Back in 2011 HP released a tablet called the HP TouchPad which was running on webOS. While the device has already been discontinued it doesn’t mean that development for it has already stopped. There’s been a lot of support for this device coming from the programming community that it is now possible to run Android OS on it. One of the problems encountered previously is that Bluetooth support is non-existent but with an update from developer James Sullins has solved this.
The unnoficial Android 4.2.2 build for the HP TouchPad now supports Bluetooth. This makes it possible right now to transfer files using Bluetooth to any smartphone or tablet and vice versa. Sullins says that the ROM is still an experimental build but right now it has a semi-functional camera, and hardware acceleration is working.
HP TouchPad Technical Specifications
- HP webOS 3.0
- 9.7-inch diagonal multi-touch screen with vibrant 18-bit color
- Virtual keyboard
- Wi-Fi: Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless LAN
- Bluetooth™ 2.1+ EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
- Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2 GHz
- 1 GB RAM
- 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage
- Integrated front-facing 1.3 MP webcam
- 6300mAh (typical) lithium-polymer battery
This two year old device still has some respectable specs and can easily compete with some of the entry-level tablets out in the market today. Right now it’s hard to find stores selling this device as it was two years ago.
If you own this model and want to breathe new life to it then you might want to try installing it with JC Sullins Android ROM. Be aware that the procedure for changing the OS of your device is not for beginners. You should have basic knowledge in flashing ROMs for this to be successful.