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HP TouchPad gets unofficial Nougat firmware

HP TouchPad running webOS, now with unofficial Android Nougat firmware available
HP TouchPad
As incredible as it may seem, this five-year-old slate with 1 GB RAM can run Android Nougat, although it will never get an official update.

The 9.7-inch HP TouchPad tablet had a very short life, being discontinued after less than two months on the market. However, this slate that launched back in July 2011 with webOS on board received a lot of support from the developer community and even now, some people continue to provide new firmware for it. In addition to the official webOS update, this tablet received multiple firmware releases based on Android and Ubuntu from third parties. 

HP TouchPad received Android 2.3 back in 2011, and then more updates arrived, delivering Android KitKat, Android Lollipop, and even Marshmallow. While most of the recent Nougat-compatible handsets and tablets are still waiting for the update, Android 7.0 for the HP TouchPad can be already installed. However, due to its work-in-progress status, some features are not working. The first Nougat-based firmware for this slate is Evervolv 7.0 and, for now, camera support is not present yet. Even more, "a lot of features are not installed," as mentioned in the description of this unofficial update.

Although this tablet launched for $499 USD and up, once HP discontinued it, remaining inventory was sold for prices as low as $99 USD per unit, instantly turning the TouchPad into a very popular slate. Now most of its specs are not enough to help it keep up with most low-end tablets on the market, but the continued software support provided by enthusiasts make it an old piece of tech worth keeping around.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-09- 8 (Update: 2016-09- 8)