CyanogenMod 7 demoed on the HP TouchPad

An Android port to HP's discontinued TouchPad could be closer than previously thought, after the CyanogenMod team showed off an early build running on the tablet.

CyanogenMod's work, detailed in a letter first published on RootzWiki, is backed up by video of a very rough version of CyanogenMod 7 (based on Android Gingerbread 2.3.5) booting on a TouchPad. The mod team, best known for their CyanogenMod builds for Android phones, was quick to emphasise the very early stage of so-called ''TouchDroid'' development, though they noted some further progress had been made since last week when the video was made.

''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,'' they wrote. ''The touchscreen driver issue is now the focus of our attention.''

At present, the only way to interact with the Android build running on the TouchPad is via the Android Debug Bridge, or ADB. Even the limited work shown in the video appears to be a far cry from the ''next to no'' progress claimed by a member of the TouchDroid project just days ago.

The ''ultimate vision'' for the CyanogenMod team is to create a multiboot environment that would allow the user to switch between Android, WebOS and possibly other operating systems. As for when eager TouchPad owners will get their hands on a working Android build, the mod team was unequivocal: don't ask.

''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,'' they wrote.

While they are apparently not interested in claiming the US$1500 bounty offered by mod site HacknMod earlier this month, they are in need of at least four TouchPads to help further their development work. Anyone willing to donate a tablet (or several) is asked to comment on the YouTube video.

Check out the video and the CyanogenMod team's full letter below.

Image Credit: CyanogenMod

Hey Internet/RootzWiki--

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
www.cyanogenmod.com

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.

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Caveman-ugh said,
You call THAT successfull ????

Where do they call it a success?

CyanogenMod's work, detailed in a letter first published on RootzWiki, is backed up by video of a very rough version of CyanogenMod 7

Common guys, what this shows is that indeed modifications like this can be done, not only limited of course to gingerbread

I honestly don't know why anyone would want to run Android 2.x on a tablet. The experience is pretty bad. Even Google themselves admitted that 2.x isn't suited for larger screens. I'd rather stick with WebOS.

cralias said,
Cyanogen is possibly the best thing that has happened to Android community as a whole.

I agree. However, here is the problem with the TouchPad.

1) Honey Comb source is not fully released.
2) The best they can do with this tablet is slap an OS meant for phones.
3) When Ice Cream Sandwich is released, user interest for this device will most likely be lost. I doubt you will ever see a tablet OS on this device.

UndergroundWire said,

I agree. However, here is the problem with the TouchPad.

1) Honey Comb source is not fully released.
2) The best they can do with this tablet is slap an OS meant for phones.
3) When Ice Cream Sandwich is released, user interest for this device will most likely be lost. I doubt you will ever see a tablet OS on this device.

When Ice Cream Sandwich comes out...they will just port it to the Touchpad. I don't see why interest should wane.

DukeEsquire said,

When Ice Cream Sandwich comes out...they will just port it to the Touchpad. I don't see why interest should wane.

The way I see it is

a) How many TouchPads exist?
b) How many are interested in getting Android on it?

Statistically it will be a low number. Now look at this, the Nook Color has a lot more users interested in porting a full version of Android on the device.

UndergroundWire said,

The way I see it is

a) How many TouchPads exist?
b) How many are interested in getting Android on it?

Statistically it will be a low number. Now look at this, the Nook Color has a lot more users interested in porting a full version of Android on the device.

So your worst case scenario is that someone pays $99 for a tablet with a very good web browser and media capabilities?

(At the moment, I have my Touchpad sitting on my office desk in the inductive charging dock running Orb and streaming live ESPN from my desktop at home.)

DukeEsquire said,

So your worst case scenario is that someone pays $99 for a tablet with a very good web browser and media capabilities?

(At the moment, I have my Touchpad sitting on my office desk in the inductive charging dock running Orb and streaming live ESPN from my desktop at home.)

I didn't know about Orb, thank you for sharing. I've been steaming pandora at work with mine. also updating facebook and watching episodes of Hell's Kitchen I wrote to the tablet. I'd much rather stream content then constantly copying to and from the device.

ndoggfromhell said,

I didn't know about Orb, thank you for sharing. I've been steaming pandora at work with mine. also updating facebook and watching episodes of Hell's Kitchen I wrote to the tablet. I'd much rather stream content then constantly copying to and from the device.

It works pretty amazingly. Very smooth picture as long as you have a good internet connection.

BK201 said,
The $99 tablet just got better. Anyone saying otherwise is just jealous.

Really. Show me you running the CyanoenMod on it.

Also, can I say otherwise because I have a Samsung Tab10.1 and Motorola Xoom running Android 3.2? Or how about if I have a rooted Nook Color running Android 3.1?

I'm running what is meant for tablets and an OS that takes advantage of dual core processors (Xoom and Samsung Tab). Android 2.3.5 doesn't utilize a dual core processor to the best it can. That OS is still meant for phones.

UndergroundWire said,

Really. Show me you running the CyanoenMod on it.

Also, can I say otherwise because I have a Samsung Tab10.1 and Motorola Xoom running Android 3.2? Or how about if I have a rooted Nook Color running Android 3.1?

I'm running what is meant for tablets and an OS that takes advantage of dual core processors (Xoom and Samsung Tab). Android 2.3.5 doesn't utilize a dual core processor to the best it can. That OS is still meant for phones.

I own a root Nook Color and used to own an Asus Transformer.

The HP Touchpad is hands down superior to both. The web browser is SOOO much better than either and I can live without apps as long as I have a good web browser.

Unlucky for me, I bought a refurbished Nook Color 1 week before the Touchpad price drop. I wasn't going to buy the Touchpad until I played with my friends. I woke up early the next day and got one.

Best $99 I've spent.

DukeEsquire said,

I own a root Nook Color and used to own an Asus Transformer.

The HP Touchpad is hands down superior to both. The web browser is SOOO much better than either and I can live without apps as long as I have a good web browser.

Unlucky for me, I bought a refurbished Nook Color 1 week before the Touchpad price drop. I wasn't going to buy the Touchpad until I played with my friends. I woke up early the next day and got one.

Best $99 I've spent.

I am not criticizing you. If you bought for what it is (A dual core browser with not that many apps), then fine. But if you specifically bought it in hopes of getting Android on it, then you foolishly spent a $99 dollars.

I understand that people want a tablet but don't want to spend $500 plus on a good screen size. Either a) buy the original Samsung Tab which has dropped in price (it's still more than $99 but at least you will get something with a lot of Apps NOW!!! b) Get a Nook Color and root it (assuming you are comfortable doing that which by the looks of this thread you should be. I mean you know that if they ever get Android on the HP TouchPad it will not be an easy task. The hardware is locked down tight. c) Wait until the holidays. You will see a lot of $99 7-inch tabs from Android (last year's models).

But to buy this tablet now and set it aside in hopes of getting Android on it is ridiculous to me. I can't make myself any clear than this.

UndergroundWire said,

I am not criticizing you. If you bought for what it is (A dual core browser with not that many apps), then fine. But if you specifically bought it in hopes of getting Android on it, then you foolishly spent a $99 dollars.

I understand that people want a tablet but don't want to spend $500 plus on a good screen size. Either a) buy the original Samsung Tab which has dropped in price (it's still more than $99 but at least you will get something with a lot of Apps NOW!!! b) Get a Nook Color and root it (assuming you are comfortable doing that which by the looks of this thread you should be. I mean you know that if they ever get Android on the HP TouchPad it will not be an easy task. The hardware is locked down tight. c) Wait until the holidays. You will see a lot of $99 7-inch tabs from Android (last year's models).

But to buy this tablet now and set it aside in hopes of getting Android on it is ridiculous to me. I can't make myself any clear than this.

Who is setting their HP Touchpad aside until Android...?

Android is just a bonus.

UndergroundWire said,

Really. Show me you running the CyanoenMod on it.

Also, can I say otherwise because I have a Samsung Tab10.1 and Motorola Xoom running Android 3.2? Or how about if I have a rooted Nook Color running Android 3.1?

I'm running what is meant for tablets and an OS that takes advantage of dual core processors (Xoom and Samsung Tab). Android 2.3.5 doesn't utilize a dual core processor to the best it can. That OS is still meant for phones.


The Galaxy S II and the LG Optimus 2X would like to say hello. Thank you for proving my point. Didn't get one because it was sold out perhaps ?

BK201 said,

The Galaxy S II and the LG Optimus 2X would like to say hello. Thank you for proving my point. Didn't get one because it was sold out perhaps ?

??? I was asking about the GO TouchPad. LMAO.

DukeEsquire said,

Who is setting their HP Touchpad aside until Android...?

Android is just a bonus.

Go over to XDA to see what I'm talking about. This is why I feel it won't ever get HC or ICS.

UndergroundWire said,

Go over to XDA to see what I'm talking about. This is why I feel it won't ever get HC or ICS.

I'm an active XDA participant and have been since the WM 5.0 days.

Like I said, no one is setting aside their Touchpad until Android and I doubt the majority of people bought the Touchpad to install Android.

Most people just want a decent tablet which can surf the web.

DukeEsquire said,
Who is setting their HP Touchpad aside until Android...?

I set mine aside in hopes I'll be able to run early ARM builds of Windows 8.

DukeEsquire said,

...and I doubt the majority of people bought the Touchpad to install Android.

Again, you keep arguing with me for no reason. Let me say it again. I said if you bought it for the reason of installing a different OS you are an idiot. If you bought it for what it is then great you got a good deal on a tablet browser with a few apps. Please put it to rest already.

dotf said,

I set mine aside in hopes I'll be able to run early ARM builds of Windows 8.

Thank you for stepping forward.