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How to install Android / CyanogenMod on HP TouchPad

Following several other popular articles from CyanogenMod 7 series, today we’ll go in detail and provide a step by step tutorial to install the popular Android CyanogenMod 7.1 on the super cheap HP TouchPad tablet that many of us scored some time ago. Before we actually proceed with the tutorial, I need to say that none of the information described here is new, but picked up from various forums. For the software, my thanks and the full recognition goes to the amazing CyanogenMod team that spent their time and effort to provide us with excellent software for free. I did go through the steps myself while installing the CyanogenMod onto my two TouchPads, and went also through my share of hurdles and mistakes. The result? A very functional Android CyanogenMod 7 TouchPad with applications like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Facebook, Android Market, Amazon App Market, games, news, YouTube, eBook reader, etc. I almost forgot, overclocked perfectly stable to 1.8Ghz as well, which gave me a quadrant score of 2753. And that is only the beginning considering that the hardware acceleration is incomplete and the version is still a very young Alpha one.

That being said, the standard disclaimer here: This process changes your devices at a very low level. Proceed only if you know what you are doing. While a complete brick is highly unlikely, it is certainly possible. You have been warned! This version of CyanogenMod 7 is Alpha, so expect crashes and other issues.

And now, let’s proceed with the tutorial! Eventually, the end result should be something like this: Read More…

Android Netflix update 1.4 brings compatibility with all 2.2 and 2.3 devices

Well, isn’t this a good news? The new Netflix version 1.4 was just released in the Marketplace and with it, Netflix announces compatibility with all Android devices running Android 2.2 and 2.3. And that probably means your cheap HP Touchpad that soon will get its own CyanogenMod 7 as well. This is a really good news, especially with all the tricks I needed to perform to get it on my CyanogenMod 7 Nook Color. With the Netflix device limit increased at 50 devices per account, there is no excuse to get the popular service everywhere you can.

via Android Market

Review – How To root the HP TouchPad, enable developer mode, take screenshots overclock and side load apps

Like many other people I was fortunate enough to score a $99 HP TouchPad and while it is no iPad 2, it certainly worth the investment. I got to play with it for about a week, tweaked it to my needs and the experience accumulated is described in this comprehensive guide that will enable everybody to get the most out of this toy, at least until a stable Android port is available.

Before proceeding with the following steps, do not forget to update the TouchPad OS to its latest version, currently 3.0.2. It will bring a large number of improvements including a much more responsive app store.

Step 1: Root / enable developer mode on HP TouchPad

While actually rooting the device is not the same as enabling side loading apps, the latter is what most users really want.

1. To enable developer mode, navigate to the Home / Just type box and input webos20090606 or upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart. A windows will pop-up where you can turn the developer mode to On. The default password for developer mode is empty but you can set a new one if you want to limit access to the developer mode.

Once the developer mode is enabled, you can side load apps using Preware, webOSQuickInstall or InternalzPro. Read More…

HP’s TouchPad Kindle Review

True to their word to bring Kindle platform to everything including your toaster, Amazon launched Kindle app for HP’s newest tablet toy, TouchPad. The application is free and matches 100% the functionality found on other platforms like Android and iPhone / iPad. That means Amazon bookstore, synchronization across platforms, etc. The basics are there as well, including portrait / landscape support, text size and font selection, search, etc.

If you want to get yours, it is free via HP App Catalog. I got mine, let’s see how it performs.

TouchPad Kindle App Review

I will start by declaring that I love reading, and my daily commute by train gives me ample opportunities to follow my passion. That being said, I tried a number of reading devices, mostly to write reviews. I started with Nook (not the Nook Color), bought Kindle 2 and 3, Nook Color which I root Read More…