Android for the HP TouchPad gets working camera with CyanogenMod 9, CM10

It’s been a few months since developer Dorregaray released the first custom builds of Android for the HP TouchPad with support for the 9.7 inch tablet’s front-facing camera. Now the camera patch has been incorporated into a number of different versions of Android for the tablet, including a custom build of CyanogenMod 10 (based on Android 4.1) and the official nightly builds of CyanogenMod 9 (Android 4.0).

HP TouchPad with working camera

You can grab the latest nightly builds of CM9 from the CyanogenMod website, and they should include software that lets the camera, mic, and pretty much every other piece of hardware in the tablet work. There may still be some bugs in camera performance in the most recently builds, but you can also install Dorregaray’s latest patch to solve some of those issues.

Meanwhile, if you’d rather run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the tablet, you can the latest jcsullins build, which includes the latest camera patch.

Note that both versions of Android are unsupported by HP, and you’re on your own if anything breaks, your battery dies and the device refuses to turn back on, or your house explodes.

That said, if you’re not sure how to cram Android onto your TouchPad in the first place, you can follow our step-by-step guide. It’ll also show you how to upgrade from an earlier or different build of Android.

The HP TouchPad features a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB of storage. It initially shipped with HP webOS software, but hackers have been installing Android on their tablets since HP discontinued the device last summer and liquidated inventory by selling tablets for as little as $99.

  • DetroitTech

    Been running ICS on mine for a while now. Pretty solid as long as I don’t let the battery run out completely. No camera though. Will look into the 4.1 version. I must say the screen on the Touchpad is excellent! Combined with the touchstone charging dock this is a great device now with Android. I keep wanting to get a Nexus 7 but I look over at my TP and I’m like, Why?…

  • Eric Silva

    I totally agree. I have had ICS on mine since April and I love it. My 3 year old daughter uses it so much too that really I am just looking forward to 4.2 and it’s user account selectivity. In the 8 months since installing it on the Touchpad, I have had just 2 random restarts, that would be the only bugs I have encountered with CM9. Camera would be nice to video chat though, will have to look into this upgrade.

  • nberenyi

    Very cool, just tested Skype using CM9, worked great…. as noted in article, pretty much everything is functional now :)

  • Jon

    I have had issues with connecting to the play store. Anyone else have this issue??

    • Nick

      Yeah me too can’t get play store to work

  • Wojtek

    My HP Touchpad not butting Android OS. It stops on first screen. That happen in Cyanogen 9 so I upgrade to new version 10 and it is doing same it stay on “Circle Screen” any help please.