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CyanogenMod 7.1.o’s Gingerbread has finally made its way to HP’s disowned slate, the Touchpad, which I queued in line out side a local BestBuy in the early morning of 8/20/2011 to get at $149 for a 32GB model.
It’s too bad that HP wants to discontinue support to WebOS, the operation system used on these touchpads, however, the rumor that one day an Android system can be installed on these tablets pumped up people’s expectation, and that is the main reason I get it.
They call it a “lower your expectations” edition. A new video and forum update belabors the point that the alpha is an early, buggy build that is not intended for the general public. However, if you’re brave enough to install CyanogenMod anyway, you’ll wind up with a neat assortment of usable features, including multiboot support, ten-point multitouch, functional WiFi, camera support for video chat, limited GPU acceleration and a ton of other features that are either working now, or are near completion. The team says there are too many nonfunctional features to properly list at the moment, but advise brave testers to expect app incompatibility and poorly optimized power consumption. Ready to throw caution to the wind?