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HP TouchPad gets unofficial Marshmallow update

HP TouchPad with CyanogenMod Android 4.0-based firmware
HP TouchPad with CyanogenMod
This 9.7-inch tablet launched almost 5 years ago loaded with webOS and never got an official Android update, but its hardware is capable to run Android 6.0.
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While retail availability of the HP TouchPad was extremely short, this tablet received a lot of unofficial updates in the last four years, and it looks like it still has a future. HP released this 9.7-inch slate back in July 2011 and discontinued less than two months later, in mid-August. Next to the official webOS firmware releases, this slate also received unofficial Ubuntu and Android updates.

The first Android 2.3 builds for the HP TouchPad were launched back in 2011 and the latest pieces of code released for it were based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Now, the time has come for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. XDA Developers forum user flintman unveiled the early alpha Marshmallow update for TouchPad on November 1st. According to his initial report, the firmware has problems with the camera and Bluetooth connectivity, using the microphone kills audio, rotation sometimes hands, while the microSD is not mounting.

The above might be considered as too much for a usable system, but this is nothing out of ordinary for such an early build. Those who do not want to take Marshmallow for a spin on their TouchPad to help discover and fix bugs should probably stick to Lollipop for the time being.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2015-11- 5 (Update: 2015-11- 5)