Update: CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 is now available — and we have detailed instructions on installing this (buggy) version of Android 4.0 on the HP TouchPad.
The CyanogenMod has released an updated version of Google Android for the HP TouchPad. No, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich isn’t ready for prime time yet, but CyanogenMod 7 Alpha 3.5 brings a few improvements to Google Android 2.3.7.
Specifically, the team says they’ve improved video playback and 3D graphics speed and gaming compatibility. They’ve also made some changes to the WiFi settings, but it’s not yet clear if this will fix the problems with WiFi that some users have been experiencing.
If you’ve already installed an earlier version of CyanogenMod, updating to Alpha 3.5 is extraordinarily easy:
- Download “update-cm-7.1.0-tenderloin-a3.5-fullofbugs.zip” file following the latest link from the RootzWiki forum thread.
- If you’ve downloaded it using you TouchPad, just make a note of which folder it’s in. If you’ve used your computer, copy the file to your TouchPad’s storage.
- While running Android on the TouchPad, press-and-hold the power button.
- Choose “reboot.”
- Select “Recovery” and then tap the OK box.
- This will bring you to ClockworkMod. You can navigate through menus by using the volume buttons to move up and down and the home button to select an option.
- (Optional, but recommended): Scroll down to the option that says “wipe cache partition” and choose it by tapping the home button.
- (Optional) From the following screen, scroll down to the option that says “Yes – Wipe Cache” and choose it.
- (Optional) When that’s done you’ll be back at the first screen.
- Scroll down to the option that says “install zip from sdcard” and choose it.
- Select “choose zip from sdcard.”
- Navigate to the folder where update-cm-7.1.0-tenderloin-a3.5-fullofbugs.zip is stored and select it.
- From the following menu scroll down to the option that says “Yes – Install update…” and choose it.
- You should see a progress bar on your screen for a few minutes. When it’s finished you’ll be dumped back out to the previous menu.
- Choose “Go Back.”
- From the main ClockworkMod menu choose the option to “reboot system now.”
That’s it. Since you just installed an OS update, it will take a few minutes longer than usual for CyanogenMod to boot, but if you followed the instructions carefully all of your files and settings should still be available — and video and graphics performance should be improved.
You can also install Alpha 3.5 even if you’ve never installed CyanogenMod on a TouchPad before. You don’t need to start with Alpha 1 and work your way up. Just follow our step-by-step instructions for installing CM7 on the TouchPad, but use the update.zip file for Alpha 3.5 instead of Alpha 1, 2, or 3.
The HP TouchPad ships with the webOS 3.0 operating system. Installing Android doesn’t remove webOS. Instead you end up with a dual boot tablet which can run either operating system. But by installing Android you gain access to thousands of apps which are not available for webOS.
CyanogenMod for TouchPad developer Dalingrin says he’s putting most of his effort into porting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the tablet at this point, but Alpha 3.5 brings some of the work he’s done on CyanogenMod 9 to CyanogenMod 7 since it may be a while before a usable version of CM9 is available.
I spent a little time playing with Alpha 3.5 this morning. Audio works without any problems, YouTube video looks great, and while Netflix videos look a little pixelated, movies and TV shows from Netflix are definitely watchable.
thanks for the heads up Jared!