Just last week we reported that a HP TouchPad running Android 2.2 was being sold on eBay for $700. The claim seemed a little dubious, especially considering the inflated price tag, but today news just broke that CM7 has finally made its way onto the HP TouchPad. The news comes from Rootzwiki, who included a video and a letter from the CM Team related to the project and its recent progress.

The letter explains that the footage is from last week, meaning much progress has been made, many tablet-centric tweaks have been added, and the team is still hard at work making improvements.

The letter also indicates that the ultimate goal is a multi-boot functional that allows the user to boot CM7, WebOS, and/or a variety of other OSes concurrently. The current build is based on Gingerbread 2.3.5.

Here's the full text of the letter:

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
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.

Source: RootzWiki

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com Ben Marvin

    Wow. I knew it would happen but not this soon. All the more reason to keep looking for a cheap TouchPad.

  • Mance

    Keep up the good work

  • GergS

    Ok, now getting a TouchPad for android looks a bit more plausible. Great to see CM rocking it like always, while collaborating to allow dual-boot!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      If you can still find it.

  • Elvis

    I like how he didn't actually use it...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I think it's due to the touchscreen driver issues mentioned in the letter. Isn't that ironic - a TouchPad you can't touch?

  • http://www.weblogku.com Azam

    Wow... it looks pretty cool.
    After the fix the touchscreen issue, it will be a real TouchPad...

  • Flemming H.Jensen

    You Guys Rock.. Nice work..

  • sgtguthrie

    Glad I bought 2!!!

  • dave

    My day couldn't be better. The only reason I bought my touchpad was so that I could run CM on it. I really am surprised that they are this far already. How about releasing cm on Touchpad and Evo3d at the same time?

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    If the touchpad multi boots every smartphone OS then it would be my dream tablet :)

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    If the touchpad multi-boots all smartphone OS then it would be my dream tablet

  • Will

    But who wants a 2.3 tablet? Its no good until its at Honeycomb

    • sgtguthrie

      I disagree and here's why:

      1. Google never released any Honeycomb source, so any port would be sooo full of bugs that would likely never be fixed(due to a lack of source code).

      2. CyanogenMod is well refined and has tablet tweaks. I'd rather have solid and without bugs, than cutting edge and buggy.

      3. Ice Cream Sandwich is not too far away, and so long as Google releases source code for it, cyanogenmod will switch to it. So, then we'll have cm8 ics :-)

  • GoPadge

    I found two Touchpad's Saturday(8/28) at my local camera / electronics store. They were still listed at $399, but I got them for $125 each.

    After playing with WebOS over the weekend, I'm planning to keep it over an Android 2.2 or 2.3 port. I may reconsider if a Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich version or dual boot if available.

    • MIke

      I agree. I really like webOS and unlike what most sites report, their app selection is good. Not as rich as Android or Apple iOS but better than RIM BlackBerry.

      I will not switch to the Android port. I have an Android phone already. If ICS comes around, then maybe. Maybe.

      • sgtguthrie

        I disagree. I think the app selection sucks, even with preware and homebrew apps. IE no twitter or Netflix. I also really miss tabbed browsing too.

        • Dylan

          'advanced browser' has tabs

      • ByteMyAscii

        Hence the intent to Dual-Boot.
        Will give those who have some purpose or desire to use WebOS in addition to Android the opportunity to continue doing so, and those who do not can just use Android.

  • 100110110

    HP just released about 90k touchpads to their employees, most of which are being resold on ebay. Prices should drop within next few weeks due to a flooded market. Wait another month or two and they will release more. Be patient young padawans, you'll be able to get your hands on one soon enough...and for much less than $200.

    I've scoured their app store, along with homebrews, and the app selection is terrible. 80% of the apps aren't "HD" (full-screen) and show up on your screen as a mobile device...it's comical at best.