The Cyanogen Mod, which liberated most of the smartphone world from it’s woes, had made a debut entry on the TouchPad. You read it correct ladies and gentlemen, CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.

If you thought CyanogenMod 7 was great, this alpha is *two* CyanogenMods better. That’s right, introducing CyanogenMod 9 for Touchpad, Alpha 0! That’s a “zero” as in “zero hardware-accelerated video”, “zero camera”, and “zero support!”

There’s one other zero we’d like to mention. Zero reasons to not give you the source code. So, for the first time, we’re making ALL the source for the HP Touchpad for CyanogenMod 9 available for you to build CyanogenMod 9 yourself from scratch.

So that should be read as a yayyyyyy. But there is something (somethings to be more precise) that still do not work:

FORGET WHAT WORKS. WHAT *DOESN’T* WORK?
Yeah, let’s focus on the negative. Some (but not all) things that DO NOT WORK:

  • Hardware Video (OMX). As a result, Netflix does not work, YouTube works only only in non-HD videos.
  • Audio is a mess. The microphone does not work. Work on the current libaudio solution has halted because we will eventually switch to a CAF libaudio.
  • Camera does not work. The only libcamera.so that we have is from froyo and its closed source. There is a wrapper for QCOM gingerbread libcamera libraries that could likely be used as a basis to get our camera working.
  • Market filters prevent some apps from being installed (this can partly solved by switching back to standard DPI settings(120, 160, 240). The current build is using 160 which fixes the market but makes everything look ugly and low resolution.
  • Titanium Backup crashes the kernel. There’s an investigation in progress…There are reports that older versions do work.
  • Most of the hardware problems from CM7 still exist in this CM9 alpha build.
  • Gapps intended for CM7/Gingerbread will not work in CM9/ICS. If you choose to install GAPPS then you’ll need to get an updated compilation
  • USB file transfers use MTP or PTP in Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb. Traditional storage mounting is not supported in the Touchpad build.

You can give it a try by visiting http://rootzwiki.com/topic/15509-releasealpha0-cyanogenmod-9-touchpad/

Happy modding…!!!

Agreed that the webOS (and Palm) was ahead of it’s time. In fact it was so ahead that the technology needed to perfect it just wasn’t there. Majority of the blogosphere has unanimously agreed that webOS never had a fighting chance and Apotheker killed it like a fly (we know its sad).

But Mobile Health News has something different to report

Andrew B. Holbrook, a research associate at Stanford’s Department of Radiology, developed an application for the TouchPad to control the MRI’s operations by interfacing with a PC server located outside the MRI room. Computers currently used to control MRI machines are cumbersome, requiring special construction to reduce their amount of metallic components which pose a safety risk.

The TouchPad has multiple features useful for healthcare applications: its mostly plastic construction is ideal for being used near the MRI’s magnetized chamber (any metal components found within the tablet, such as a vibration motor and speakers, can be removed while keeping the device functional), and webOS’s multitasking support allows users to quickly switch between multiple applications.

So who knows if maybe Meg Whitman gives it a shot and the Touchpad as well as the webOS are resurrected. What if she undoes what Apotheker has done? Only time will tell.

PS: Apart from Symbian, I have not seen an OS that is as fierce when it comes to multitasking. webOS was almost there but it was euthanized by an overly eager fool.

If the blogosphere is to be believed, HP is indeed sending out feedback mails to the Touchpad customers asking them about their user experience with the Touchpad.

While it is fairly odd to collect feedback data for a canceled product, what is more odd is the fact that HP is going  into the nitty gritty by asking the customers questions ranging from

ease of setup, overall performance, and the webOS user interface to the ability to personalize the device, the quality of manufacturing, and the durability of the TouchPad.

This might hint at the resurrection of the almost dead webOS. We do remember Meg Whitman needs more time to arrive at a meaningful decision concerning webOS’ fate. Maybe this survey is a tool to gauge the customers’ interest and make sure that they “do it right” this time. who knows…except for HP??

Stay tuned for more..!!!

HP has finally hit the kill switch. Touchpads are no more in production. After the grand fire sale, most of HP’s Touchpads were bought by junta at inhumanly low prices.

The remainder lot is currently in possession of BestBuy and it is selling it to people who buy HP PCs only.

According to an email sent out by HP

Dear Valued Customer,

Making sure customers have a positive experience when they purchase our products is a priority for us. In some cases, limited inventory makes it challenging to fulfill all customer orders. As you signed up for updates on the HP TouchPad, we wanted you to know that we are officially out of stock. Some retailers will have some stock available, but our online inventory is depleted.

Thank you for your interest in this product and the feedback you provided. Your input plays a critical role in defining our product roadmap and will help us continue to bring innovative products to market.

Sincerely,

HP

This email is an indirect proof that HP has stopped producing the TouchPads. But XDA developers have another point of view. According to them, there would be an Android version of the Touchpads, that is, if what they think is correct. Head over to XDA and read yourself.

Retails giant Best Buy is supposedly offering Touchpad for $150 with purchase of select HP or Compaq Desktop, Laptop, or all-in-one PCs at Best Buy.

This offer begins today and will be applicable on BestBuy.com and all other brick and mortar stores. Though there is no mention on how long the offer will stay, we suspect that the offer would not last long as the Touchpads that are being offered are from the last batch in the production.

Anyways, $150 is way better than $50. Winking smile

The already dead webOS is officially on life support. According to the Palm Blog

A new over-the-air update for HP Touchpad is now available. (For details about how over-the-air updates work, click here.)

Some of the new functionality you’ll find in the new update include:

  • A new Camera app for photos and video
  • The ability to pair non-webOS phones to your Touchpad, so you can answer calls on your Touchpad. Pairing with non-webOS Bluetooth keyboards has also been streamlined.
  • Support for OGG Vorbis music files
  • Online/offline messaging status support.

In addition to new features, you’ll also experience better performance, user interface improvements, and other enhancements such as support for accelerometer events in Adobe Flash Player, and more robust Skype video calling.

The complete changelog can be found here. This update is a sigh of relief to all those buyers who spent their hard earned money (including the lucky ones who got their Touchpads for $100) and bought a device that was killed days later.

After a few Touchpad owners were surprised to find Android loaded on their supposed-to-be-webOS-loaded Touchpads, the developers got in touch with HP to get the source code of the Android version shipped.

According to CMtouchpad

HP distributed modified Linux kernel as part of the Android that shipped on at least three units (location is known, users requested the source from HP – confirmed).
This is a clear GPL violation on HP part, so hopefully we can pursue on this.

 

There is a detailed discussion on this issue which is a serious blot on HP’s so called stringent quality control. HP has launched an investigation to get to the root of this blunder.

HP Palm doesn’t support Android and has not authorized anyone to provide consumers with the Android OS for Touchpad, either separately or loaded on the device. Additionally, anyone who loads Android on their Touchpad voids their warranty.

When the matter was pursued by GPL advocates, the following email was sent by Oleg Drokin to HP

 

That is not my question.
It seems HP have distributed copies of Linux Kernel software on some units shipped with Android operating system.
I hold a partial copyright to that software and my code is included in the resultant binary.
This Linux kernel version included (and I got a copy of the binary to verify) is significantly different from the kernel sources distributed by HP.

I am in contact with several persons that have received this Android OS from HP on their new Touchpad tablets and requested the source.
As such we are asking HP to provide the source of the aforementioned Linux kernel software to fulfill
HP’s legal obligations under GPL license.

Thanks.

 

In response to the ongoing hubbub, HP’s Director of Open Source Program Office, Phil Robb replied,

 

It’s nice to meet you.  I too am an open source advocate.
 
Let me begin by saying that HP is a proud and committed member of the open source community, and the Linux development community in particular.  We take our participation and obligation to this community, and the licenses associated with its software very seriously.
 
As for the Touchpad units that have been allegedly purchased with a version of Android on them, we have begun an internal investigation on this within HP.  We have confirmed that HP never authorized the distribution of any version of Android on the HP Touchpad.  In addition, from a review of our manufacturing process, we believe that all Touchpad units have been shipped out of manufacturing with the webOS operating system only, and that no Touchpad units were shipped with Android, even by mistake.  Hence, we presently believe that some person or persons unknown may have facilitated the delivery of these Android-based units strictly against the policy and authorization of HP.
 
Regarding your specific request for source code below, I must decline at the present time.  HP has never authorized the distribution of any binaries for Android in association with the HP Touchpad.  Therefore, HP is not under any license obligation to provide any corresponding Android source code to you.  Hopefully, this doesn’t come across too harsh.  As always, any member of the public can access all open source software source code distributions and other open source software licensing information for the HP webOS software products at any time at http://opensource.palm.com/.
 
For those of you in the development community actively working to port Android to the Touchpad, we applaud your efforts.  HP has a strong commitment to your freedoms as a developer and technology enthusiast.  It is your device and you can do with it what you want.  If you want to put Android on your Touchpad, or Meego, or one of the altered webOS kernels from webOSInternals.org, you are welcome to do so (at your own risk of course).  While HP supports your freedom to do this, we are not part of the community behind such efforts.  HP believes that the version of webOS that we deliver on the Touchpad is a superior user experience for our customers, and the best development platform for today’s and tomorrow’s mobile applications and services.  WebOS is where HP spends its development and support efforts.
 
Thank you very much for bringing this matter to our attention.  As you know, it is a significant detriment to HP and HP’s participation in and relationship with the open source community to have non-authorized Android software delivered on HP Touchpad devices.  If you can provide any information that will help us track down who is providing these unauthorized Touchpads and where they might be coming from, I would greatly appreciate it.
 
Best regards,
 
Phil.

 

Now logically, if the issue was found in any Touchpads before they left the distributors/retailers, the implications could be very serious because it is HP’s duty to check on everything including the licensing.

This would be very hard to prove that HP has shipped the devices with Android pre-installed. I am no legal expert but this seems the a case of foul play for sure.

Stay tuned for more

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It is both shameful and somewhat hilarious that the tablet that was killed by its parents sometimes back clears the FCC certification.

While the Wi-Fi only Touchpad Go has cleared the FCC certification, the possibility of it seeing the world are as remote as someone finding a chupacabra.

touchpad go wifi fcc cert label thumb Wi Fi only Touchpad Go clears FCC certification criteria

We wonder why the FCC chose to pass it despite the fact that no one would be producing it.

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Leo Apotheker is better known as the man who drove HP right down the toilet. Since his arrival in October 2010, things have went from bad to worse. Apotheker who was previously the CEO of SAP, was appointed HP CEO while the hardware giant was looking towards software and cloud for future growth.

HP bought Palm in the hope of turning webOS into a profitable platform, but failed miserably to do so and it had to sell the remaining TouchPads at half the price, not to forget the recent firing of scores of developers and engineers.

Mobile Business Briefing reports

HP’s board is rumoured to be weighing up the possibility of replacing its current CEO, Léo Apotheker, with former eBay chief Meg Whitman, according to Bloomberg and Reuters sources.

The sources said Whitman – who successfully built up eBay’s business during her time there – is being considered to fill the CEO role on a temporary or permanent basis.

Since the time the news (or rumor) went public, HP saw a relief in its share prices which increased by 7%. The same share prices had dropped to more than 50% since the arrival of Leo Apotheker. The news also added US$3 billion to HP’s market value.

Before the Touchpad and  the Pre3 were “literally” liquidated by HP, there were some people who believed in the devices and bought the devices at higher prices. Those poor sould had no idea that HP was about to announce the biggest failure in the mobile space by offering the devices at massively reduced prices.

According to Channel Register

The folks in Palo Alto are offering to honour the difference between the initial buy price and the end-of-life price on the three fondleslabs and the smartphone if the devices were activated within their webOS account before 23 August.

This scheme is not valid for HP employees who bought the devices at already discounted rates.

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Folks, webOS now stands updated to 3.0.2. After missing the July deadline, the update has been rolled out via OTA.

webOS 3.0.2 now available

webOS 3.0.2

The changelog includes:

Calendar

  • Quicker Just Type event search and event creation
  • Improved handing of meeting cancellations

Email

  • Faster scrolling
  • Improved message content and image display
  • Improved management of multiple emails in Draft and Outbox views

Music

  • Reduced audio skipping when the device is running other applications
  • Better display of album art

Photos & Videos

  • Added ability to set wallpapers
  • Faster and more reliable handling of individual photos and albums

Text Assist

  • Improved speed and accuracy of auto-corrections

Web

  • Increased scrolling support compatibility within web pages
  • Improved performance of remote HTML5 video playback
  • Improved responsiveness of auto correction within the browser

webOS System

  • Fixed issues with oversensitive screen rotation

You just need to go to the system updates and download the update which is reported to be something 38MB is size.

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