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Bye Bye TouchPads

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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 f. . . READ ON »

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

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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 actu. . . READ ON »

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Multitouch Enabled for HP Touchpad Sporting 2.3.5

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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 vi. . . READ ON »

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

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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 sa. . . READ ON »

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

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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! . . . READ ON »

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

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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.. . . READ ON »

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

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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!. . . READ ON »

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Get More Out Of Your Touchpad With Perfect Keyboard For Android

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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.

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Google Adds Android Apps Support to Chrome OS

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Some time ago, Google decided to give up on Android and focus on Chrome OS as the main operating system for more traditional computing form factors. Since that time, we’ve seen Chrome OS ship on Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and the like. It seems that the engineers at Google changed their minds and decided to Androidify their second operating system by allowing it to run Android apps.

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as Google first mentioned this possibility back at Google I/O in late June. Now, Google has made good on that concept by launching an app called App Runtime for Chrome, which currently is at the beta stage. Google didn’t decide to pack the ful. . . READ ON »

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LuneOS Goes Official and Brings webOS to Android Devices

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webOS has had rather turbulent history. Initially developed by Palm, the Linux kernel-based operating system has never found had an easy time making its way to mobile devices. However, and what may come as a surprise to many reading this, development work on the platform is still well underway. There are even working ports for some of popular devices like the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and the long since forgotten HP Touchpad.

The project for mobile devices was renamed LuneOS. And like its predecessor, LuneOS remained open-source. As of now, not many things are working like they should, but the team standing behind the OS put lots of efforts to eliminate the current fl. . . READ ON »

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Google Could be Planning to Launch “Nexus TV” Early 2014

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So far, Google’s attempts to conquer the living room have been a bit of a mixed bag. Despite some rather ambitious goals set by former CEO Eric Schmidt and showing quite a lot of potential, Google TV has largely failed to take off. Similarly, the beautifully crafted Nexus Q never even made it to consumers’ hands outside of those who attended I/O 2012 and the lucky few who preordered and then received their devices for free. On the other hand, the highly regarded Google Chromecast has more than demonstrated that there is still space for another content distributor in the livingroom. In fact, Time Magazine recently named it the #1 gadget of 2013.

Now, rumors state that Google may be planning to release a . . . READ ON »

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Device Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 2

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There I was, lined up in the queue of the local electronics store, waiting to collect my Microsoft Surface Pro 2 from the seemingly tired and overworked store attendant behind the counter. I glanced over at the section of the store where all the Surfaces were lined up for display, thinking to myself about whether I’ve made the right decision or not. It definitely wasn’t easy, that’s for sure.

For quite some time now, I’ve found myself in a pickle, not knowing whether to get a fully-fledged ultrabook for university, or continue using a somewhat lackluster Android tablet to do all the heavy lifting while out and about. So when Microsoft reminded us on the 23rd of September that there was so. . . READ ON »

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Online Nandroid Backup 8.22 Brings Host of Improvements

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A little under a year ago, we talked about Online Nandroid Backup version 6. At the time, the tool did as its name implies and allowed users to make online backups. No, these aren’t “online” in the sense of cloud data storage. Rather, they’re “online” in that the backup is performed while your device is online, rather than in recovery.

Naturally, Online Nandroid Backup is quite useful since you don’t have to disable your phone in order to keep your backups up to date. And if you’ve ever performed a Nandroid backup on a device with a lot of data, you know exactly how long it can take. So what exactly does Online Nandroid Backup backup? Glad you asked.

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