Remember the HP Touchpad that was released in 2011? This 9.7-inch tablet that ran on webOS 3.0 was discontinued just months after it got released and eventually went on sale at a fraction of its original price. This device is getting a new lease in life as the unofficial Android 4.4.2 KitKat build has been released thanks to the effort of several developers.
Over at the xda-developer forum, developer Jcsullins has released the CyanogenMod 11 build for the HP Touchpad which is based on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat build. This latest build now supports several features that were not working in previous Android builds. Examples include HD video playback, Bluetooth, front-facing camera now works, and an extended battery life.
If you have an HP Touchpad lying around somewhere then you might want to try out this latest Android build. The procedure is detailed by Roland Deschain in his forum post.
Be aware that this new Android build is a “Data Media Build” which means that it uses a different partitioning system than the older Android versions. If you have an older version of Android running on your device then you will have to uninstall it first.
The Data Media build may take a longer process to install but overall it is much better since the HP Touchpad gets more free space which can be used by apps and games. It also allows the device to use the Android 3.x kernel.
Since this is an unofficial build then it’s normal to see several bugs. Those who have already tried out this latest build have encountered problems when running apps such as Google Maps and Netflix among others. Deschain even admits that when the Bluetooth is activates it will sometimes crash the device.
- Operating System: HP webOS
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 1.2Ghz
- Graphics: Qualcomm Adreno core
- Memory: 1GB
- Storage: Choose 16GB or 32GB
- Internet and Communication: Support for Adobe Flash Player and HTML5, Microsoft Exchange email with Direct Push Technology POP3/IMAP
- Display: 9.7-inch diagonal LED backlit multitouch display (capacitive), XGA (1024 x 768)
- Camera: Front-facing 1.3MP camera and digital microphone for live video calling
- Audio: Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio
- Wireless: Wi-Fi:5 Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication, Bluetooth wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
- Battery: 6300mAh (typical) lithium-polymer battery
- Dimensions: 9.45″ (H) x 7.48″ (W) x 0.54″ (D)
- Weight: Approximately 740 grams
Despite originally running on WebOS the HP Touchpad was great for multi-tasking use. It had a keyboard that has dedicated number rows making typing easier. It also came with powerful Beats speakers which provide a great music listening experience. Although it could not connect to a mobile network it could pair with a webOS phone allowing it to make phone calls and send text messages.