Just six days after The CyanogenMod (CM) team released the first alpha build for the TouchPad, they're back with alpha 2. Despite being bumped up a version, it's still an alpha, meaning there are many things that can (and likely will) go wrong. Still, it looks like they've made quite a few improvements with the update:

(AKA things we hope we fixed)

* Plugging headphones in should now shut off speaker volume
* Battery drain issues have been (partially) addressed
* More apps now available in market (thanks to Flemmard)
* Temporarily removed suspect fsck_msdos to fix random folder deletion on media/sdcard.
* At least one type of "sleep of death" (TP won't wake up) has been fixed
* Wifi should no longer hang in sleep
* Vibrator no longer disappears
* Touchscreen no longer unresponsive after sleep
* cifs support added
* Touchstone should now charge better
* fixed broken links resulting from first version of installer (mount now works)
* pptp vpn now works
* OpenVPN TUN support added
* USB mounting in vold added
* Misc. fixes to ACME Installer (more graceful exits, nonstandard LVM media location handling, etc.)
* fixes to surfaceflinger to improve performance
* upstream cm7 changes added

Additionally, there is now an ACME UnInstaller for those who wish to remove the alpha completely. It should remove cm7 and reclaim the space back to the original media partition. Just as with the alpha itself, use the uninstaller at your own risk. Instructions for use are below.

The team does include the usual disclaimer that "Alpha2 is an extremely rough build. Expect more crashes than you can count. Many many things do not work yet." In other words, unless you're a pretty hard-core nerd willing to play the part of brutal lab rat, you may want to steer clear for another few weeks until more bugs are worked out.

Sound like your cup o' tea? Hit up the source link for more details, download links, and instructions. And if you do run the alpha code for a bit, be sure to keep an eye on the bug list and contribute wherever possible!

[Source: RootzWiki]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Brandon

    Awwwww yeeeeeeaaaahhh!

  • Ali

    Why would they continue working on gingerbread source code when the knwo ICS will be released soon? Isn't it a waste of their time? Just wondering. Can someone explain plz?

    • Rob

      It's not really a waste of time, a lot of these fixes would still need to be worked out for ICS, doing them now just saves time as differences (at least for hardware drivers etc, which most of these fixes are for) will be very minimal.

      In short, the more that is solved for Gingerbread, the less work ICS will be.

      • Ali

        That makes more sense. But again, wouldn't a new version of android require different drivers? I'm not much tech savvy, but I'm comparing it with windows for example, drivers for xp and vista might not always work for 7

        • mason farber

          android is based on linux which is much more lenient on drivers than windows

    • cosmic

      In addition to what Rob said ICS source code (what they work with) likely won't be available for 1-2 months. So rather than sit idle they can fix known issues and get more acquainted to the hardware.

      • Ali

        Yes correct, I understand now. Thank you for the responses

  • Gareth

    Hmmm... the new version still freezes up my Touchpad after several minutes of a screen timeout. Oh well... looking forward to the next release.

  • Forrest

    I confirm CM7 is pretty awesome on the TP!!!


    even the first alpha was relatively stable for me..one TP didn't brick for 2 days with lots of usage. only known issue on mines were the loss of wifi when you leave and come back, but there were workarounds..almost all apps worked, no problems with headphones/speak on same time. now testing cm7a2.1, so far so good. totally impress with cm team. if this was alpha, i can't wait for beta. and ? as to why do this port instead of waiting for ice cream sandwich? dude, this is technology, if it can be done yesterday, someone would have gotten it done yesterday. if you are the waiting type, then you shouldn't even be reading articles on an ALPHA version of any software..why waste your time here? it'd be like saying "let's wait for iphone 5 release before we invest our resources on this great new idea of a software", you snooze, you lose in technology.

    • Ali

      I agree with you, and no I'm not the waiting type, I want this thing done the day before yesterday :). I know this is a noob question, but I had to ask it, otherwise I would have spent more time trying to figure out the obvious when more knowledgeable people could clarify it to me right away. Don't tell me not to go to school and ask questions coz I would be hindering the advancement of science, is this what you're proposing? :P JK

  • tyco rc

    Awesome! ! Wifi still acts up and randomly stops working but overall very nice!! Hope to see beta sooner than later :)

  • chemao

    I'm really pleased with the direction they've taken with this MOD. I'm running it on my touchpad and while I will agree that it's INCREDIBLY rough... it's still nice to have more than 10 apps available in the marketplace, when compared to WebOS. I wasn't so motivated to do it until the most recent WebOS update which totally fucked up the touchpad (i.e. touchstone doesn't work with cover now, the accelerometer is fucked, rending Asphalt 5 my favorite game -- useless, CPU clocks run slow all the time now, speed tweaks are broken, and a couple of other things.)
    The android interface is really pitiful compared to WebOS, and with the application crashes, I find it retarded that there is no 'task manager' that can kill the apps. I have to resort to reboots when a program hangs.
    I keep hearing that Ice Cream Sandwich will be better, as it was more designed for tablets, but that's still to be seen.
    I hope that there is some work done on the graphics performance, as watching videos or playing games is not very smooth at all. WebOS handled video without any issues (courtesy of kalemsoft player).
    Finally let me just say that if you asked me was it worth it, I would answer a resounding YES! Although I'm not satisfied with Android in it's current release, the guys at the Cyanogenmod team are really damn smart and based on what I've seen them do in such a short time, I have every reason to believe they will turn this Touchpad into one of the best android tablets out there... if not THE best one. I'm so glad I didn't get an iPad and be choked into using itunes, not to mention the lack of flash. Also, $600 bucks for an ipad is a little high :)

  • fanboy666

    Typing this now on my alpha 2 touchpad and its awesome. Web os was functional at best but still very weak overall. I kept runing into non stop issues viewing websites on the touchpad. Alpha 2 is great and I can't wait to see the next release. A semi buggy android tablet is still light years better than HP web os.

  • L Carter

    Installed today no problem. Got the same apps I have on my phone (most of them) and so far everything is good. Excellent work!!

  • Brandi

    One thing I noticed is that while I am using the web browser I am unable to have more than one "pop up" window open at a time. I haven't used any other tablet so I'm not sure if thats normal for this or certain ones or if it's a glitch.

  • Tim S

    How do I get the touchpad working again when the touchscreen won't work. I can't reboot it because I can't click on reboot?

  • Adam

    It froze on the USB screen... Its completely unresponsive, can anyone help if possible?