Flash Android on your HP TouchPad now, if you dare

It's been a drama riddled process, with team Touch Droid disbanding over the weekend due to an alleged stolen piece of code for the touchscreen from the Cyanogenmod team. Its not clear what this means for development going forward, considering the team had almost gotten the software working.

Either way, late last week the team posted a "semi-working" build of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.5) for the HP TouchPad. A user posted on their forums;

I have decided to release a system dump from my TouchPad which contains a semi-working build of Android 2.3.5 with working touchscreen on the HP TouchPad. Please use this data and the below steps on installation as you see fit. I hope this release will light a fire under the community to work together on a full working port!

The 11 step process requires interacting with the HP Touchpad using a terminal window to execute linux commands and install Android. The technique also includes a way to recover to WebOS, however the two are not dual bootable just yet. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, and don't mind turning your $99 TouchPad into a $99 paperweight, the steps are outlined here or in the videos in this post.

Don't blame us if you accidentally break your device, but do let us know in the comments if you get it to work!

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satukoro said,
This almost makes me want to get a TouchPad just to throw Android on it.

For 99 bucks, it's the reason I did!

Raa said,

For 99 bucks, it's the reason I did!
What's your Android version number? If they come out with Honeycomb sometime soon, I might as well.

Not sure what your friend has been doing to his touchpad, but mine works well. No issues with it, all the preware patches are a great addition, and even with the obvious drawback of fewer apps it does what I want it to. Uberkernel added support for windows shares and overclocking to 1.5ghz, there's apps to read books, tons of cool games, the browser is solid, it has flash, it has built in support for my work's exchange server and a facebook app that is as decent as the one on my android phone. I can't find anything to complain about for $100.

Raa said,
Lack of proxy server support was my biggest issue.
Rumor has it that it's coming in the next webOS update.

PS. Leaving my launch-day TouchPad the way it is.
PPS. Swapping com-boards out of a Verizon Pre2 with a Sprint Pre as we speak.

A friend of mine got a TouchPad on Friday. I was seriously unimpressed with it compared to the weight and build quality of my iPad 2. For $99 though don't get me wrong its a steal, but nothing worked on the damn thing in WebOS. The registration was broke, the web store and many system apps. I can see why HP left this device to die now. If the really re-evaluate things, it might be a different story in the future.

blachole said,
A friend of mine got a TouchPad on Friday. I was seriously unimpressed with it compared to the weight and build quality of my iPad 2. For $99 though don't get me wrong its a steal, but nothing worked on the damn thing in WebOS. The registration was broke, the web store and many system apps. I can see why HP left this device to die now. If the really re-evaluate things, it might be a different story in the future.

Everything works fine on mine, including registration. Lack of apps is my biggest issue, but the way everything works and the build quality are both great as far as I'm concerned. No problem with registration either. Tablets are just toys for me. I can't see spending a whole lot on them.

blachole said,
A friend of mine got a TouchPad on Friday. I was seriously unimpressed with it compared to the weight and build quality of my iPad 2. For $99 though don't get me wrong its a steal, but nothing worked on the damn thing in WebOS. The registration was broke, the web store and many system apps. I can see why HP left this device to die now. If the really re-evaluate things, it might be a different story in the future.

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blachole said,
A friend of mine got a TouchPad on Friday. I was seriously unimpressed with it compared to the weight and build quality of my iPad 2. For $99 though don't get me wrong its a steal, but nothing worked on the damn thing in WebOS. The registration was broke, the web store and many system apps. I can see why HP left this device to die now. If the really re-evaluate things, it might be a different story in the future.

How's Flash working on your iPad 2? I'm steaming 720p Flash videos right now on my Touchpad...

Is your iPad 2 better than the Touchpad? Perhaps. Is it $400 better? No way.

micro said,
wow, WebOS is much much better than gingerbread... This would be a serious downgrade.

Yes, because there's so many apps for WebOS, and it's not like there's no support for WebOS too...

No thanks, i'll go with Android, can't wait to get it onto my Touchpad in it's full form ^_^

Raa said,

Yes, because there's so many apps for WebOS, and it's not like there's no support for WebOS too...

No thanks, i'll go with Android, can't wait to get it onto my Touchpad in it's full form ^_^


touchpad launched with more tablet apps than android currently had(tablet apps). I remember looking it up a couple months ago, touchpad launched with 400 and android had 280 tablet apps.

Gabe3 said,

touchpad launched with more tablet apps than android currently had(tablet apps). I remember looking it up a couple months ago, touchpad launched with 400 and android had 280 tablet apps.

But the touchpad launched to an overall total of way less than 10k apps, where android tablets launched with the the full force of the 150k or 200k apps on the Android market.

SharpGreen said,

But the touchpad launched to an overall total of way less than 10k apps, where android tablets launched with the the full force of the 150k or 200k apps on the Android market.

true, but unless its a tablet app it looks like it would on a phone just blown up.

Raa said,

Yes, because there's so many apps for WebOS, and it's not like there's no support for WebOS too...

No thanks, i'll go with Android, can't wait to get it onto my Touchpad in it's full form ^_^

How many tablet apps are available for Gingerbread? Zero?

Gabe3 said,

true, but unless its a tablet app it looks like it would on a phone just blown up.

LOL at your Android knowledge.

For the record, iPhone/iPod Touch apps look blown up on the iPad. Non-Honeycomb optimized apps look smaller but fills up the tablet and when you use the magnify option (available on 3.2+) Android apps get blown up but not as bad as the iPad magnify feature.

tiadimundo said,
How many tablet apps are available for Gingerbread? Zero?

That's what I am saying. People are so eager to put Gingerbread on WebOS Tablet. Makes no sense. Either keep the WebOS untouched or buy a Honeycomb tablet or an iPad.

UndergroundWire said,

That's what I am saying. People are so eager to put Gingerbread on WebOS Tablet. Makes no sense. Either keep the WebOS untouched or buy a Honeycomb tablet or an iPad.

Speaks volumes about these android users, not even willing to buy tablet devices at full price with their os of choice.

UndergroundWire said,

That's what I am saying. People are so eager to put Gingerbread on WebOS Tablet. Makes no sense. Either keep the WebOS untouched or buy a Honeycomb tablet or an iPad.

Or save £200-£300

bugsbungee said,

Speaks volumes about these android users, not even willing to buy tablet devices at full price with their os of choice.

I purchased the Xoom 3G at full retail price and don't regret that purchase at all. Doesn't mean I wouldn't take a HP touchpad (for 100 bucks) as well. But I guess iOS fan boys are getting defensive as Google's OS takes over the market.

UndergroundWire said,

LOL at your Android knowledge.

For the record, iPhone/iPod Touch apps look blown up on the iPad. Non-Honeycomb optimized apps look smaller but fills up the tablet and when you use the magnify option (available on 3.2+) Android apps get blown up but not as bad as the iPad magnify feature.


for the record, ipad has like 60k or 90k tablet apps last time I checked, i forget exactly, probably 90k by now. using phone apps on ipad is something you dont have to do, with android you still do, theres probably only 600 tablet apps by now.

Gabe3 said,

for the record, ipad has like 60k or 90k tablet apps last time I checked, i forget exactly, probably 90k by now. using phone apps on ipad is something you dont have to do, with android you still do, theres probably only 600 tablet apps by now.

Why is it I see people using Facebook or Google+ on the iPad?

UndergroundWire said,

Why is it I see people using Facebook or Google+ on the iPad?


they dont know they can goto facebook.com ?

Gabe3 said,

they dont know they can goto facebook.com ?

When you are using a low bandwidth WiFi or a 3G iPad, you want to use an app or a mobile site. So umm....thanks.