Aug 29 AT 8:17 AM Anthony Domanico 16 Comments

Cyanogen Mod 7: Coming soon to the HP Touchpad


If you were one of the lucky few who managed to snag an HP Touchpad for $99-$149 a week ago in hopes that someone would find a way to get the Android operating system on there, it seems your short wait may soon be over.  This weekend brought a few big steps towards making this dream a possibility.

First, AndroidSpin is reporting that the HP Touchpad now has ClockworkMod Recovery, as well as ADB access. These are both essential tools for rooting your device and flashing custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod.

Speaking of CyanogenMod, the folks over at RootzWiki were tipped by a member of the CyanogenMod team that an early build of CyanogenMod 7, the most popular ROM based on the Gingerbread OS, has made it’s way to the Touchpad.

Since the port of Cyanogen Mod to to the Touchpad is in a very early alpha build, it may be some time (read: hopefully a few weeks/months) before they finally have CM7 working the way they want it to before they release it en masse. As a means of tying you over and demonstrating progress on the build, the CyanogenMod team has put out the following teaser video.

Whether or not the HP Touchpad can truly become the best $100 Android tablet still remains to be seen, but the powerful hardware coupled with the best alternative operating system out there will almost certainly be a force to be reckoned with.

Be sure to stay tuned to the CyanogenMod site for updates on their work on the Touchpad. If you absolutely cannot wait to get your hands on an Android-toting Touchpad, you can always pick up one of the Qualcomm units on eBay.

Were you one of those who managed to snag a Touchpad on the cheap? Did you buy it in hopes of someone figuring out a way to port Android to it? Sound off by leaving a comment below.

Source: Rootzwiki

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  • JBC

    Sounds promising but will all the images be scaled for a tablet? Or is it going to just be CM7 on a big ass screen?

  • Anthony Domanico

    It’s too soon to tell, but I have CM7 running on my wife’s Nook Color, and I can tell you that it seems very tablet-optimized.

    I’m sure CM7 on the Touchpad will be awesome.


    I managed to find a 32gb tp, truthfully i have no desire to port android to it.. Not yet, maybe if they can manage to get honeycomb/ics and itsstable enough. Butthen again i have a xoom, so i may not have the urgency others have. I rather enjoy webos for what it is

    • Anthony Domanico

      That’s kind of what I’m thinking as well. I’d like to try WebOS for a while.

      Nevertheless, it seems the CM team is working so that you can have BOTH Gingerbread and webOS on there.

  • head-sniper

    wo needs a shaby hp touchpad when you can get an ipad???wtf???? i have an ipad 2.

    • failtroll

      Uh, nice try troll. You missed the point that this tablet was selling for 100 dollars. If it gets full CM support, it will have been the best tablet on the market for the price. Try finding an Ipad(1 or 2) for that price.

      • nomegustahead-sniper

        Failtroll, he also missed the point that this is ANDROIDandME not FANBOYisME

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  • Dr.Carpy

    Hey folks, I agree wholeheartedly! I think the only think I’d switch for is ICS. Just got my Touchpad yesterday [no Lea Michelle didn't come with it to entertain me ;) :( ], but so far so good! probably will hold out for the quad core ICS tablets scheduled to make an appearance later this year and beyond.

  • Richard Needham

    Wow, i wish i had gotten two of them.

  • pekosROB

    My 32 GB comes in today! I would have bought the 16 GB but they were sold out…

  • Rashad

    Aren’t we basically dancing on WebOS’s grave right now? Being wrong never felt so right!

  • Michael

    Awesome! Keep up the great work!!!

  • Mike

    I bought two of these for my sons. At $99 it was a sweet gadget for them, and didn’t break my wallet. The only thing they care about, though, are the games and books. WebOS looks nice, but even with Preware installed, there is just not a lot of options as far as games/apps are concerned. And I don’t want to start shelling out cash on paid apps for an OS that’s most likely not getting any new apps released. And don’t get me started on the poor eBook support.

    Android store would be the bee’s knees for what I need.

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