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13 October 2011, 16:57

First alpha of Android port for HP TouchPad released

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CyanogenMod logo The CyanogenMod Team has announced the release of a first alpha of its Android port for the TouchPad tablet which ships with the WebOS mobile operating system by default. Aimed at developers, testers and early adopters, the alpha 1 release is not intended for the general public and is considered to be an "extremely rough build", with the team noting that users should "expect more crashes than you can count".

CyanogenMod for TouchPad Alpha 1, which the developers refer to as the "Lower Your Expectations" Edition, is based on the 7.1 release of CyanogenMod from earlier this week. The new version of the Android port adds support for Bluetooth and, in response to popular demand, support for the US video streaming Netflix has also been added. The team asks users to report any bugs that they encounter.

The first alpha of the CyanogenMod Android port for the TouchPad includes Bluetooth and Netflix support

More details about the first alpha, including download links and a list of what works and what doesn't, can be found on the CyanogenMod for TouchPad RootzWiki page. The source code for the port is available on GitHub; currently only the kernel is open, the remaining source code "will be opened as soon as some code can be merged into mainline CM7". The developers say that this is "expected to happen very soon".

The H reminds users that, as with all custom firmware, inexperienced users are not advised to flash their devices as they could unintentionally "brick" them, resulting in a complete loss of functionality.

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