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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 2, 2014

LuneOS Goes Official and Brings webOS to Android Devices

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...

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Ian Stacy · Jan 3, 2013

Untethered webOS Port Arrives on the Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 is Google's flagship 7 inch tablet. It represents both the ideals behind the Android Open Source Project and the commitment to quality hardware we have come to expect from Google's Nexus line of devices. Being on the forefront of the open source realm, it comes as no surprise that the device has seen a tremendous amount of development and modification. The device has seen ports and ROM's of every type, from Ubuntu to Jelly Bean. The latest...

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Former Writer · Dec 7, 2012

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...

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Former Writer · Oct 14, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.3

The last time we brought you news about TWRP, it was to announce that TWRP 2.2.2 had been released. It had fixed a lot of bugs from the initial release of TWRP 2.2 and added a few new features. Very recently, TWRP has been updated again to version 2.3. There were a whole bunch of awesome improvements with TWRP 2.2 and a lot of unique and brand new features as well. TWRP 2.3 promises no less. The official change log...

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Former Writer · Aug 6, 2012

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...

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Will Verduzco · Jul 12, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.2

Just about three months ago, we brought you news that the Team Win Recovery Project had received a massive update to version 2.1. April's release largely heralded the start of a new age in recoveries---where one would no longer have to deal with cumbersome menus, instead interacting with a very user-friendly GUI. It wasn't simply about the GUI either. In addition to bringing an unrivaled level of UI polish, TWRP 2.1 offered users many advanced features such as update.zip queuing, a basic...

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Will Verduzco · Apr 10, 2012

Team Win Recovery Project Updated to 2.1

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: touch-based recoveries are the future. Aside from giving end users easier access to device firmware modification, they add a much needed element of polish to the Android hacking experience. While some may say that these upgrade recoveries take away from the feelings of thrill and excitement, I argue that they offer a more efficient interface and enable some truly unique new features not available in the recoveries of yesteryear. In a...

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Former Writer · Mar 7, 2012

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"...

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egzthunder1 · Feb 23, 2012

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...

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Ian Stacy · Feb 13, 2012

HP’s webOS Spotted Running on an EVO 3D; Open Sourcing Effort May Pay Off

Since HP announced the release of the webOS source code, the recently abandoned operating system has grown a rather loyal following. Progress has been made in homebrew development and in custom builds for webOS native devices. Many forum members have been clamoring for a port of webOS to Android devices for several months now. Initial ports were expected to appear for the Motorola Droid or its GSM counterpart, the Milestone, since the devices share the same OMAP3 3430 processor with the...

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orb3000 · Feb 11, 2012

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...

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Former Writer · Feb 4, 2012

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. 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...

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Will Verduzco · Jan 18, 2012

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...

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Former Writer · Dec 31, 2011

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...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 16, 2011

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...

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azrienoch · Nov 9, 2011

Moving Forward with Hewlett Packard’s GPL Violation

The last time we talked about HP, I presented more evidence that the four known Touchpad devices purchased running Android 2.2 came directly from HP’s production line.  Since then, Green, a kernel developer for the Cyanogenmod Touchpad team, was busy working with Ben Maskell of the law firm Roetzel & Andress.  Ben Maskell contacted us with a copy of the letter sent Monday, 8 November to HP’s Open Source Program Director, Philip Robb.  I produce the CliffNotes version here, but...

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egzthunder1 · Nov 1, 2011

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...

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azrienoch · Oct 13, 2011

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...

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azrienoch · Oct 13, 2011

HP’s Big Mistake

Rumors are flying about HP and their potential GPL violation by not releasing the source code of the Android kernel sold on three Touchpads so far.  Many of them are speculation, much of it over-hyped, but the fact that we speculate points to how many questions go unanswered and how much interest there is in the matter. A short history for people just tuning in on the issue:  In HP’s Touchpad firesale, three known devices shipped with Android 2.2.  Because...

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egzthunder1 · Sep 24, 2011

Congratulations HP! You Broke the Code (GPL,That Is)!

There were tons of mixed emotions when HP returned to the mobile scene with their latest installment by their newly acquired partner in crime, Palm. The HP Touchpad, which comes loaded with webOS may appeal to some people due to certain features such as the $99 price tag that it came with. However, the biggest reason to try and get one of these was the fact that devs world wide decided to join efforts and get rid of webOS and...

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