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Jelly Bean is officially on few Android smartphones and tablets, but the developer community is already hard at work, porting the software to other devices. Case in point: the HP TouchPad tablet, which essentially has no other software future. It’s an early build, but shows promise.

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There’s more than a million HP TouchPad tablets out in the world, but essentially they’re all dead-end devices. HP open-sourced the webOS operating system so it lives on, however, no current webOS hardware, such as the TouchPad, supports it. Thanks to the Android development community, there’s a build of Android 4.1, or Jelly Bean, for this hardware that otherwise has no future.

Enthusiast site Liliputing took the plunge by installing the CyanogenMod 10 software on a TouchPad and I’ll be doing the same as a future weekend project. Why would I wait? Well, this is still a work in progress and there are key functions not yet working: no microphone, camera or audio yet, and the graphics aren’t quite right, so no online video support yet.

Here’s a look at what does work, which might be enough for some to take the early plunge.

Based on the video, I’d say Google’s “Project Butter” to improve performance is working as advertised. I already knew this from my use of Jelly Bean on my Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, but the TouchPad is older hardware. You’d never know it from the demonstration, though.

Some TouchPad owners will surely pass on this early Jelly Bean build, but I still think it’s worth keeping an eye on if you own the tablet. The Android community typically doesn’t back down from the challenge of getting Google’s mobile platform working on various devices. I’m looking forward to seeing how this develops since my TouchPad essentially sits on its wireless charger acting as a full-time clock and part-time web browser in our kitchen.

  1. After being a staunch webOS fan, I am falling out of love with it more every day. Not the OS itself–webOS is beautiful, intuitive and actually a clever foundation.

    But with this week’s announcement that Open webOS won’t be available for existing webOS devices like the TouchPad, I’m about to renounce my webOS fandom. I guess the Community Version of webOS might be a way to go, but that announcement pretty much killed my pursuit of webOS.

    Android ICS on the TouchPad is pretty terrific. Battery life isn’t amazing, but the tablet performs great otherwise. Looking forward to JB once the microphone is working…which, based on the work already done, should happen in a few days. :)

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  2. I hope my tablet gets it! I love Posting on http://www.Formvote.com while hearing my music and stuff but my current version doesnt allow that :(

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