Android 4.1 Makes Its Way to TouchPad via Cyanogenmod

Now that the TouchPad has been left for dead yet again, with no open WebOS support, Cyanogenmod is becoming more and more tantalizing. Bargain shoppers who were able to snag the TouchPad during its fire sale were quickly given the ability to switch over to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) thanks to the active and charitable modding community.

Last month, Google released the source for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), meaning the community has been hard at work porting the operating system to a variety of different tablets. Now, anybody that held out on purchasing a Nexus 7 because they already had a TouchPad will be pleased to learn they too can have a Jelly Bean flavored tablet.

Thanks to XDA Developers user "Jcsullins", any HP TouchPad owner will be able to install an unofficial CyanogenMod 10 preview build based on Google's Android 4.1. Of course, it is a preview so there are a large number of problems with the build, but you can be assured that these will all be corrected in the following weeks. If you're feeling adventurous, head on over the the RootzWiki page for detailed instructions on how to install the build.

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Tuan Mai is a Los Angeles based writer and marketing manager working within the PC Hardware industry. He has written for Tom's Guide since 2010, with a special interest in the weird and quirky.
  • darkchazz
    good for touchpad owners.

    My favorite feature from jelly bean is definitely project butter.
    After trying JB on a friend's galaxy nexus, I can say that the touch sensitivity and UI performance is like night and day compared to ICS.
    Kudos to the android team.
  • csbeer
    Major props to XDA devs and others who have helped made my TP the best thing I've bought in a decade (cost wise that is).
  • Lol they think we care about WebOS than the AWESOME DEVS for the Touchpad get one of the first devices loaded with jelly bean (only preview though :( buggy).
  • belardo
    LOL.... and considering the costs and time involved to make 4.1 work on an orphaned device, can someone explain why its taking RIM 3 years to upgrade their phones to a modern OS? They really should have gone Android.

    RIM won't be around long enough to play the Duke-Nuke'em "Its ready when its ready" game... I bet if BB10 comes out next April - it would mean that Android would have gone thru 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 since it was due last Jan/Feb.

    Android is getting quite slick... iOS 6 is a touch-up of iOS5... it will be good, but no big deal. Windows8 is going anti-slick.

    Wonder if the CEO of RIM is still telling himself "buying QNX was a good idea, buying QNX was a good idea". (Nothing wrong with QNX itself)
  • eddieroolz
    These developers are nothing short of amazing.