Great news for all the people who bought HP Touchpads with hopes of having Android run on it in the future. It looks like the CyanogenMod team have been able to boot CM7 on the HP Touchpad as of Friday, August 26. The video below, which was released on Friday, clearly shows CM7 booting on the HP Touchpad. The goal is to have a multi-boot solution where one could boot into Android, WebOS, and/or other operating systems.
Before you get all excited, there is still a lot of work to be done before things start working smoothly and everyone can enjoy Android on their $99 Touchpads. For instance, the colors are slightly off and the touch screen doesn’t work at the moment. In order to get things rolling, these developers are in need of additional Touchpads to test and work on. Specifically, they are looking for 4 Touchpads. If you were one of the people who got 12 Touchpads that you’re just storing for whatever reason, why don’t you help out the CyanogenMod team and give them one or two? Come on, do it for science!
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We will be following the team and posting more updates as they become available. If/when Best Buy starts selling more TouchPads, snag one for the CM7 team and help them out. I will. Just be patient. These guys are working hard to make this a reality for everyone, and when they have everything working correctly, we’re sure that they will make things available for everyone.
Here is the note the accompanied the video on Youtube:
Here is some (older) touchpad progress from Friday. The Cyanogenmod team wanted to share it with the public 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.
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
Source: Greentheonly (Youtube)