HP Touchpad gets another boost. CM team working on CyanogenMod


It looks as if HPs recent announcement to discontinue webOS devices turned out to be good for sales. The price reduction of the tablet to 99$ and 149$ quickly cleared the stock at most stores. But I felt that those who pounced upon the low price sale might suffer given the number of bugs with the UI. WebOS is a good OS with intuitive UI but it lags, hangs and has poor number of apps. Well, not any more will the users of WebOS feel inferior when they see an iPad of Android tablets. Because they are going to get CyanogenMod.

Here is a video showing CyanogenMod Alpha build running on Touchpad:

and the following is a letter from CM team

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
www.cyanogenmod.com

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.

It would just be a matter of time before Touchpad owners rejoice and get more than money’s worth of tablet experience.

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