How to install Android on the HP TouchPad

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Posted on 17 Oct 2011 at 10:22

Installing Android on your own TouchPad

By now you might fancy the idea of installing Android for yourself, and we have to say it really does give the TouchPad a new lease of life. Before you start, though, we need to be very clear about what this involves:

The CyanogenMod 7.1 alpha release is unofficial, alpha-quality software. Installing it on your TouchPad isn’t supported or recommended by HP, CyanogenMod or PC Pro. If you want to install it you do so absolutely at your own risk, and with no guarantee that your TouchPad will be stable or even usable once you’ve done so. The instructions given below assume a degree of technical expertise. If you do hit problems, don’t expect anyone to help. You’re on your own.

That’s not to say the installation is difficult: all you really need to do is copy a few files to your TouchPad, download a few tools to your PC and type in a one-line command. And we haven’t heard of anyone screwing up their hardware by trying to install the CyanogenMod software: if the various Android web forums are any indicator, the process appears to be safer than Apple’s official iOS 5 update! Nevertheless, to reiterate, this software is still experimental and unsupported, and you install it at your own risk.

If your TouchPad crashes or freezes during or after the installation, you can normally reset it by holding down the Home and power buttons together for ten seconds. If your system gets seriously messed up, you can perform a complete factory restoration of webOS using HP’s webOS Doctor tool.

Preparing your TouchPad for Android

We haven’t seen any reports of webOS software or settings interfering with the Android installer, but if you want to play it safe you can restore your TouchPad to its factory state using webOS Doctor, as above, before you start.

Alternatively, you could simply clear out your personal data and apps. To do this, press the menu button at the bottom right of the screen, swipe right to the Settings tab, open Device Info, click Reset Options and press Full Erase.

If you decide not to clear out your data, you should at least ensure there’s 2GB free on your TouchPad’s internal storage, so the Cyanogen installer can create the Android system partition.

When you’re ready to install Android, the first thing to do is connect your TouchPad to your PC and create a folder in the root directory called “cminstall”. Into this folder, you need to download several software packages: you can find links to them all on the official alpha release page (scroll down to the bottom of the long introductory post to find the links). You’ll also find more information, advice and FAQs on that page, as well as videos to help you out, so if you have trouble with any of the steps in this feature, that’s a good place to start.

The package links are headed “CM7”, “Clockwork Recovery” and “Moboot”. The files themselves, which should end up in the “cminstaller” folder on your TouchPad, are called:

  • update-cm-7.1.0-tenderloin-a1-fullofbugs.zip
  • update-cwm_tenderloin-1012.zip
  • moboot_0.3.3.zip

Let the name of the CyanogenMod 7.1 package serve as another, not too subtle reminder that the operating system you are about to install is not release-quality software!

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