Recently, we wrote about the progress the folks over at CyanogenMod were making on baked ROMs for the extinct HP TouchPad. Today the super hackers released CM9 for the TouchPad, but in alpha form. This is awesome for owners who are stuck with a tablet that’s no longer receiving any major firmware updates for its webOS platform. Here’s a quick break down of what to expect with this alpha build:
Things that DO NOT WORK:
- Hardware Video (OMX). As a result, Netflix does not work, YouTube works 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.
The aftermarket firmware makers have been on a roll as of late, recently announcing an impressive milestone of 1 million installs (combining both official and unofficial). That said, don’t get super excited because this is after all an alpha build, which means lots and lots of bugs.