Driven by HP’s $99 fire sale of their webOS-based ToucHpad tablets, many hackers and developers have been busy attempting to port over a variety of Android flavors onto the device, most notably CyanogenMod 7. However if CM7 isn’t your thing, the team behind MIUI have been making some progress with their own version of Android for the TouchPad.
So far the team has managed to get the MIUI custom ROM up to a pre-alpha stage, but even then it’s rather impressive as to the features and functions that they’ve managed to get up and running so far. These includes features and functions such as audio, touch input, WiFi, and Bluetooth. However some of the functions and features not available or not working include the lack of an on-screen menu for home, back or menu functions.
Thanks to Brad Linder at Liliputing, here are some workarounds to the bugs we listed above.
- You can install the Android Market by downloading the latest gApps zip file from CyanogenMod or goo-inside.me and installing it with ClockworkMod.
- Once the Market is installed, you can search for an app called Button Savior which lets you bring up on-screen home, back, menu, and search buttons by tapping an icon on the side of the screen. If you don’t have the Android Market installed you can download it from the developer’s thread at xda-developers.
- It’s a good idea to install a third-party home screen app since the MIUI home app is a little buggy at the moment. Go Launcher, ADW Launcher, or other free app launchers make it easier to access all of the Android apps installed on your tablet.
If you’d like to go the MIUI ROM on the HP TouchPad a go, head on down to RootzWiki for the download links and instructions. Once again this is done at your own risk, so proceed only if you know what you’re doing! In the mean time you can check out the video below to see the MIUI ROM in action on the HP TouchPad.