Soon after HP started their TouchPad fire sale, a version of the device running Android 2.2 appeared on eBay and went on to sell for almost $700. Hopes for an Android port were high and the developer community swung into action offering a $2300 bounty for anyone who could load Android on the TouchPad. The CyanogenMod team, Android developers extraordinaire, did not disappoint and soon the news broke that they had managed to successfully get Android running on the TouchPad. Over the next few weeks the CM team made a number of tweaks to the various hardware and software components of the HP TouchPad, including GPU acceleration, Wi-Fi, Sound, Accelerometer, 3D Games, and video acceleration to ensure that CM7 worked smoothly.

And now, after a month of waiting, the CM team feel that it is time for the first alpha release of CM7 for the HP TouchPad. However, be warned, this is an early alpha release and intended for "those technically competent hobbyists and developers who are interested in testing an early development version and fully understand the risks of doing so may find interest in it". Although HP have indicated their "moral support" for the project, it is prudent to assume that installing CM7 onto your TouchPad will VOID your warranty.

If you are unsure of how CM7 will look on the TouchPad, have a look at Mr Chekov demoing some of its features:

The video shows him play around with the Bluetooth, Netflix, a bit of gaming, and in between he is interrupted by a few Skype calls. To my untrained eye CM7 seems to be running pretty well on the TouchPad, the screen appears responsive, the video is clear, and the audio is crisp. Indeed, the list of working components includes, touchscreen support, GPU acceleration, Bluetooth, dual-core processing, sound, accelerometer, camera, vibration, backlight, LED, softkeys, and Wi-Fi. However, most of these components are not functioning at 100% and there are app compatibility issues.

If you wish to report any bugs (and there are a lot), check out the list here: http://code.google.com/p/cmtouchpad/issues/list.

Finally, if all this is too much for you and you want to start over simply launch the WebOS Doctor and reset your device.

Head on over to the Rootzwiki thread to read the complete installation instructions and download the necessary files.

And remember, folks, "ETA's are a bad omen".

Source: Rootzwiki

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Nicholas

    I just ejaculated a little in my pants. Can't wait to get home to try this out. Can't believe I am the only person who knows about this right now. WAKE UP TP COMMUNITY. CM7 is HERE!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/abhiroop-basu/ Abhiroop Basu

      I love the enthusiasm. Please let me know how it goes?

      • GoPadge

        I'm a bit disgusted by the enthusiasm... But to each their own. ;-)

  • http://www.excloo.com/ maxexcloo

    I've been waiting so long, I will report back!

    • http://www.excloo.com/ maxexcloo

      Just installed it, everything is working nicely!

  • sgtguthrie

    Nice... I'll be installing this today!

  • Dave

    Best news of the morning. Way to go CM

  • Wr3ck

    Now for someone to put up a bounty so they can finally make CM for the Epic!

    • http://denh.am DrMacinyasha

      Decad3nce has posted a selfkang for Epic 4G.

  • Simon Belmont

    Any chance we will get the ability to dual boot Android and webOS? I love CyanogenMod, but I like being able to play with webOS too.

    I hope that this will be possible. I remember reading in the beginning that it should be.

    • http://denh.am DrMacinyasha

      You should try reading more often. Go look at the FAQ in the forum link.

      • Simon Belmont

        Wow. That was a pointlessly rude response. For your information, I was on a break at work, and figured I would quickly ask in the comments. Usually, I get courteous and insightful responses here at the Android Police website. :)

        By the way, I already have my answer now anyway. But thanks for wasting your time to reply with such an invective response. ;)

    • sgtguthrie

      They even show it dual booting in the video above! Myself, I'd rather just replace webOS! Hopefully they'll have a good method for that soon!

      • Peter

        Don't really need to. WebOS doesn't take up that much space on the device.

      • Simon Belmont

        Yep! Unfortunately, I only had time to read the text of the post and not watch the video because I was on a break.

        I did, however, see the dual booting when I watched it at home. I am very excited!

  • http://ericcamil.com Eric

    The one day I don't bring my touchpad to work, is the one day I could have loaded Android on it while at work. I cannot wait to try this out!!!

  • Brandon

    It's working excellent! Obviously it's a work in progress so keep your expectations set there but man! I can't believe how smoothly it's running.

    Just an FYI -- I had upgraded my TP to WebOS 3.0.3 previously -- ACMEInstall went off without a hitch. :)

  • RCK

    @Simon Belmont dual boot is already possible and as far as I know its even neccessary at the moment!

    Ive flashed cm7 on my touchpad useing the provided manual and I can dualboot cm7+webos and access cwm.

    Played around for 2hours or so with android and for an alpha this is very impressive!

    Some things I noticed: battery drain, some apps dont show up in the market which should, google docs doesnt work, had 1 hang up after I didn t use the pad for about 2hours.. the screen was just black!

    Nevertheless: Huge probs to the cm team and keep up the great work :) never would have bought a touchpad if androud wouldn t have been around the corner at that time!

    • Simon Belmont

      Thank you for the useful and detailed response! This is the type of response I have come to cherish here at the Android Police website.

      I am loading CM7 on my HP TouchPad this evening. I can not wait!

    • Surgio

      What you do to fix the black screen? Same thing happened

    • craig

      Screen went black also. Any fix!?!?!?

      • sgtguthrie

        Hold center button and power button until it reboots. 20 sec maybe. Once back in Android, use setcpu to raise your minimum frequency. Fixed it for me :-)

  • Robin

    Meh... never ever try to report a gapps package bug. It will get ignored even if you have the solution. Posts in CM forum will get blocked.
    This sucks.
    Bug in gapp packaging? Live with it or shut up.
    Posted my issue here for example: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=18327087#post18327087
    Or here: https://plus.google.com/105550338759561136898/posts/C5RWmEcEyrg

    Or here: http://forum.cyanogenmod.com/topic/32997-gapps-bug-found-i-know-how-to-fix-it-what-should-i-do-now/

    What's going wrong here?

  • http://google.com Chess

    If you install android on the touchpad can you update it to the newer version CM made?

  • Peter

    great job, thanks. Haven't had that much fun since "SLACKWARE" You sure created a foolproof installation. "Superuser access may be a bit too tempting for some..

  • mike
  • Jon S.

    I just installed CM, and the power level keep dropping even sitting on the charger.

  • http://[email protected] niners

    When I'm not using the touchpad it turns off and sometimes wont turn power back on. Just now I held the power button multiple times for alslmost a min.anyone else having same problems?

    • kash

      Yes I have the same problem. It randomly turns off. It does not turn on even when you press and press the power button.
      The way you turn it on is by pressing and holding both Power and Home buttons for about 7 seconds.

      Let me know if it works for you