How To Install More Operating Systems On Your HP TouchPad

Several months ago I turned my verynice tablet, theHP TouchPad, from a pleasant-to-use device into a handheld computing god thanks to the Android CM9 port of Ice Cream Sandwich. Since then, the device has gone from strength to strength, enabling me to enjoy movies and TV with Netflix, listen to theradio and of course play games and even do somework while I spent a week in the south west of England.
Recently, however, it has come to my attention that there is yet more that can be achieved withthis most flexible of tablets. Whether you’re persisting with the super-slick webOS and its limited selection of apps or if you’ve upgraded your pretty amazing tablet to Android 4.0, thereare several alternatives that you might be interested in.

Upgrade To Android First!
Whatever you decide to do after reading this guide, you simply must start off by following my previous article on installing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the HP TouchPad. This represents the optimum level of performance that you can expect to squeeze out of this device, and the process is a great grounding in installing a new operating system to your tablet.
Basically, if you don’t follow the previous guide what comes next will seem a little tricky. You’ll also regret it, as Ice Cream Sandwich on the HP TouchPad is as perfect as….well, an ice cream sandwich!
Alternative Operating Systems For The HP TouchPad
You might think that having two operating systems running on the HP TouchPad is good enough – but would you believe that a third is available?
Remarkably, the popular Linux OS Ubuntu can be installed on the HP TouchPad. With this installed, users will be able to enjoy using applications such as AbiWord, Chromium Browser, GIMP, even the LibreOffice suite!
Indeed, any Linux application that can be compiledfor ARM processors can be installed, bringing thefeel of a very portable desktop computer to your HP TouchPad!
Other versions of Linux have been ported to the HP TouchPad, such as Arch Linux, but note that both Linux versions have a few hardware issues that make things like graphical hardware acceleration impossible. Ideal for office-based tasks, these Linux operating systems don’t have the same power on the HP TouchPad as Android 4.0.
More Android ROMs For The HP TouchPad
Don’t let that upset you, however. While Ubuntu is great on the HP TouchPad, there are plenty of alternative versions of Android that you might try.
The beauty of the XDA-Developers.comforum is that the guys there spend hours of their lives configuring and reconfiguring Android to work as efficiently and impressively as ever, often incorporating tweaks to the user interface as they go. One particularly astonishing piece of work is AOKP&CM9Remix with WebOS Style . This remarkable piece of work combines Android Ice Cream Sandwich for the HP TouchPad with a webOS-style card-based user interface.
Installation of this ROM is as simple as upgrading your HP TouchPad’s current version of Android, and shouldn’t take more than five minutes or so – the results are amazing! However, we shouldn’tignore CM10. This is a HP TouchPad build that will bring the delights of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to your tablet. At present it isn’t up to daily use, butthe team behind it are working hard and the early signs have been impressive.
HP TouchPad Just Keeps On Giving!
All in all there are many alternative versions of Android that you can use on the HP TouchPad, from the basic Ice Cream Sandwich to the various builds that add additional features and performance boosts. You will be able to find them all via the XDA-Developer’s website.
Given the HP TouchPad’s initial poor sales, it is remarkable that over a year later it is still widely in use as an Android tablet rather than running webOS. Sadly, the native operating system looksunlikely to ever be favoured by the device. The recent act of making webOS “open” has resultedin HP announcing that a new version will not be made available for the HP TouchPad; the hardware producer continues to consider the tablet a failed product, despite its popularity.
So it’s just as well that enthusiasts are keeping it alive with all of these operating systems and ROM alternatives!

Posted from WordPress for BlackBerry. by Ogunbekun Imoleayo

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Posted on October 13, 2012, in All posts by Imoleayo, Device Reviews, Geeks, IT Specialisations and thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Hi,

    Nice read, thanks. I have a couple of questions for you though, as i think you might stand a substantial source of knowledge on the topic. I have been waiting for a stable, or lets say near stable build of android on the TP for a long time, but it seems like there still isnt one out as of yet. As for what i have looked up so far, even with the latest android OS on the TP, you cant get video acceleration therefore no youtube and other flash based video playing as well as no camera for applications. I would love to be wrong though, i can live with the partially working camera but being able to play videos on the TP is a must, so the question is rather mundane.. are we there yet?

    Thank you again.

    P.S. I will be refreshing this page and checking for your reply every 10 business and non-business minutes till i get one 🙂

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