The CyanogenMod team has released the first build of Android 4.0 for the HP TouchPad tablet with support for hardware-accelerated video playback. That means you can watch HD video from YouTube and you should have an easier time playing HD videos stored on your device, but Netflix still isn’t supported yet.
The latest build also offers improved touchscreen performance and a few other changes, but it’s still based on the 2.6.35 kernel. Video and other features may work better if and when the team can move to the 3.0 kernel.
If this is your first time installing CyanogenMod 9 on the HP TouchPad, you can follow our step-by-step guide.
If you’ve already installed an earlier version of CyanogenMod 9 on the HP TouchPad, you can upgrade to CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 1 (or 2) using the following steps:
- Download the latest update zip file from the link at the rootzwiki forum and copy it to your TouchPad.
- Press and hold the power button to bring up the shutdown menu.
- Choose the Reboot option.
- Choose the option to reboot to recovery.
- Your tablet should shut down and then reboot into ClockworkMod Recovery.
- Tap the home button to select “install zip from sdcard.”
- On the following screen, select the “choose zip from sdcard” option.
- Use the volume keys to scroll down to the file you want to install. It should have a name like update-cm-9.0.0-RC0-Touchpad-alpha2-fullofbugs.zip.
- On the following screen scroll down and select “yes.”
- Once the install is complete, choose the option to reboot your system and CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 2 should load.
You may also want to wipe your cache partition before rebooting, but it’s not strictly necessary.
After upgrading from Alpha 0.6 to Alpha 2, I’ve had no problems watching HD video from YouTube — but I do find that the tablet doesn’t stay connected to my WiFi network as reliably as it once did. Your results may vary.
The HP TouchPad tablet launched in mid-2011 for $499 and up, but HP canceled the tablet after less than two months on the market and liquidated its remaining supply for prices as low as $99. The tablet became popular with bargain hunters… as well as with hackers looking to replace HP’s webOS software with Android.
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