A few days after developer JC Sullins released an unofficial software update for the HP TouchPad allowing you to use Bluetooth when running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on the discontinued tablet, he’s released another update.
This time not only does Bluetooth file transfer work, but you can pair the official HP Touchpad Bluetooth keyboard with the tablet.
Developers have been figuring out how to run Android on the TouchPad for almost as long as the 9.7 inch tablet’s been available. It originally shipped with webOS, but HP canceled the product line shortly after launch after it failed to move many tablets.
While earlier builds of Android for the HP TouchPad supported Bluetooth, it’s taken months for anyone to get Bluetooth working with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Now it seems to be working pretty close to perfectly.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Latest HP TouchPad CM10.1 update adds Bluetooth keyboard support
HP’s tablet might not have been a big success when it ran webOS software and sold for $499. But millions of folks picked up TouchPads when HP launched a $99 fire-sale, and it’s a purchase that keeps on giving, as the TouchPad keeps getting more and more useful. [JC Sullins]
- Google Nexus 7 (2013) users reporting issues with GPS performance, Google’s looking into it
While the new Google Nexus 7 is an excellent tablet with fast performance, an excellent display, and good software, users are reporting that it has a habit of losing its GPS lock after a few minutes. [CNET]
- Huawei MediaQ M310 Android media player now available for $109
Huawei introduced an Android media player with the company’s own quad-core chip earlier this year. Now it’s available — but only from a single seller at AliExpress with zero feedback. Proceed with caution. [CNX Software]
- Rumor: Amazon to launch an Android powered game console by year’s end
Amazon may be making a play for the living room this year, with a set-top-box that can play Android games. It’d also probably be a good way to stream music and videos from Amazon MP3 and Amazon Instant Video. [Game Informer]
- Rumor: Next-gen, entry-level Kindle Fire to look a lot like this year’s Kindle Fire HD
In other Amazon rumors, BGR reports that the next entry-level Kindle Fire could have a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and a TI OMAP 4470 processor, much like today’s Kindle Fire HD. Meanwhile the new Kindle Fire HD will probably have a higher-resolution display and faster Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. [BGR]