HP TouchPad is a 2011 tablet, but people are still talking about it… Why? Because it was supposed to be revolutionary, it managed to fail in a few weeks and it sold a big number of units in a fire sale, that made its price $100. Now people are playing with the device and tweaking it, especially with Android on board.
Android 4.2 has arrived on the HP TouchPad, courtesy of developer SGA who has released test builds of CyanogenMod 10.1. Previously, SGA offered builds of CM10 based on Android 4.1.2, but the new version is based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It gives you support for lockscreen widgets, Google’s new notification system and other improvements.
Of course, the slate has a few bugs to deal with, so Bluetooth doesn’t work, the front facing camera doesn’t work and hardware accelerated video decoding also doesn’t work out of the box, at least. The thing is that it’s quite easy to enable support for accelerated video playback. As usual, you are taking risks with this install, that may break your tablet. For example, batteries can run down while the tablet is sleeping. You can find here a guide of how to install the OS.