The HP TouchPad is the discontinued tablet that keeps on ticking. While the tablet originally shipped with the webOS operating system, hackers have been installing Android on it for ages  — and there hasn’t been an open source version of Android that couldn’t run on the TouchPad.

Now Team codefireX developer Patrick Campanele is working to port the latest version of Android to the HP TouchPad: He’s posted a video showing the tablet running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

Update 4/5/2013: Now you can install a test build of CM10.1/Android 4.2 on the HP TouchPad

The software is a version of the CyanogenMod 10.1 custom ROM which has been compiled to support the HP tablet’s hardware.

At this point WiFi works, but sound does not. The user interface is slow, and the system is a bit too slow to be useful — it literally takes about 10 seconds for the automatic screen rotation to work. But now that CM10.1 can boot on the tablet, Campanele and others will be able to improve the experience before releasing Android 4.2-based ROMs to the public.

You can follow the progress of the project in the SickleROM thread at the xda-developers forum.

HP TouchPad with CyangoenMod 10.1

The HP TouchPad features a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor, and 1GB of RAM.

It was originally released in the summer of 2011 and sold for $499 and up. Responding to dismal sales, HP canceled the tablet less than two months later and sold off remaining inventory for as little as $99.

At that point, folks snapped up the tablet at the new bargain price, so there are still plenty of TouchPad tablets in the wild — many of which are probably running Android instead of webOS.

via reddit



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9 replies on “CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2) for the HP TouchPad – coming soon”

  1. i installed 10.1 (4.2.2) on my Touchpad 2 months ago which was an experimental build and i have to say it absolutely rocks , far more stable then any other previous builds and the battery life is great , no camera but who needs it when you have a far better one on your phone ,skype works fine however., its so funny that an obsolete tablet that the manufacturer couldn’t wait to ditch has become one of the most enduring and easily hacked devices. p.s. the version i use is “cm-10.1-20130522-UNOFFICIAL-tenderloin” along with “gapps-jb-20130301-signed” , just go search for those 2 files , they are the latest i believe as they have been updated a few times since i originally installed.

  2. I upgraded to ICS from WebOS on my TP. I want to sell it, and clear the contents. Does anyone know if going through the “factory reset” option under ICS will delete the OS upgrade? I hate to have it default back to only WebOs. Thanks

  3. I am running cm_tenderloin Android 4.1.2 Kernel 2.6.35 on my 16G TP and I’m so far happy with it. Thanks JC. Looking forward for a release version

      1. I’m wondering the same thing. It was right there on the rootzwiki page for it, still seems to be there. Hoping there’s been some sort of fix that *prevents* that, but I don’t keep up w/the community enough to know for sure.

        1. I’d love to put a more stable version of 10 or 10.1 on my TouchPad. I played with an ASUS Transformer Infinity Pad (retail $500) and for my uses (book reader, netflix, videos, web) there is almost nothing the Infinity can do for me that warrants $500 (or $350 used.) It didn’t even seem all that much faster, and at times seemed much slower, and the screen on the Infinity, while sharper than the TouchPad was much much less responsive to touch input. (Also, the TouchPad is just a much friendlier device to hold, the sharp edges of the Infinity are annoying.)

          I would like a working microphone on the TouchPad so I could use Groove IP on it, and voice input at other times. (Though I believe I can do that with a newer version of CM9.)

          But I do let my TouchPad run out of power, at least once every couple of weeks or so. It would be bad news for me if that were to brick it, and I don’t plan on changing my behaviors to babysit it.

  4. The hp touchpad is on its way to becoming the htc hd2 of the tablet world. I’m so happy with my TP.

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