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Sep 12 2011   1:56AM GMT

HP Touchpad and Android

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

So I just got my new 32gb Touchpad today, while the webOS works well for most things that I have tried, I already want to install the Android OS onto it. Reading up on the project, it seems that the Android port takes full advantage of the HP Touchpad Dual Core Snapdragon processor. Rumour has it a full dual boot option will be released soon.

HP’s tablet ships with the webOS operating system, but early reviewers complained that the tablet felt sluggish at times when running webOS, despite the fact that it has a fast 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. But in this video, it looks like Android 2.3 Gingerbread runs about as well on the TouchPad as on any other smartphone or tablet I’ve seen.

Hopefully it won’t be long before CyanogenMod works out the kinks and uploads a build of CyangonMod 7 for anyone to download and install on the tablet. One of the best things about this particular project is that CM7 will dual boot with webOS, which means you won’t have to uninstall the original operating system to try out Android on the TouchPad.

One of the major features missing is WIFI support although Internet connectivity is possible via USB. I’ll be sure to post a follow-up when the port is available, and I have it loaded on to my Touchpad. Check out the full story here.


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