First HP TouchPad Homebrew Patches show up in Preware | webOS Nation

First HP TouchPad Homebrew Patches show up in Preware 21

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Mon, 04 Jul 2011 5:11 am EDT

The WebOS Internals team has been known for making great homebrew software for webOS smartphones, and now they're bringing those products to the HP TouchPad as well.

There are a few bits of news to share in the world of homebrew when it comes to updates for the HP TouchPad. First up, if you have already bought your TouchPad, or are waiting on one to arrive at your doorstep, you are now able to install Preware, the homebrew app/patch/theme catalog for webOS, directly on your TouchPad. Having been updated to version 1.7, Preware can be installed on your TouchPad using a few different methods (like WebOS Quick Install by Jason Robitaille), but don't forget to put your device into Developer Mode first.

Once Preware is installed and the feeds are updated, you'll see that a few patches have already made it into the catalog to be installed for your TouchPad and enhance that initial experience. The first patch to be officially completed for webOS 3.0, Glass Effects Squite by Garrett92c, is actually a theme that makes some very aesthetically pleasing changes to the default app launcher and menus on the device (you can catch those screenshots after the break below). There are a few other patches available as well, like "Make It Right..." "Make it so..."which updates your JustType bar, though none that offer the advanced configuration options that we grew to love on our webOS smartphones in the past (we're told that's all coming soon).

Since you'll be finding yourself at least somewhat satisfied with the homebrew offerings for the TouchPad after you get setup with the latest version of Preware, we'd like to remind you that WebOS Internals develops and maintains all of the software and services that homebrewers everywhere have come to love at absolutely no cost and 100% Open Source GPL. So why not send a few bucks their way to support their continual development and ensure that we'll see a lot more updates in the future for both tablet- and smartphone-sized webOS versions.

Update: As Rod Whitby, head of WebOS Internals, would remind us in the comments below, donating to WebOS Internals does not benefit the other homebrew developers that have put time into this on their own without their help. If you find a patch that you enjoy, click through their developer link in Preware to the forums to see if they have a donation link as well. They'll certainly appreciate it if you do.

Source: WebOS Internals (Twitter);


Patch for hiding the quick launch bar and having the quick launch wave instead (like the pre) would be great. Lets donate.

Man do I ever miss my launch wave. Having a visible dock is so 2007.

I kind of like the idea of the iPad double tap the home key to access recent applications. I realize that you don't actually have to close them on the TouchPad, but it would be a great place to have most recently accessed, or most frequently accessed apps automagically populate.

Cards do that by-design. Whatever you used recently would open near the card you're currently using.
On an unrelated note, it's time that we stopped getting so many screenshots in landscape mode when portrait is so much more appropriate for this of content.

I've nothing against landscape, of course, but it makes the user interface appear less pleasing (or more second-rate) when there's so much wasted space.

The icons already pale in-comparison to those on iOS. Let's not make them look worse (or less plentiful than they already are) by landscape orientation making small icons look smaller.

Again, the same spacing concerns apply when there are just words on the screen.
And here's another vote for the return of the quick launch wave.

I can't wait to have Preware on my Touchpad and see patches coming one by one each day.

So thank you in advance for all the homebrew developers who will help me to have a tailor-made tablet.

Be assured that I won't forget to donate!

Don't forget to follow the Homepage links in the package description for the patches you use, and see if the individual patch authors have a donation address.

Most of the patches in Preware are contributed by homebrew developers who are not part of WebOS Internals, and your thanks for their patch contributions should go directly to those developers.

WebOS Internals does maintain the infrastructure that delivers those patches to you, but the patches themselves are mostly contributed by a wide variety of different homebrew developers.

-- Rod

Hey Rod, have you been Sainted yet?


What you guys do is AMAZING and I want nothing more than for you all to be able to continue uninterrupted. Do you think you can do a revshare of some sort? I'd love to donate to one location and have it divided to everyone who contributes, you can do this based on downloads or review scores or something.

I know this sounds like a lot of work but we want to pay/donate to you guys and make it as easy for everyone as possible :-)

Doug Kaplan

This (homebrew) is what keeps us hanging around WebOS. Despite the negative comments of frustration that come out from time to time you guys are appreciated!

I totally agree !!

this is why I love webos... Patches ;)

I wish Hp will come out with a 4G phone on Sprint soon

Who the **** would vote this down? Show yourself, you coward! There is no way whatsoever that HP releasing a 4G phone on Sprint would be a bad thing. In fact, more carriers, more products, more users, more developers, everybody wins. So whoever downvoted this, I can smell your troll-breath.

For some around here, any and every mention of wanting a phone on Sprint is reason enough to whine, complain, and down-vote.

It's Make it So, not Make it Right.
"Make it So" is in Star Trek's Captain Picard's famous line.
Not "Make it Right" HP's little carrot on the end of the "in the coming months" stick.

Make it So is SOO much cooler :)

Oh my, my mind. I don't know where it's gone. I looked at it, installed the patch and even said it out loud for full effect, and then I typed THAT!?


Admit it Tim, your mistake was caused by too many trips to the beverage dispenser.

Bottoms up!

its actually funny with the make it right crossed out, a subtle jab at HP, even if you did it subconsciously

I was in line for the Touchpad on day one, and havent been able to put it down! BUT boy oh boy do I miss my Homebrew stuff. I'm in develepor mode and ready to tweak! I also realize just how much I depended on that swipe move. I surely see that, pressing that middle button will be the first thing that breaks down on the Touchpad. So lets go Homebrew I'm having withdrawl pains already!

Preware will not install on my touchpad any suggestions? Plus the webos quick install appears blurry

I just really want to see more themes for touchpad. So far only two I see work with touchpad. Loving the patches!