The music stopped when I switched to the browser. WebOS has no problem at all with that. In fact, I once had over 30 windows open at the same time with no loss of performance (that I could detect.)

      • Nerijus Skužinskas

        I’m using dual boot also. Android is eating battery so bad, so i should switch to webos when in standby if i want to have touchpad still alive next day. for browsing and multitasking webOS is the best – strongly agree

  • hamoon

    ddss

  • joey

    my tablet wont charge please help

    • kb

      ebay battery $25.. for some reason pc does not allow you to connect to hptp with cm roms..

  • kiwon

    I run a dual boot also on my touchpad, just wonderin though if I am able to purchase apps from google play on my touchpad. Is the paid app going to work or will i have some problem because the andriodOS is not genuine and is a mod?

  • Wilbur

    How old is this article? I’ve never understood why bloggers don’t put dates on their stuff