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HP TouchPad Gets Self-Powered USB OTG Hardware Mod

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While the majority of the development done here on XDA is software, our developers and members have also developed some pretty awesome hardware modifications. With projects that make the HTC HD2 look young again, there isn’t really a limit on what devs can do with hardware. Now, HP Touchpad users can build self-powered USB OTG right into the Touchpad.

XDA Recognized Contributor mpgrimm2 released the mod here to XDA. Be warned, it’s a tough one. As mpgrimm2 explains:

This is a difficult modification that requires you to completely disassemble Touchpad (correct tools a plus), cut and dremel out excess material from the back cover (risk of permanent damage) and display frame. You also need to

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Fix Xperia Play Touchpads and O Button Problems on CM9.x

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For all the mobile gaming enthusiasts out there, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is the perfect combination of a handheld gaming console and an Android phone. With its touchpads and Playstation buttons, playing games on the device is a PSP-like experience. But what happens when you flash a custom ROM like CyanogenMod 9 or 9.1 and find yourself stuck with malfunctioning touchpads and the O button? XDA Forum Member santiis2010 found himself in a similar situation and discovered a very simple solution to it.

The reason for this problem is that the device is identified incorrectly in the build.prop of CM9/9.1. The product model is defined as ‘Play,’ the product brand as ‘Sony,̵. . . READ ON »

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Jelly Bean (CM10) on HP Touchpad, Syncing Apps Across Devices, and FREE OTA Updates! – XDA Developer TV

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There have been so many important stories published on the XDA News Portal this week. To recap these stories, we sent out the Jordan signal—a giant beard spotlight in the night sky—to rally the best man for the job. And as quick as can be, Super XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan arrives to save the day. Jordan talks about syncing apps across devices. Jordan then mentions XDA Developer TV Producer Erica’s Fast Dormancy video and XDA Developer TV Producer TK’s Fast Burst Camera for Android app review.

In CyanogenMod 10 news, Jordan mentions the unofficial update for the HTC Desire Z. Also getting a CyanogenMod 10 release is the HP Touchpad, and the HTC Wildfire S. Finally, Jordan talks abo. . . READ ON »

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CyanogenMod 10 Released on HP Touchpad and Wildfire S

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At this point, it just wouldn’t feel like summer unless we spent a little time talking about Jelly Bean. With releases coming out for seemingly everyone at this point, the devices with ports almost outnumber devices without. As the march continues, two new devices have managed to get some Jelly Bean—one of which becomes the second device to get Jelly Bean that wasn’t released as an Android device. They are the HP Touchpad and the HTC Wildfire S.

For the HP Touchpad, the unofficial CyanogenMod 10 port was developed by XDA Forum Member jcsullins, but posted on XDA by XDA Senior Member BIGSimon. For the Wildfire S, XDA Recognized Contributor benjamingwynn posted the unofficial CyanogenMod 10 . . . READ ON »

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Mod Pack for TouchPad Delivers Better Performance

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Development for the HP TouchPad has always been impressive, especially considering the degree to which it was a commercial flop. Despite being discontinued a number of times, the device still gets more than its fair share of development.

XDA Forum Member rohan32 has released a mod pack aimed at increasing everything from performance and battery life to even faster media streaming.

The feature list is pretty extensive and includes:

-wifi speed increases
-changed bluetooth name to “Touchpad”
-changed build id to “IML74K” so that it is compatible with the Chrome Beta
-increased quality of photos and videos
-added initial dalvik heapsize for better start up
-changed the wifi

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Closer to Perfection–Ubuntu 11.10 Running Natively on HP Touchpad

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Ubuntu and the infamous HP Touchpad.  For those of you around the HPT scene, you know that this is likely a comparable device to the HD2 in terms of flexibility. The device runs WebOS natively, Android (all the way to ICS thanks to the good people at the Cyanogen team), and as of October of last year, Ubuntu. At that time, the port was far from being something anyone would dare installing as it was, for the most part, completely useless. Today, while the port is still in alpha stage, it has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of capabilities and features. XDA member BodenM has done a great job in turning this project into a reality.

If you look through the short thread, you will find other devs helping with the project a. . . READ ON »

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HP Releases Android Kernel For TouchPad

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You may remember that during the HP TouchPad fire sale, a few slates slipped out with a primitive Android Froyo build on them. Well, HP doesn’t seem to know how the tablets hit shelves with Android on board, but its decided to release the source code for the OS. Devs had previously called on the company to hand over the code, but the request was refused since HP had never intended for TouchPads to ship them with Android, so they didn´t were obligated to concede by the open-source requirements.

As a gesture of goodwill to the community, I would say more for a certain amount of pressure from it, Hewlett Packard webOS has reversed course and let the TouchPad specific kernel to appear on the Internet for Devs to play . . . READ ON »

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Mod App Delivers Ability to Change DPI and Fix Market Compatibility for HP Touchpad

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For those who are unfamiliar with DPI, it is short for “dots per inch” and is a measure of the resolution of the display on any given Android device. Modifying it can bring you higher, or lower, resolution to make your screen look better.

For those carrying the HP Touchpad, most users are limited to using either 120dpi or 160dpi. If that’s something you’d like to change, then XDA Senior Member BuddyJoe83 has got an app for you.

Enter LCD Density Modder. It’s an app that allows users to choose their own DPI, regardless of the number. This gives Touchpad owners the ability to make their resolution literally whatever they want it to be. Another feature of the app is that it modifies the m. . . READ ON »

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Synaptics Hardware Hacked Touchpad Running CyanogenMod 7 – XDA TV

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Here we see Synaptics showing off their HP  Touchpad at CES 20120. This Touchpad isn’t quite like all the others, however. Synaptics has replaced the daughterboard responsible for sensing touch and replaced it with their own.  HP used 16 different chips to make their board, while the new Synaptics board uses only one. As explained in the video, the result is the ability to detect up to ten fingers and record each individual pressure response from those fingers. There’s also a mention of better battery life since there are less chips, but no real mention as to whether or not the battery performance boost is noticeable.

To demo other improvements made, a homebrew version of CyanogenMod 7 ha. . . READ ON »

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CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 Makes Its Way to the HP TouchPad

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Despite the incorporation of tablet tweaks into CyanogenMod 7, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread-based ROM simply isn’t ideal for use with the larger and higher-resolution screens seen on tablets. That’s why deep down, we’ve all been pining for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich goods to make their way to the HP TouchPad tablet for quite some time.

The long wait has now finally paid off, as device maintainer and XDA forum member dalingrin has now released an extremely Alpha build of the tablet-optimized and AOSP-built ROM. While the release is fully usable, the various missing features may preclude its use as a daily driver for certain users. Notably absent from this Alpha 0 build is OMX hardw. . . READ ON »

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HP Touchpad Can Now Run Arch Linux

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At last glance, people who took advantage of the super awesome clearance sale of the HP Touchpad have the option of keeping WebOS on their tablets or throwing some CyanogenMod goodness on there.

Now, Touchpad owners have yet another option for their increasingly versatile tablets and that option is Arch Linux ARM. XDA Member crimsonredmk has released an alpha release of the popular operation system that’s HP Touchpad compatible. Being an alpha release, of course, means that there’s a few bugs and kinks that still need to be worked out, including:

No webcam
No bluetooth
No sound

So if you can live without a few things for the time being and this looks like something you would like to try out, you can fi. . . READ ON »

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MIUI for the HP Touchpad

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With the recent announcement of webOS’s impending transition to an open source license, some of us may have temporarily forgotten about our favorite little green robot. Rest assured, however, that some does not necessarily mean all.

Thanks to hard work by XDA Senior Member scott951, adventurous TouchPad owners can now experience a taste of MIUI-flavored Gingerbread on their tablets. Unlike previous Android ports to the tablet, which have mainly centered around CyanogenMod and its derivatives, this MIUI infusion results in quite a favorable tablet experience.

 Working:

  • Audio/Sound
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Touchscreen
  • Charging
  • All sensors
  • Wired earphone/headphone
  • Gallery
  • YouTube
  • MIUI Backup (
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HP TouchPad Firesale Part Deux?

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It really was a shame that it was already too late for WebOS when the HP Touchpad came out. It had quality hardware, and has proven that it can survive being poked and prodded by hackers and modders of every skill level. In  many ways, the $99 firesale that happened when HP decided to dump their stock of the TouchPad was the best possible thing for it. Not only did it get the device into  the hands of people who were still unsure about whether or not they wanted a tablet, but also the hands of developers from every walk of life. The end result was an influx of new users and developers that would otherwise not have come in to play. It seemed like the HP Firesale was going to be a one time deal, until a recent note from HP announced . . . READ ON »

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