Update: The first alpha release of CyanogenMod is now available for the HP TouchPad. You can follow our step-by-step instructions for downloading and installing Android on your HP TouchPad.
As the CyanogenMod team continues its work to port Google Android to run on the HP TouchPad tablet, it looks like the team has crossed another item off the to-do list. Bluetooth is now working.
That means you’ll be able to use a Bluetooth keyboard or possibly other devices such as Bluetooth headsets with the TouchPad once Google Android is made publicly available.
There’s still a lot of work to be done. Video drivers are still a work in progress, as is compass support. There are problems with using the tablet after resuming from sleep. Power management is still problematic, and if you turn on airplane mode it’s stuck on unless you reboot the tablet.
According to a post from DarkRedFlame at the RootzWiki forum, the CyanogenMod Android build for the TouchPad is about two thirds complete at this point.
On the one hand, that’s pretty great news since it shows how quickly the independent developers are making progress. Work on the project only began about a month ago.
On the other hand, CyanogenMod developers have been showing videos for the past few weeks showing Android on the tablet, and it certainly looks like Android works pretty well in those videos. That probably raised a lot of people’s hopes that the team would release software for the tablet soon. But the videos only show the things that are working, not the bugs that still need to be squashed.
The HP TouchPad is a tablet with a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display and a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor. It originally shipped with webOS 3.0 software, but after HP discontinued the tablet and sold of remaining inventory for prices as low as $99, interest in an Android port for the tablet grew.
The TouchPad’s hardware is similar to that of many other Android devices and some tablets were even accidentally shipped with Android, suggesting that the manufacturer had tested the operating system on the tablet. But HP only officially supports webOS for the tablet.
Hopefully the fast progress the CyanogenMod developers have been making will continue, in which case we could see a public release of unofficial Android software for HP’s tablet in the next few months.
You can keep up with the development progress at the CM TouchPad Google Code project page.
Update: The CyanogenMod team has also posted a new video showing how the install process will work. It looks like it takes just a few minutes to load Android onto the TouchPad and create a dual boot system that can switch between Android and webOS.