The project to port Android over to the $99 HP Touchpad is making great progress, thanks to the CyanogenMod team. Since the last video updated that we posted, the team has made significant progress on getting Android properly working on the HP Touchpad.
In their latest video update, we see that many new features have been added to the CyanogenMod port of Android on the HP Touchpad. Major updates include working Wi-Fi and accelerometer.
In the last video update, the Wi-Fi wasn’t working and the team used a USB connection to get internet connectivity. Now with the accelerometer working, you can automatically rotate screen orientation by holding the tablet in portrait or landscape mode. As a matter of fact, the accelerometer is working so well that a labyrinth game can be played on the Touchpad.
There are still some issues that need to be worked on with Android on the Touchpad. For one, the Touchpad is only using one of its dual-cores, and to make matters worse, there is a mediaserver program that is using up 50% of the core, something that should not be happening.
There are still problems with the sound, as you probably heard. In addition, there are some programs that simply don’t work at the moment. The Youtube program is one of them. While watching videos directly from the Youtube app isn’t an option at the moment, the videos do still load when accesses via the web browser.
In case you’re wondering why the CyanogenMod team isn’t porting Honeycomb to the Touchpad, it’s because the source code isn’t available yet. Another reason is because they would like to focus on building from the Gingerbread source (which CyanogenMod 7 is based on) to pave the way for when Google releases the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android that is supposed to work on both phones and tablets.
Check out the video below to watch Android running on the HP Touchpad. As always, a big thank you goes out to everyone who is working hard to make this a reality for many people. Keep up the good work, and as always, we appreciate everything.