HP TouchPad Breathes Honeycomb Air with Team Xron ROM

November 11, 2011
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    Owners of the discontinued HP TouchPad are probably scratching their heads for buying a tablet already dead in the water. Fortunately, mod teams are busy building Android ports to several devices including the HP TouchPad, for which a pure Android Honeycomb version has been developed by a group called Team Xron.

    The team’s port itself is a fork of another port made by another group known as CyanogenMod. Whereas the latter placed some signatures around its ports–such as its own boot animation–Team Xron offers a purer experience with Honeycomb themes, icons, and widgets based on the Google Nexus One. Apps that come bundled with the installation include Google Talk, Google Music, Swype keyboard, Netflix, and Adobe Flash Player.

    Switching TouchPad’s operating system to a modded Android version will at least give some life to the tablet since its official WebOS platform was discontinued by HP in late August. Getting an Android port, on the other hand, will give you access to a countless number of apps as well as hardware features. Bugs, incompatibility, and reliability issues are to be expected, however.

    However, after keeping its Personal Systems Group, HP may be considering to continue supporting the TouchPad (and WebOS). Recently, HP is actually selling the tablet again but exclusively for developers.

    Were you able to buy an HP TouchPad during the fire sale?  And, is it still running webOS?  Want to try putting Honeycomb on it?

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    Comments

    • Anonymous

      got one during the fire sale and posting from it now. Its still running webOS for now since I’m waiting for an ICS port before I dual boot. WebOS is a nice OS but the lack of simple things like a decent alternate browser in the app store are what make me want to go to Android. Still not a bad buy at $99.

    • dan

      “Owners of the discontinued HP TouchPad are probably scratching their heads for buying a tablet already dead in the water.”
      I’m not. Buying a tablet for $150 that’ll easily last the next year while the manufacturers figure things out seems like a no-brainer to me.

      “Switching TouchPad’s operating system to a modded Android version will at least give some life to the tablet since its official WebOS platform was discontinued by HP in late August.”
      No, you’re wrong. WebOS was not discontinued. The hardware was. We’ve received 2 updates since the firesale. And a modded alpha version of Android is not anything I want to deal with.

      I love Android but I’ll probably always keep WebOS on my Touchpad because it’s just a better experience than Android. Sorry. But it is.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been enjoying my TouchPad since picking it up a week after the fire sale. (There’s something to be said for shopping your locally owned store over the big box stores.) While the app catalog is lacking in sheer numbers, I haven’t felt the need yet to experiment with any of the Alpha releases of Android. Perhaps once a stable Gingerbread or ICS dual boot option is available, I may try it, but for now I’m happy with WebOS.

    • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

      But…it’s not actual Honeycomb. It’s just a skin on top of CyanogenMod 7, which is Gingerbread based. I’ve been enjoying CM7 on my Touchpad and looking forward to a full ICS version of CM9 sometime soon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=737980647 Frank Mjp Frost

      I’ve been messing around with Android ports since my HTC HD2, but since trying the new Xron Rom V2 – there seems to be no sound?
      Is anybody else having the same issue?

      • Stevinp15

        I had the same problem with the Xron V2, thought it was just me since I hadn’t tried the CM7 Rom first. I uninstalled the Xron and installed CM7. It has some glitches but seems to work pretty well. This is my first experience with aftermarket Android ports. It was easy enough to install and uninstall though.

    • Aone34950

      Hello!
      I have try most pads in the market now and for far this is the best pad to own if you cant afford the Ipad.
      works and perform just as nice at a extremly lower cost.
      give it time for the android Rom to be develope to run 100% and you are set.

    • Guest

      this is no honeycomb ashole!

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