CyanogenMod 7 enjoying dual boot Android alpha glory on TouchPad
It pains us to see this, but at the same time we have to admit that it’s pretty slick: dual-booting Android and webOS on the HP TouchPad. Ever since the TouchPad dropped to ridiculous fire sale pricing, the Android homebrew community has been hard at work getting their favored OS to run on our favored tablet. And they’re getting closer and closer to a viable platform with CyanogenMod 7.
The group, with the assistance of WebOS Internals, has managed to get Android 2.3 running in dual-boot mode on the TouchPad (i.e. you can shut it down and on reboot, you have the option to select webOS or Android). The port is still considered to be in Alpha, and while they’ve made considerable progress on essential items like wireless connectivity, accessing the USB partition, gaining multi-touch support, and more, there are still some very rough edges. For instance, when in Android, the battery constantly drains, and plugging in headphones does not yet mute the speakers. But that’s why it’s Alpha, and not Beta or Release Candidate.
The installation process isn’t exactly for the brave of heart either. We’ll admit it, we got a little light-headed reading the installation instructions. But if you’re really wanting to get Netflix on your TouchPad, this could very well be your only option. Given the massive enhancements the CyanogenMod team has made available to Android users, we can’t help but anticipate the future of their Android port to the TouchPad. Video of the torrid affair is after the break.