Want to make sure you have the latest features and bug fixes for Android 4.0 for the HP TouchPad? Now there are unofficial nightly builds of CyanogenMod 9 Alpha available.
Update 3/27/2012: Now there are also official nightlies available.
The nightlies are basically what you get when you take CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 6 for the TouchPad and synchronize it with the main development branch of CM9 for all devices so that the TouchPad version gets all the latest updates.
As the name suggests, a new version is released every night — but you don’t necessarily have to install a new build every single night. Most of the time there won’t be any world-changing new features.
The project comes from the folks at Teamwin, who have created a Twitter account which pushes alerts and download links every time a new build is available. You can also browse through the latest builds at a download page.
While these are unofficial builds, Cyanogenmod developer Erik Hardesty (Dalingrin) recommends using them for now, since he doesn’t expect to push out many new alpha versions of CyanogenMod 9 for the TouchPad anytime soon.
We may still see some official alpha or beta updates if major features such as video playback or camera support are added to CM9 for the HP TouchPad. In the meantime, you may want to keep an eye on the Twitter feed for alerts about other changes.
You can install the latest builds without losing your existing data and settings. Just download the latest zip file to your tablet, reboot into ClockworkMod, and choose the option to apply update from a zip and choose the file you downloaded.
For more detailed instructions, follow our step-by-step guide for using ClockworkMod Recovery to update from one version of CyanogenMod to another.
If this is your first time installing CyanogenMod or any custom ROM on your HP TouchPad, we’ve got a tutorial for that too.