The HP TouchPad may not have had much success as a webOS tablet, but it’s turning out to be a very versatile Android tablet. It’s been about a year since HP discontinued the TouchPad, started selling off remaining inventory for as little as $99, and hackers started figuring out how to run Android on the 9.7 inch tablet.
Since then we’ve seen Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandswhich ported to run on HP’s tablet, and now an early build of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is available as well.
When I say early build, I mean it though. The mic and camera don’t work. Audio doesn’t work. And hardware video and graphics acceleration aren’t working properly yet.
Some users are also reporting that their TouchPad won’t charge properly after installing the pre-release CyanogenMod 10 build from jcsullins, but I haven’t had any problems getting mine to charge.
In other words, you can’t really use the TouchPad to listen to music, stream movies from Netflix or YouTube, or play most 3D games yet. But you do get some of the improvements in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean including a smoother, faster user interface, notification improvements, and a more accurate keyboard.
For the most part you’re probably best off waiting until some of the bugs are worked out before installing Android 4.1 on an HP TouchPad, but if you want to give the early builds a try, here’s how to do it:
- Download the CyanogenMod 10 ROM for the HP TouchPad.
- Download the latest gApps package if you want Gmail, Google Maps, and other Google apps.
- Follow our guide for installing CyanogenMod 9 (Android 4.0) on the HP TouchPad, but substitute the CM10 file for CM9.
That’s pretty much it. That guide should walk you through the process of installing Android 4.1 on the tablet if it’s only running webOS right now. If you want to upgrade from Android 2.3, Android 4.0, or something else, scroll down until you get to the section on upgrading.
If you’re upgrading from an earlier version of Android, it’s also a very good idea to make a backup using ClockworkMod Recovery or TWRP in case you decide you’d like to go back to Android 4.0 or earlier.
The HP TouchPad features a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB to 32GB of storage.
HP only sold the tablet for a few months before discontinuing it, but there are millions of tablets in the wild, and you can pick up used or refurbished models from Amazon, eBay, or Swappa for prices as low as $140.