A few days ago we heard that you will be able to port Andriod to the newly cheaper HP TouchPad, well apparently you can, and is something the guys at CyanogenMod have already done, check out the video above with the Android TouchPad in action.
The team have done this by releasing a brand new CyanogenMod 7 firmware, which is firmware which has been designed around the Android operating system and can be used as an alternative to the stock firmware on a specific device, at the moment Cyanogen 7 is built around Gingerbread 2.3.
This video had been taken on Friday, but the team is already saying they have progressed since then, as CyanogenMod can new support the logical volume manager, they have worked more on the 2D hardware acceleration and a few other tweaks to the cheapo tablet.
The guys main aim is to enable multi-boot platforms with two fully working OS’s, enabling users to select between Cyanogen and WebOS, CyanogenMod released a statement about this new breakthrough:
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 thebootloader (a great kid’s show btw), was compiled from source.
What do you think? Do you want Andriod on you TouchPad? Have you got a TouchPad?
Drop us a line or two in the comments below.