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The CyanogenMod team recently teased us with a video of CM9 running on the Touchpad and now it looks like their efforts have culminated in the first Alpha ("Alpha 0") release of CM9 for the WebOS tablet.

The earlier CM7 Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 builds were quite buggy and not really ready for primetime use, but the latest CM9 release is a whole "*two* CyanogenMods better", bringing Ice Cream Sandwich goodness to the Touchpad. However, CM9 is still Alpha 0, which means "'zero hardware-accelerated video', 'zero camera', and 'zero support!'". In addition, the audio "is a mess", the microphone does not work, market filters prevent some apps from being installed, Titanium Backup crashes the kernel, some older hardware problems from CM7 still exist, and traditional storage mounting is not supported. Whew! So, if you want a seamless, unfettered user-experience we would recommend looking elsewhere. But, if you don't mind a challenge then head over to RootzWiki and read through the detailed instructions for installing CM9 on your Touchpad.

The CM team has also been kind enough to release all the CM9 source code for the HP Touchpad. So, if you want, you can build CM9 from scratch all by yourself.

Laslty, CyanogenMod have made an open call to their fellow developers, asking for for assistance in fixing bugs and improving the ROM:

Now that the source is open we would love to see fellow developers contribute bug fixes and improvements. This is something that does not happen enough in the Android world and we'd love to change that trend. Please feel free to contact us in #cyanogenmod-touchpad to get involved and to discuss current and future developments.

If you want to see CM9 in action on the Touchpad, check out the video below:

Although HP has continued to release updates for its now discontinued Touchpad, the Android faithful among us are glad to have the CyanogenMod team on the job.

[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.

  • jjrudey

    I can't wait until there's something for my Galaxy Nexus.

    • GergS

      Truth. I'm running Bugless Beast 4.0.3, which is essentially just stock. Ready for CM9!

  • Ben

    Looking forward to CM9 on my Desire Z and OG Transformer :)

  • ortonbears

    As soon as I get home I'm going to push cm9 onto the HPTP ....waiting for cm9 for inspire 4g.

  • Matt s

    Have you tried ICS for inspire4g yet?
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1343361

    • ortonbears

      Haven't rooted phone yet....waiting on cm9. It's amazing on the HP touchpad!

  • RCK

    Already flashed it and it looks good :)

  • Mgamerz

    Gonna hold off on this one. Too buggy it sounds.

  • Josh

    Did they seriously release it on today of all days? All the sites went black :(

    • Tyler

      ahaha, this made me chuckle a little bit

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Video is not showing in the post.....you should check that out

    • http://www.androidpolice.com Abhiroop

      Thanks for pointing it out. Fixed!

  • JohnK

    Not sure about the CM crew but i know most of the folks on this site hated on all of Palm/HP's webOS devices over the last 2 years. Why would anyone want to put any android OS on what most people here say is crap hardware. Seems pointless to me.

    • Ben

      Really not that hard to figure out: (1) Because they can; (2) $99 + donation-supported software = 10" ICS tablet (name one other quality 10" tablet that can be had for that price); (3) HP Touchpad hardware is actually decent (beautiful display, for example), but heavy relative to other tablets.

  • Surya

    Personally I don't think the hardware on the Touchpad is crap at all. It was just not up to spec compared with the stuff that is out there at the time of its release. Also the OS was indeed a piece of crap when it first got released but with the latest 3.0.5 update and also the Preware community it has become a very pleasant device to use. Can't beat that I bought mine for 150 bucks for the 32 gb version. Now ICS will be out for it and I will be hard pressed to think "oh I should have spent 600 bucks for the Galaxy Tab/Transformer Prime/iPad" because the price is just unbeatable. And with ICS coming to it and WebOS going open source this device just got a new lease on life! All the haters just hate the fact they paid 3-4 times as much as the Touchpad buyers did for their hardware.

    Personally if I were to spend 600 bucks on mobile computing it would either be a phone unlocked without a contract or a laptop. Not on a tablet.

  • Douglas

    What I've noticed and have done. What you can do to get some applications is download the amazon app store and us that as some form of support. Its actually holding over quit well. Haha I've been looking more and more on getting around some of these bugs and flaws that alpha 0 has right now. Good job CM. Tweet at me @DougHornung

  • Douglas

    What I've noticed and have done. What you can do to get some applications is download the amazon app store and use that as some form of support. Its actually holding over quit well. Haha I've been looking more and more on getting around some of these bugs and flaws that alpha 0 has right now. Good job CM. Tweet at me @DougHornung

  • Kevin

    With all due respect to the Cyanogenmod team, do any of these builds come out to Beta, or even a stable Alpha where audio and video work?

    Why would you want to use this? Just so you have bragging rights that you have ICS on your touchpad?

    • Mgamerz

      Oh yeah cause WEBOS is so functional compared to Android... not! WebOS is garbage. It was good years ago but it sucks today. You cannot scroll a menu without it lagging.

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