Update: And…. it’s available. We have detailed instructions for installing Android 4.0 on the HP TouchPad using CyanogenMod 9 Alpha. It’s still an unsupported work in progress, so proceed with caution.
One of the developers responsible for porting Google Android 2.3 to run on the HP TouchPad tablet is working to bring Android 4.0 to the discontinued tablet. He’s already running an early build on his TouchPad, but it’s reportedly very buggy.
WiFi is flaky, the Android Market doesn’t work, audio and video don’t work properly and there’s no hardware acceleration yet.
But developers have already fixed a bug that was preventing touch input from working.
There’s no way to know how long it will take before the update is ready to release to the public.
While CyanogenMod 7 Alphas 1 through 3 work reasonably well on the TouchPad, there are still a number of bugs that need fixing, including issues affecting WiFi and audio. It’s still much more stable than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at the moment though.
There are two key reasons many users are looking forward to running Ice Cream Sandwich on their Touchpads. First, unlike Android 2.3 it supports apps designed specifically for tablets, including apps with multi-panel views. Second, Android 4.0 is designed for use on devices with few physical buttons.
CyanogenMod 7 includes “tablet tweaks” which add on-screen home, back, menu, and search buttons to the taskbar, but those tweaks are unnecessary in Google’s latest operating system since it includes its own on-screen buttons.