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19 September 2011, 11:55

Android for HP TouchPad gains WiFi, sound and accelerometer support

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Zoom The developers hope to bring a fully functional Android port to the HP TouchPad tablet
Source: HP
The CyanogenMod Team has announced that it's Android port for the TouchPad tablet now has support for WiFi, the accelerometer and sound. According to the developers, this latest version of the port, which is based on the project's custom Android firmware known as CyanogenMod 7, includes access to the Android Market, but is currently only utilising a single processor core (the TouchPad has a dual-core CPU) and a number of components still don't work.

The team is still working on enabling the camera and Bluetooth functionality, as well as driver support for the built-in gyroscope and compass. Battery reporting and video playback via an overlay are also still not working at this time, although YouTube videos do work in the browser. The developers say that they will continue to focus on the port using the Android 2.3.x "Gingerbread" source until the upcoming Android release known as "Ice Cream Sandwich".

The Android port for HP's TouchPad now has support for WiFi, sound and the accelerometer

Those interested in following the status of the CyanogenMod TouchPad port can check the team's discussion page on the RootzWiki web site. Should the group receive any potential "bounty" for work based on the port, all of it will be given to a yet unannounced charity.

Another group of developers known as 'Team TouchDroid' had been working on an Android port for the TouchPad but disbanded earlier this month after it emerged that members of their team had been copying code from the CyanogenMod project without providing credit. After being disbanded, they published the details of a 'semi-working' build of Android 2.3.5 for the HP TouchPad to their forums which is considered to be at a 'pre-alpha' stage of development.


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