HP decided to disperse WebOS as an open source OS, and recent news suggests developers are getting excited. MIUI, an extremely popular visually modified/skinned version of CyanogenMod, has started to make its way over to the HP TouchPad. This is an extremely stable Alpha version, and would suffice for daily use.
available for download at RootzWiki now.
TouchPads starting at $99 for the 16GB model and going up from there. Sunday December 11th on the HP Ebay Store you'll get a chance to snag an awesomely cheap tablet -- then install CM7 on that bad boy.
Like many out there, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on an HP TouchPad during its initial $99 fire sale specifically for the purpose of running Android on it. It's a very similar motive for when I bought a Barnes & Noble Nook Color, though in this case, I got a whole lot more tablet for the money. Like the Nook Color, the best (but not the first) option for running a full version of Android is the venerated CyanogenMod, now on its seventh version. I've spent the last week or so installing, customizing and generally playing with the one-two hardware and software combination - here are my impressions.
VentureBeat tipster claims that the online retailer is looking to buy some or all of the storied handheld manufacturer from its current owner, HP, who wants to recoup at least some of its losses from its disastrous run with WebOS. While HP has been trying to offload the subsidiary and its properties for some time, Amazon is said to be closest to an actual purchase.
insane $99 fire sale? Disappointing that you won't get to play around with CyanogenMod's upcoming Gingerbread port? Well buck up, deal seeker. You can find a dirt-cheap Touchpad at your local Aaron's appliance rental center for just 89 greenbacks and one horrible, horrible catch.
THIS CLOSE to being complete - of course even THIS CLOSE is relative, so we're still not quite there yet. That said, some intrepid folks out there in alpha-build-land have taken it upon themselves to benchmark the still incomplete software / hardware combo. Would you like to know more? Click!
multitouch support for an Android port, but now we know the CyanogenMod 7 build to be a few steps ahead, nearly ready for a full release! All they've got left to get working, apparently, is Wi-fi support and a few other tinier bugs. Sound like the system for you?
HP TouchPad Android ports news lately you'll know that things are slowly but surely getting there. Developers are making some great progress with Android for the failed HP Slate that recently has seen huge sales thanks to the $99 firesale price. The developers TouchDroid, are hard at work and have a booting and running CyanogenMod 7 Android 2.3.5 port for the TouchPad but things are still very beta.