New XDA Home Page, HP Touchpad Lollipop – XDA TV
Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the Nexus 10 and 7 is available! That and much more news is covered by Jordan when he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is the announcement of the new XDA Home. Also, be sure to check out the article talking about TWRP version 188.8.131.52! That’s not all that’s covered in today’s video!
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA TV. XDA TV Producer TK released a video reviewing the must have app Helium. Then, droidmodd3rx sort-of reviewed the new CyanogenMod 12 release. Finally, TK gave us an XDA App review of Tiny Apps. Be sure to also check out the article describing the experience we had at the 2015 AT&T Developer Summit and Hackathon. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
Get the Taste Of Lollipop on Ancient HP TouchPad!
A WebOS Hewlett-Packard Touchpad was released in July 2011 and was discontinued only 49 days later. This fact didn’t stop XDA developers from working on custom ROMs for this quite old device and now you can get the unofficial CyanogenMod 12 port thanks to XDA Recognized Developer invisiblek!
HP TouchPad Gets Self-Powered USB OTG Hardware Mod
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 have some soldering equipment plus skill with very small circuit boards/traces (if you want more than a full size power port) and loads of patience (this took several hours over 4-6 separate days).
So if you’re not in this for the long haul, don’t attempt it. There are quite a few steps, a few of which were described above. To put it simply, users will be installing a USB OTG port on their TouchPads. This includes cutting out pieces of the Touchpad itself to make room, a lot of soldering fun, creating a hole in the housing to put it, and everything in between.
Aside from being difficult, the only other known issues are that it could cause higher battery drain, since the battery is also powering the USB OTG, and the screen will be slightly lifted. There are also a lot of tools you’ll need to get started, but mpgrimm2 has a list of things you can get and websites where you can buy them.
If you’d like to check out this truly impressive tutorial, check out the original thread.[Thanks to XDA Recognized Themer zanderman112 for the tip!]
Fix Xperia Play Touchpads and O Button Problems on CM9.x
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,’ and the product name as ‘R800i.” Instead, these are supposed to be ‘R800i’, ‘Sony Ericsson,’ and ‘Xperia Play,’ respectively. The fix involves editing the build.prop and replacing the incorrect information.
Note that this fix does not work on all games, and the O button fix applies to FPse only. However, working for some games is definitely better than not working for any game.
For more information, head over to the forum thread.
Jelly Bean (CM10) on HP Touchpad, Syncing Apps Across Devices, and FREE OTA Updates! – XDA Developer TV
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 about Super Download and the OTA update center.
CyanogenMod 10 Released on HP Touchpad and Wildfire S
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 build with credited help from about 10 other members. As should be expected, both ROMs do have their issues. The Wildfire S port is in its preview stage, meaning that it’s just for testing and shouldn’t be used unless you’re willing to help with testing and development. Of course, the HP Touchpad isn’t too much better, as the number of issues far exceeds the number of features working. The HP Touchpad does have the disadvantage of not having run Android from the outset, but that hasn’t stopped the HTC HD2 developers either.
Even so, it’s a beginning and both ROMs are currently under active development. So users just need to exercise a little patience, and both of these ROMs mat soon be stable enough to use. For more info, check out either the HP Touchpad thread or the Wildfire S thread.[Thanks to XDA Senior Member rezo609 and XDA Recognized Themer zanderman112 for the tips!]
Mod Pack for TouchPad Delivers Better Performance
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 scan interval to 180 (save battery when not connected to wifi)
-kernel tweaks for less debugging/more RAM
-higher events per second for the window manager (smoother scrolling)
-overall performance boost and responsiveness increase with higher cache values
-disable sending usage data (not sure if functional but it was a property listed in the documentation)
-deeper sleep during the night hours for better battery life
-disables error checking
-faster media streaming
-changed device info to that of a SGH-T989 from Samsung so most Gameloft games are compatible to download the SD files
-270 degree rotation
-uses image dithering for faster performance
-keeps launcher in memory for faster launcher performance
-better battery management in terms of percentage and associated kernel actions
Installation of the mod is pretty simple and requires flashing in ClockworkMod Recovery. The mod has been tested for CyanogenMod 7.2, but could also work for other ROMs. Be sure to make a backup before installing, just in case.
Visit the original thread for additional information, download links, a full feature list and discussion.
Closer to Perfection–Ubuntu 11.10 Running Natively on HP Touchpad
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 as well, such as XDA member CalcProgrammer1, who recently announced that he got BT properly working. Other recent feats include the usability of Wifi and a much more responsive touchscreen among several other features. Unfortunately, the road ahead is still long and there are things like sound which still require a lot of work. But it is a project worth following. If you know anything that could help in getting this off the ground, please chip in on the thread.
Follow the instructions carefully in order to get this to run on your Touchpad and remember, this is an alpha, so don’t complain if something doesn’t work right off the bat.
IF YOU DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW, BY INSTALLING THIS, YOUR WARRANTY IS PROBABLY VOID! I won’t be responsible if your TP bricks, needs doctoring, catches fire, skins adorable puppies and kittens, BBQs your “crown jewels”, eats your children, starts WW3, explodes or commits seppuku!
You can find more information in the original thread.
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Thanks Virus for the tip!
HP Releases Android Kernel For TouchPad
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 with making their lives easier when developing for that device.
You may remember our previous articles regarding the Touchpad, when it was on sale for a cheap price, then when we discussed about WebOS future and later on when the first Android ports arrived. Long before this announcement thanks to XDA Devs a lot of work has been done and you can even enjoy of a CyanogenMod on it.
Do you have a Touchpad?, if so would you install this kernel on it?, please leave your comments and thanks for reading.
Heres the source link if you are interested in testing it.
Mod App Delivers Ability to Change DPI and Fix Market Compatibility for HP Touchpad
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.
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 market.apk to make it look like you’re using 120dpi no matter what. This effectively fixes Android Market in-discrepancies that are caused when modifying the DPI.
Unfortunately, you need the pro version of the app to reap all the benefits, but there is a free version for users to check out in the Android Market if they’re not ready to take the dive and buy the full version.
For anyone toting the Touchpad who wants to give it a go, you can find the link to the app as well as the instructions on how to use it in the original thread.
Synaptics Hardware Hacked Touchpad Running CyanogenMod 7 – XDA TV
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 has been installed, allowing them to feature increased response to touch. Click on for the demo!
CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 Makes Its Way to the HP TouchPad
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 hardware video acceleration,which means that neither Netflix nor HD videos on YouTube will work.
In the words of the developer:
FORGET WHAT WORKS. WHAT *DOESN’T* WORK?
Yeah, let’s focus on the negative. Some (but not all) things that DO NOT WORK:
- Hardware Video (OMX). As a result, Netflix does not work, YouTube works only only in non-HD videos.
- Audio is a mess. The microphone does not work. Work on the current libaudio solution has halted because we will eventually switch to a CAF libaudio.
- Camera does not work. The only libcamera.so that we have is from froyo and its closed source. There is a wrapper for QCOM gingerbread libcamera libraries that could likely be used as a basis to get our camera working.
- Market filters prevent some apps from being installed (this can partly solved by switching back to standard DPI settings(120, 160, 240). The current build is using 160 which fixes the market but makes everything look ugly and low resolution.
- Titanium Backup crashes the kernel. There’s an investigation in progress…There are reports that older versions do work.
- Most of the hardware problems from CM7 still exist in this CM9 alpha build.
- Gapps intended for CM7/Gingerbread will not work in CM9/ICS. If you choose to install GAPPS then you’ll need to get an updated compilation
- USB file transfers use MTP or PTP in Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb. Traditional storage mounting is not supported in the Touchpad build.
Despite the rough edges, forum response has been overwhelmingly positive. If you’re looking to get in on the discussion or give the update a whirl on your own device, make your way over to the original thread! Those looking for a mirror of the links to the installation files can find one in this post.
HP Touchpad Can Now Run Arch Linux
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:
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 find a full changelog, installation instructions, additional details and screenshots in the original thread found here. Also, as crimsonredmk says:
Read the README and make sure you understand what works and what does not.
So be sure to read all the documentation before attempting so you know what you’re getting yourself into.
Not too shabby for a device that’s been discontinued multiple times. Sadly, they don’t sell these anymore so if this is the development you’ve been waiting on to buy one, you’re now stuck surfing eBay or Craigslist.