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:

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 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.

MIUI for the HP Touchpad

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 (don’t backup contacts)
  • Multi-Touch
  • MIUI Themes

Not Working:

  • No On-Screen Menu (working on it)
  • Other Random Bugs

Stability and functionality seems to be excellent for an alpha ROM. As such, this ROM is scheduled to shed its alpha status quite soon.

TouchPad owners wishing to get in on the action should proceed to the ROM thread.

HP TouchPad Firesale Part Deux?

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 they were going to release a whole new batch of the HP Touchpad.

HP caught themselves in a bit of trouble when they announced the original firesale for the TouchPad. They had already ordered a pretty significant volume of parts to build more of their wayward tablet, and tried to cancel those orders. Fortunately for us, that wasn’t an option, so HP was made to purchase and assemble a whole new batch of the TouchPad. Now, they need to do something about all of those shiny new tablets they have just lying around. Starting this Sunday the 11th, the HP ebay Store will have a fresh supply of touchpads for sale.  There’s been no mention of what price point these devices will start at, but I have a feeling we will see that $99 pricetag come back for the base model of the HP TouchPad. Hopefully we will see yet another influx of new users and developers looking to explore their new tablet again.

Bye Bye TouchPads

Well, if you are bashing yourself on the head for not taking advantage of HP’s fire sale of webOS Touchpads and was waiting for a second one, you’re maybe out of luck. According to a tip that we got from XDA member joshman99, the tablet from HP is no longer in production. In fact, HP sent out an e-mail to customers and retailers where it claims that it no longer has stock of this device and that whatever is left in the stores will be the last ones to be sold. Now, there are really no implications for HP on this as they were trying to penetrate the market with a tab carrying an OS, which ranks anywhere between fourth and fifth in terms of overall usage by the consumer base. This actually has got me thinking a bit as for the real reason behind stopping production and other underlying issues behind the Touchpad.

The first thing that came to mind when I read this was that HP was just trying to recover their loses on a product that was badly overpriced from the start. After the success of the “fire sale,” as it was deemed by blogs across the web, it was rumored that HP would launch a second fire sale, which they did but is exclusive to Best Buy in the US and has the limitation that a computer must be purchased as well to get the special discount on the pad. So, based on this move it was definitely not their original intent.

After giving it some thought, I remembered that about a month ago, we found out that HP was breaking GPL by distributing some of these tabs loaded with Android and not sharing the kernel. It was later found out that the pads are tested with Android and apparently, webOS was not installed by QC pre-shipment. It is possible that the pad got into a bad reputation trend and possible legal trouble because of this, and as such, HP decided to pull the plug on this idea altogether.

My final idea (and the one to be most likely, at least in my mind) is that HP analyzed the response on the fire sale and the underlying reasons for the success of the event. While the “oomph for the buck” factor was definitely a major push ($99 for a 16GB tab and $149 for a 32 GB one), I do believe that they had to realize that the bulk of their sales spiked when the possibility of Android running on this became public knowledge. So, thinking back on the project, they had to realize that including Android on the tab would make much more sense (commercially) than shipping with something that most people don’t use/will replace the moment they get it. You also have to remember that, due to flashing, the possibility of warranty exchanges was going to be high and that would definitely eat into the margins after short. Long story short, it is my own opinion that an Android version of this tab will hit the market soon and that is why they are retiring the webOS one.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that the HP Tab is completely dead or that it will rise from its ashes in the form of an Android enabled device? Please share your thoughts.

Dear Valued Customer,

Making sure customers have a positive experience when they purchase our products is a priority for us. In some cases, limited inventory makes it challenging to fulfill all customer orders. As you signed up for updates on the HP TouchPad, we wanted you to know that we are officially out of stock. Some retailers will have some stock available, but our online inventory is depleted.

Thank you for your interest in this product and the feedback you provided. Your input plays a critical role in defining our product roadmap and will help us continue to bring innovative products to market.

Sincerely,
HP

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Thanks  joshman99 for the tip!

First CM7 Touchpad Alpha Released, and More on HP’s GPL Violation

Today is turning out to be a rollercoaster of news for the HP Touchpad.  Shortly after last night’s article on how HP installed Android on every Touchpad in order to load the component manufacturers’ drivers for testing hardware, the Cyanogenmod Touchpad team announced the first public release of their CM7 alpha.  It was over a month ago that the CM Touchpad team posted footage of Android’s first boot on the Touchpad.  The result came at a price of hundreds of hours of volunteered time and tireless effort on the part of the CM developers, and we have nothing but gratitude for everything they did.

As the very first public build, the laundry list of bugs and non-working features is so long, it actually does include your socks.  If you choose to try it out, be extremely careful to read and fully understand every last word of their disclaimer, Q&A, and instructions in the mirrored thread from RootzWiki.

Next in the lineup of today’s Touchpad news, a fourth Touchpad bearing Android 2.2 turned up today.  There were previously only three known devices.  One was bought at a Best Buy in Texas, one was bought at a Best Buy in Oklahoma, and the third was bought at a Wal-Mart in New Hampshire.  Not much is known about this fourth device.  What we know is that it was purchased in Germany, and not just a Touchpad running the CM7 alpha, dressed to look like the others.  First, we see the Qualcomm boot animation in the video, just like on the three other Touchpads.  It’s speculated that Qualcomm designed this version of Android, as the manufacturer of the processor on the Touchpad.  The second reason we know this isn’t a fake is it’s running Froyo, whereas CM7–yes, even in it’s early alpha state–is Gingerbread.

Author’s note:  And ain’t that just my luck?  In the middle of writing about it, the video was privated.  Check back here for updates, I’ll post a mirror if I can find it.

Update 14 Oct. 2011:  The video is back up, but unlisted so that only those with a link can view it.  As a precaution, the video is mirrored here.  Also, the owner had this to say:

I bought the touchpad on 22nd of august at a store called Saturn in Munich. It is a major reseller in germany, like best buy. There is a so called “HP PN” number on the receipt and it matches with the one on the touchpad. Then on the package there is a sticker with the “HP PN” and the serial number. Both match with the ones on the touchpad. The receipt has got a signature of the clerk on it.

Last thing to round up all the Touchpad news so far today, trsohmers followed up last night’s article by posting the leaked Cypress Semiconductors drivers for the first time to the public, here on XDA-Developers.  A note from trsohmers:

These drivers CAN NOT BE INSTALLED! These drivers were also NOT used by the Cyanogen Team for porting purposes as by using these drivers, you would not be able to use webOS. I am only posting these drivers as evidence, and for research/educational purposes, and it is in the DEVELOPMENT category as such.

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Multitouch Enabled for HP Touchpad Sporting 2.3.5

You may remember a little less than a month ago that the HP Touchpad went on a massive sale world wide. It is loaded with WebOS but at a very attractive $99 to $150 a piece, or I should say it was loaded with WebOS. Yesterday, we got a tip from XDA Senior moderator pulser_g2 that not only did TouchDroid team get multitouch working on the pad, which was based on the original incomplete work on a single-touch driver which was developed by jonpry and green– at Cyanogenmod, but also that it was running the latest iteration of Gingerbread… 2.3.5. The port is still being worked on and there is no release out there yet or ETA, but they did post a video of the device running a rather smooth port of the OS. In this video, the team also showed the device being capable of recognizing multiple touch points.. up to 10. Android devices seem to share several hardware components with this pad, so finishing the port should simply be a matter of time once everything is put in place and all the trees that contain useful bits are lumped together.

Again, keep in mind that the port is in initial stages and it has not even been officially released by the team. However, for you lucky owners of this device, you will likely be getting an early Christmas gift.

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HP TouchPad Gets In Gear… Both Cores Overclocked to 1.9 GHz

Amazingly enough, the HP Touchpad seems to be among the best selling pads in the mobile world. If you think about it, getting a dual core pad with 16 GB of storage for about US$100 (about 4 times cheaper than the iPad), would definitely be enough incentive to get it even if you don’t need or want it. Because of this move by HP, developers all over the world have their hands on at least one (or are about to), and are all working towards making this device reach its true potential. XDA member amirborna seems to be in this same boat as he has posted a way to overclock the tab’s processors (both of them) to 1.9 GHz. The only caveat is that at such speeds, the device becomes a bit unstable. However, it can still be safely overclocked to 1.7 GHz (on both cores as well) and have 0 issues in the process. According to the dev, the device becomes far more responsive than with stock clock values, more fluid, and best of all, it does not affect the battery due to the small difference in voltage requirements at the higher frequency values.

The guide is very concise and it is rather simple to follow. However, as with every overclocking process, there is always risk involved. Please ensure that you read the whole guide and leave some feedback for the dev.

Overclocking your HP Touchpad

  • Relatively safe to do
  • No noticeable effect on battery (stock usually pulls 550mah and 1.5ghz is pulling like 565mah.
  • Touchpad becomes incredibly fast, fluid, responsive, and is a joy to use
  • No heat created
  • Overclocks both cores
  • Feels like you have next generation hardware after the overclock
  • Smooth like butter

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Hello TouchPad, Goodbye Steve Jobs [Weekly Recap – 26 August 2011]

This week’s Weekly Recap on XDA TV takes a look at the TouchPad frenzy since HP announced it was shutting down WebOS development. In Android development, rebellos’ unbricking method using your very own bootloader on Hummingbird devices, and punkgeek’s kernel to enable USB tethering on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, make appearances. For Windows News, Azrienoch talks about the interviews developers contributed to tell the history of the HTC HD2. SassiBoB reviews Bully Block by SedGrid, and finally azrienoch tells us why he’s fed up with all the articles lamenting Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple. Click on for the episode! (more…)

Android on HP TouchPad Bounty: Now Over $2,000

XDA has teamed up with HackNMod to pool together resources in an effort to make the bounty for porting Android to the HP TouchPad as large as possible. As a reminder, you can still find TouchPads for sale for a little as $99 (though they’re sold out for a couple of weeks, we’re told). With a dual-core CPU and great hardware, the TouchPad would make a great Android tablet. Click on to HackNMod to see the breakdown of the bounty, and proceed onto our new HP TouchPad forum here on XDA.

Android on the HP TouchPad: Let’s Do It!

You might have heard that HP is no longer supporting webOS devices. Now that the TouchPad is on sale for $100 or less around the internet, there is great interest in porting Android to the tablet. At XDA, we push the limits of our mobile devices, and getting Android ported to the TouchPad would be a great milestone. What’s more, an anonymous XDA user has offered $500 to any team/person that is successful with the port. Let the development begin! Click on to enter the HP TouchPad forum!

Get More Out Of Your Touchpad With Perfect Keyboard For Android

Fed up with your stock Android keypad? Why not try out XDA forum member for.digit‘s Perfect Keyboard for Android.

Perfect Keyboard lets you take command of your Android device’s touchpad keypad, enabling customisation with seven different themes and adding additional functionality to your device.

The app features custom dictionaries, background and text colours as well as the feature of adjusting the keyboard’s vibration density and also speech to text.

Perfect Keyboard is compatible with Android 2.2 and upwards.

The app is available in the Market and XDA members will get a full refund by sending the dev a PM with the transaction number.

For more information, head on over to the application thread.

128Gb Zenfone 2 Coming! LG G4 Unveiled – XDA TV

The LG G4 has been unveiled. 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 ASUS ZenFone 2 with 128GB of storage and be sure to check out the article talking about the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. 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 an Xposed Tuesday video covering email modifications. Then TK showed us how to root and unlock the Moto E 2015. Finally, TK gave us an app review for Launcher 10. Pull up a chair and check out this video.

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Next@Acer Press Conference – Unveiled Products Roundup

Acer might not be the biggest manufacturer when it comes to Android, but nevertheless they offer some good products for reasonable prices. At today’s New York event, their inaugural next@acer global press conference showed us what’s next in their Android and Chromebook repertoire, as well as some Microsoft products. Their new line-ups are focused on specific areas of life: productivity, education, entertainment, gaming and connecting. Now that the next products are landing and the press release kits are out, we have a clear look.

iconiaone8

The Iconia One 8 features advanced touch capabilities as a selling point. It hosts “Acer Precision Plus” technology for an accurate touch and writing experience, as well as sketching on the fly. You can use the optional “Acer Accurate” stylus, or a simple fine tip 2mm pencil – a cheap and vastly available solution.  The processor inside is a quad-core Intel Atom clocked at up to 1.83GHz with Intel HD Graphics, and you can get up to 32GB of on-board storage. The tablet also features simple gestures and quick access icons. Android 5.0 is on board with an “enhanced user interface”. The Iconia 8 will be available in North America in July with prices starting at  just $149.

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The Iconia Tab 10 Education aims to make learning in class more engaging, and Acer is working with Google to join the Google Education ecosystem with the purpose of bringing richer resources to classrooms all over the globe. It has a Gorilla Glass 4 panel and a reinforced mechanical design to “withstand classroom use” (kids are wild nowadays, I guess). There’s a FHD 10.1 inch Display on board, as well as the previously mentioned “Acer Precision Plus” technology. Inside you can find an Intel Atom processor (quad-core clocked at 1.83GHz) that promises excellent performance and long battery life, as well as 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. The tablet will be available in North America in May with prices starting at $299.

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The new Chromebook offerings are budget-friendly and also promise long battery life – Acer claims that the CNB-531 model can reach 11.5 hours of light use. This model features an Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core processor with Intel HD Graphics (so don’t expect excellent gaming performance), up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC storage (before you judge, let’s not forget this is a Chromebook). The entry-level Acer Chromebook will be available in North America starting in July with prices beginning at $199.99. For those wanting a little more speed and power, the CB5-572 and C910 models offer better processors with a Broadwell Intel Core i3 5005U or Intel Core i5 5200U, and memory up to 4GB as well as SSD storage of up to 32GB. These Acer Chromebooks also feature large and responsive touchpads, as well as two full-sized upwards facing speakers for your hearing pleasure.

Rounded up

So there you have it, the new tablets offer decent specifications for rather cheap prices, and the Chromebooks are very much what we come to expect as well. They are not designed to be game-changers, but rather solid competitors in different market sectors. There’s also an Acer “Predator” Tablet coming up later this year that is said to be focused on gaming, as well as a Liquid X2 phone with a powerful SoC and a 4,000 mAh battery – so if you want amazing performance you should look in that direction. Considering that Acer owns over a third of the Chromebook market, many might want to pick up these new computers out of brand alone. The new tablets might not be as feature or spec packed as the rest of the competition, but Acer is clearly aiming for a particular niche with their educational approach. Precise stylus technology is also welcome on tablets, and with no need for an actual stylus many might find the 8-inch tablet a solid classroom companion.

 

Do you think these new products meet their mark? Let us know below!