HP TouchPad gets unofficial Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port

Another tablet is getting the newest version of Android, but it's not one you'd expect. In fact, it's not even a tablet that was built to run Google's mobile operating system in the first place.

As those without a Nexus 7 or Motorola Xoom await their upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it's Hewlett-Packard's discontinued, webOS-based TouchPad that's getting an unofficial but nevertheless real injection of confectionery goodness.

Before official Android tablet owners throw a fit, it's worth noting that the unofficial port of CyanogenMod 10 (CM10) for the TouchPad put together by XDA Developers Forum member Jcsullins has "plenty of gaps in functionality," according to SlashGear. That may be a bit of an understatement.

"Hardware video and graphics acceleration aren't functional, and neither is audio. The front-facing camera doesn't work, and neither does the microphone," the tech site elaborated after getting a peek at Liliputing's review of the Jelly Bean port for the TouchPad and accompanying video (below).

That's a lot of functionality gappage, but SlashGear reckoned the CM10 port will improve with time. For now, Jelly Bean for the TouchPad offers decent web browsing and email, albeit without sound or very good video playback. One issue some users of the mod are reporting is wonky battery charging on their TouchPads, but that doesn't appear to be the case with all ports.

Last summer, HP pulled the plug on its first webOS-based consumer tablet after barely a month due to low sales, later gifting the webOS operating system it acquired with Palm in 2010 to the open-source community. A series of TouchPad fire sales brought prices for the tablet down, resulting in a surge of sales and the emergence of a steady stream of Android ports for the tablet.

TouchPad owners who want to try Jcsullins' CM10 for their tablets can get instructions for downloading and installing the mod on xda-developers.com/ and rootzwiki.com.