CyanogenMod Also Coming to HP TouchPad

August 30, 2011
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    Like the programmers working on the TouchDroid project, the CyanogenMod developer team is also working hard to bring both Android and the CyanogenMod custom ROM to the HP TouchPad.

    The team has released a video showing the fruits of its labor so far. Here’s the video showing CyanogenMod with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on an HP TouchPad.

    The current version doesn’t support touchscreen input yet, but the CyanogenMod team is currently working on a touchscreen driver. CyanogenMod or Android on an HP TouchPad would be useless if the touchscreen doesn’t respond to input.

    The video that was released, however, does not show the most recent development. The CyanogenMod team has already added LVM support and other tablet modifications, although the video doesn’t show those functionalities.

    Another area that the CyanogenMod team is working on is multiboot functionality, which will allow the user to choose what operating system to load at boot time–whether CyanogenMod, webOS, or any other operating system that works with the HP TouchPad.

    HP recently pronounced the webOS-toting HP TouchPad as dead, along with plans not to produce webOS-based devices anymore. The resulting drastic drop in HP TouchPad prices (a mind-boggling US$99 for the 16-GB model from the earlier price of US$499) made the HP TouchPad fly off the shelves.

    HP’s decision to axe the HP TouchPad middle of this month resulted in drastic slashdown of prices that made the HP TouchPad easier to grab by Android developers and enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the price cut also ensured swift and quick sales–so swift and quick, in fact, that the CyanogenMod team could not acquire more units that they could use for testing.

    What do you think of CyanogenMod powering the HP TouchPad instead of webOS?

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