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CyanogenMod Boots Up on HP TouchPad in Alpha Stage


Now this is the progress I’m sure that many of you were hoping to see in such a short amount of time on the HP TouchPad after the firesale helped many of you land one for as little as $99.  We were actually starting to wonder if it would even be possible to get Android booted up on this tablet – thanks to the CyanogenMod team, we now know that there is a damn good chance.

As you can see in the video above, we still have a long way to go before this is ready to be booted up on anyone’s device.  That’s not the point of this though.  The CM team needs more devices in order to give this thing a ton of attention and has released this as nothing more than a publicity tool to draw more attention to their work on it, something we are happy to help out with.

In a letter to the internet, they break down the progress and future plans for the TouchPad.  

Here is some (older) touchpad progress from Friday. The Cyanogenmod team wanted to share it with the public as a blatant publicity stunt to bring attention to our need for a few more touchpads (for developers currently working without them).

As you can see from this quick demo, we’ve been working hard and have made progress. Since this video was created last week, the build has been more “tabletized” (tablet tweaks added, etc.), lvm support has been added, and 2d hardware acceleration should appear very soon.

The touchscreen driver issue is now the focus of our attention.

Our ultimate vision is to create a *multiboot* solution where the end user will be able to boot into WebOS, Cyanogenmod, and/or other OSes. This appears to be very possible, and we have discussed several potential implementations with our new friends in the WebOS development community to make it easy for an end-user to set up.

For the moment though, we need about 4 tablets, as we have talented and experienced developers who cannot contribute effectively due to a lack of hardware. If you have an extra touchpad and are willing to help the cause, please let us know in the comments below.

A BIG CAVEAT– PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR ETAS. For the uninitiated, this is the #1 rule for Cyanogenmod. It will certainly be a long while before our goals become reality. Our goals incidentally are not connected with any bounty– we are motivated to do it right, not do it fast.

And now the obligatory shout outs– Thanks to rootzwiki and all the devs and everyone else who are collaborating and contributing to this project. You know who you are, you.

The CM team

PS- Yes, this is gingerbread (Android 2.3.5). Everything you see, except for bootie the bootloader (a great kid’s show btw), was compiled from source.

I would just like to know how many of you were actually able to purchase a TouchPad?

Via:  RootzWiki

Cheers Michael K.!

  • Nev elo Stone

    for 99 dollars this thing is a absolute steal I love minds, if android get ported it a just make the purchase that much sweeter

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I was able to snag two at a local best buy last Wednesday. Tablet’s pretty sweet. WebOS blows.

  • Rwe

    Firefox + Adblock Plus= win!

    Dont even know what u all were talking about.

  • Michael Johnson

    Hell yeah Cyanogenmod!  Keep up the awesome work!

  • I managed to get one, and can’t wait for GB/HC,ICS on this thing.

    At $100 it was worth it even if it never sees Android.

  • GJ

    I can haz hunnycomb??

  • Anonymous

    i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. go here http://bit.ly/grab148

  • Anonymous

    Love me some WebOS, but the lack of apps kills it.  Any version of Android prior to Honeycomb is useless on a tablet IMO.  Until we get a stable port of 3.0 or higher this does nothing for me.

  • Anonymous

    I really like webOS and i wish it had more applications. Android 2.3 and all of its phone apps are not tablet ready. webOS as a tablet os is really great. The community behind webOS – even better. Preware has transformed this tablet for me. If anything – I’ll wait for a honeycomb or ICS port.

  • Desert102

    i Got a 32gb touchpad, and love web os.  IF (big if at this point), android does not make it over, i will still be happy with my purchase.  Dont get me worng though, i am extremly excited about the progress made.  I hope they get more touchpads to work on.  GO cyanogenmod and touchdroid team!

  • 学习了….

  • Anonymous

    I got one via BestBuy in store. I ordered one through Insight dot com, thought my order was going to get cancelled and it didn’t so I ended up with 2. Sold the extra one to a friend. 
    As for WebOS, its ok, though I would much prefer to have any Android (froyo and above, honeycomb) on it just because of the lack of apps on WebOS. It’s hard to use it for more than anything but a browser. 

  • Zach

    Nice great to see this happening, I got my 32GB touchpad on Friday and can’t wait for CM7 and CM8 with ICS 😀

  • Anonymous

    I thought this was a VERIZON DROID Blog….  http://cl.ly/0V0l091F383U1W1N2l1L

    IS this intentional?

    • Anonymous

      Fair enough kellex, money is money.

  • DroidRooterX

    I got my 16gb touchpad on ebay for $183! Not $99 but lets face it still a steal!! They are going up in price everyday so I suggest if you want one and see one between $175-$250 on ebay for a buy it now just take it. Our you can continue to wait for HP to release their supposed last batch, either way they are hard to get!

  • Aboldy75

    Ads not offensive – it’s a free site to read. How else is he expected to make money and pay for it?  

  • I have 4 touchpad’s waiting for this!!

    • Scott Willenborg

      I know you’re getting tired of people asking but do you want to part with one?  I missed the whole damn sale… can’t find anything around here but they’re all over craigslist here for twice what they went for!  bastards!

  • Paul Arzoian

    using mine to read this and can’t wait. 

  • Mes215

    I was able to get the last one from my local Radio Shack. It was the Demo model, but thanks to XDA, I was able to load up the  most recent version of WebOS and register an account to be able to use the market and every aspect of the Touchpad fully.

    It’s really a great device, though it lags from time to time. Also, absent an app, you really don’t have access to the file system, and the Touchpad does not come with a native camera app, even though it does have a camera. Of course, the camera is mainly for video chatting, but since it is there, a camera app should have come default. Instead, you have to download one from the market. Another problem is the lack of apps. On my Droid X, I have many apps for many different things, and many different games. The Touchpad app market is really bare bones. There is no Netflix app, no Hulu + app, etc. Up until last week, you didn’t really need an app for Hulu since you could go to the website and watch any show from the Touchpad’s browser. However, once Hulu noticed the surge of Touchpads visiting the site, they blocked it from being able to play any shows.

    The screen is glossy, sometimes too much so, but nothing a screen protector can’t fix.

    WebOS is actually a beauty of a system to use. It’s very user friendly, and the use of cards as a way of multi-tasking is great. A lot of times I have al Jazeera english playing in the backround while I read the news, or check my e-mail, and it all works, al Jazeera never stutters, even when I switch to  another card, it just keeps playing. If Android did not exist, Web OS would have probably been my OS of choice (tried iOS and never really liked it, Windows Phone 7 looks interesting but its not really my thing)

    • Anonymous

      Out of curiosity, how much did you pay for the demo model?

      • Mes215


        • Mes215

          for the 32GB one.

  • Van Hicks, Jr

    Make that money Kellex, if you guys don’t like it, use an AD-blocker.

    • Anonymous

      Or the mobile version.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      it’s a Verizon based web site d. bag, not T-Mobile. So if one is going to use gaudy advertising like this, at least stick to the brand that all bought us to this party. (I did reactivate my AdBlocker.. thanks to this)

      • Mack

        Personally I would rather see her (T-Mobile girl) than some other ad but I agree that it is overkill and should at least be a Verizon ad. 

  • Anonymous

    I landed a $99 TouchPad from MacMall.  Love it!  While it might be cool to get Android on it eventually, I’m actually really enjoying WebOS.

  • Sonicsayz

    why not post some news that relates to phones like that the droid charge has a booting CM7

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  • James Messick

    Why couldn’t HP sell a plan vanilla Android upgrade for the touchpad? Definitely be worth a few bucks to me.

  • Ok, if the rumors are true about at least 2 people receiving Touchpads with Android 2.2 (I know, I know) on them, is it possible to get stock 2.3 on them?  I’m sure devs are working hard at getting this done though, so I’ll be patient:)  Besides, the touchpad I ordered still isn’t here yet:(

    • Anonymous

      I just had an argument with a source “of sorts” about android being on the touchpad and they were adamant that it does exist. When I questioned more, subject changed.

  • Jamerson90

    I got mine the first day of the firesale. Luckily, my best buy had tons in stock.

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t able to get one. Definitely tried.

  • Surprised

    Great News.

  • Yagermeister

    WOAH! Just hit the Droid-life page and I thought it was T-mobile’s home page! WAY TOO MUCH ADVERTISING!!! Might come back later to read things or maybe not…

    • Jamerson90

      Definitely does not do good things for the eyes and the site no longer looks good at all

      • Anonymous

        Working on fixing that header image…

        And to those wondering, it’s a 1 day thing.  We gotta pay bills around here from time to time.

        • Mike1825

          Let me get this straight.. People are complaining because he get to stare at the HOT T-Moble chick???

          • Aboldy75

            My thoughts exactly

          • Jamerson90

            It destroyed the banner on the site… Ads are ok if they are not intrusive

        • Yagermeister

          Glad it is a one day thing…I’ll be back tomorrow then

        • Jamerson90

          It just destroyed your header. lol. And if you put a pop up ad so help me, I will say you’ve bricked my device every hacking update you post! lol

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad to see Kellex is getting some ad $$.  The skinning is nowhere near as offensive as it can be on many sites.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Why is this site now booting up with a T-Mobile skin??

    • Anonymous

      i cant believe this!! me and my sister just got two i-pads for $42.77 each and a $50 amazon card for $9. the stores want to keep this a secret and they dont tell you. go here
      , BiDSFIRST. COM