HP TouchPad should ideally be running the Android operating system. Unfortunately, that is still some way off and the best that we can have at the moment is what CyanogenMod has come out with—an upgrade to the Android 2.3 as an alpha build which they have named the CyanogenMod 7.
However, installing it on the device requires courage, both in technical spirit as in the mind. There are lists of warnings that pop up stating that all data might be lost. In fact, all of it is portrayed to be scaray enough to put off even some die hard geeks out there, not to mention of the less adventurous type.
For those who manage to get past it, what awaits them at the other end can be considered promising. The firmware upgrade caters to connectivity aspects such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as support for the dual core processor. There is also support for Netflix, along with wireless charging, which is possible due to the presence of Touchstone technology. The TouchPad’s digital camera comes to life after the Android 2.3 makeover.
In the end, if too much is being said of the upgrade to Android 2.3, and the gloom and doom sort of scenario that accompanies the upgrade process seems too much, let’s not forget it’s not a one off thing that’s typical of CyanogenMod 7. For the troubles that are likely to crop up during the upgrade are not likely to be any more than what most alpha builds of firmware can generally be associated with.
There is also a video available that can serve as a guide.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email