As you may know, the great CyanogenMod team has released Alpha 2 version of Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) ROM for the HP TouchPad. The ever extensive set of instructions, download links and warnings can be found on the accompanying RootzWiki [Release][Alpha2] CyanogenMod 9 Touchpad web page.
The great news is that they have fixed hardware acceleration so YouTube videos now work in HD (HQ) mode and unlike on Cyanogenmod 7, in both landscape and portrait orientation. Netflix works as well (fixed together with YouTube in Alpha 2) so if everything else shows to be as good I expect it and once the camera is fixed and works in Skype (not there yet), this may be the tipping point where Android on the HP TouchPad works far better and leaves webOS in the dust (if only someone could port the webOS TouchPad keyboard to both Android Tablets and the iPad because it’s the best of all worlds).
I’m still testing this version before giving it a green light and noting my remarks in my CyanogenMod 9 on HP TouchPad post, but it seems like CM9 is soon going to be ahead of CM7, its older version abandoned at a very functional stage for better things in the future.
The more technical you are, the sooner you will want to upgrade from CM7 to CM9. If you’re an average user, wait at least a few weeks more to see all the issues with this port and whether you’re still better off with CM7. So far I’ve been experiencing problems with Gmail, email and Gallery apps constantly crashing, and with accessing and copying screenshots via USB connection.
Instructions for The Brave
(These are very shortened and mostly notes to self. Proceed at your own risk. You shouldn’t use these but follow the RootzWiki link at the top instead.)
Upgrade from Earlier Version of CyanogenMod 9
1. On your TouchPad open a browser session and download the Alpha 2 file from here. You can do the same from a computer but then you have to connect your TouchPad as a USB drive and copy the installation file to it. In both cases you have to remember the file location, which you will need in step 3.
2. Reboot TouchPad to ClockworkMod Recovery and (optional) back up the system.
3. Select “install zip from sdcard”, then “choose zip from sdcard”, browse to the downloaded zip file
(in this case update-cm-9.0.0-RC0-Touchpad-alpha2-fullofbugs.zip), select, and confirm the install. Reboot after it’s done and that’s all, folks.
Upgrade from CyanogenMod 7 to CyanogenMod 9
If you already have CyanogenMod 7 installed on your TouchPad and you want to upgrade to the current version of CyanogenMod 9 see my related post (not for the faint of heart), or follow either of the more extensive (and safer) sets of instructions accessible from the above links to RootzWiki or liliputing.com.
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