Install Android 2.3 Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7.1 Alpha) on HP TouchPad

We all know the great HP TouchPad saga. It had great hardware, and a decent OS, webOS, but was priced at exactly the same price point as the Apple iPad 2, which ensured that it had negligible sales.

HP then announced that it would be discontinuing webOS development, and then it offloaded all its TouchPad units in a fire-sale, pricing them at $99 a piece.

All of its existing inventory was completely sold out instantly, and it was, at least for a few hours, the best selling tablet on the planet.

The CyanogenMod team, among others, announced that they were working on porting Android to the HP TouchPad. They also posted a video of Android 2.3 running on the HP TouchPad, with a few kinks.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7) on HP TouchPad

They just launched an alpha build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7.1) for the HP TouchPad. It’s still not a final release, so install it at your own risk.

Here are some instructions on how you can install it on your TouchPad: Tutorial and Instructions to Install Android 2.3 Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7.1) on the HP TouchPad .

Download it here: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (CyanogenMod 7.1 Alpha) ROM for the HP TouchPad

Here’s the official thread at CyanogenMod forums for any queries or support. You will find everything you need there: [ALPHA] CyanogenMod 7 for the HP Touchpad

Android (CyanogenMod 7) for the HP TouchPad is Almost Here!

The HP TouchPad, which no one wanted to even touch with a barge-pole, became an instant hit when HP slashed its price fown to $99, in a fire-sale for clearing all TouchPad inventory before discontinuing all webOS development. Not even the iPad must have sold as fast as the TouchPad did in those days. The TouchPad is still being sold on eBay at over a 100% premium.

I’ve already posted why I would love to buy the HP TouchPad, if I could get my hands on one. First of all, the HP TouchPad sports some killer hardware, which is probably among the best in tablets right now. Secondly, even if you aren’t a huge fan of webOS, you should soon be able to install Android on it, thanks to the efforts of the CyanogenMod and Touch-Droid teams.

Soon after the fire-sale started, these two developer teams announced that they were working on an Android Gingerbread port for the HP TouchPad already.

Here’s the first video of CyanogenMod 7 running on the HP TouchPad.

Today, the CyanogenMod team posted yet another video of Android running on the HP TouchPad. They seem to have ironed out a lot of the kinks in the previous ports.

It now supports Wi-Fi, audio and the Android Market, as well as the accelerometer. There are still a few issues, but a working Android port for the HP TouchPad by the CyanogenMod team seems imminent, considering the speed at which they have made progress.

Why I’m Dying to Buy the HP TouchPad, And You Should Too

As all of you probably know by now, HP killed webOS on its earnings call this week. It also announced that it will be liquidating its TouchPad stock and selling it at fire sale prices – $99 for the 16GB TouchPad and $149 for the 32 GB TouchPad. After that announcement, the TouchPads which weren’t selling at all, became the top selling gadgets of the week.

I have been trying to get my hands on one since 2 days now, but everywhere I check, it’s just sold out. Anyways, a lot of people still aren’t convinced if the TouchPad is a good buy at $99. This post is meant to knock some sense into them.

HP TouchPad

Here’s why I’m dying to buy the HP TouchPad, and you should too:

It’s only $99, dude!

If you said that it wasn’t worth buying the TouchPad at $499, when you could buy the iPad 2 instead, I would totally agree with you.

But with the TouchPad priced at $99, it’d be stupid to not buy it. The hardware powering the TouchPad is really good. It comes with a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, 1 GB RAM and 9.7 inch capacitive display. The cost of these components alone is way more than $99. Besides, there are very few tablets which offer this kind of hardware right now. Compared to those that do, the TouchPad is priced at least 80% lower.

You cannot even get a Chinese knockoff tablet for $99. If you were to just foot the bill of the components used to manufacture the TouchPad, you would be paying more than $200. There has never been a better bargain in the tablet world.

Android for the WIN!

You may be wary of the TouchPad, considering that webOS isn’t as good as iOS or Android. However, here’s some good news. As soon as word of the TouchPad fire sale got out, a group of Android hackers has already announced that they will be porting Android to the TouchPad. While it won’t be getting Honeycomb, it will definitely get a Gingerbread port, and quite possibly, an Ice Cream Sandwich port as well.

I currently have a Nook Color, and trust me, sometimes, support of the dev community is what you want more than great hardware. The dev community has transformed the Nook Color from a puny eBook reader to an excellent Android tablet. They can definitely work wonders with the HP TouchPad, which is a beast in terms of hardware.

webOS isn’t that bad

Even if you don’t see yourself installing Android on the TouchPad, webOS definitely isn’t so bad that it doesn’t deserve even $99, especially when coupled with such awesome hardware. Screw apps, even if you just use it for web browsing, reading books and for an occasional movie, it’s definitely worth the money.

Well, I doubt you can get one now, but if you can, go for it.

Coming Soon: Android on the HP TouchPad

Soon after HP announced that it would be dumping its PC business, it also revealed that it would be discontinuing webOS development as well. HP launched the TouchPad only a few months ago, and according to reports, its retail partners had been unable to sell around 90% of their TouchPad inventory despite significant price cuts.

HP TouchPad

While everyone was wondering about the fate of webOS and writing obituaries about it, HP let out another surprise.

It announced that it would be slashing the price of the TouchPad to $99 for the 16 GB version and $149 for the 32 GB version. In less than an hour, that announcement transformed the TouchPad from the tablet no one wanted, to the tablet that everyone wanted to buy.

While the TouchPad isn’t as good as the iPad 2, it still has some really good hardware – 9.7 inch display, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 16 GB storage etc. There has been a mad rush for the HP TouchPad in the last two days. I haven’t seen such demand even for the iPad.

Installing Android on the HP TouchPad

And here’s some more good news. A group of Android hackers, called the TouchDroid team, has announced that it will be porting Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the HP TouchPad. You can expect to see it in a matter of months. The HP TouchPad is a great buy, and with the developer community backing it now, it might turn out to be the best value-for-money tablet of all time.

Stay tuned; we will be publishing a guide on “How to Install Android on HP TouchPad” as soon as more details come out.