The TouchPad is the webOS-powered tablet that HP released back in 2011. Within a couple of months the company decided to sell all remaining stock through a fire sale because of the TouchPad’s disappointing performance in the market. At $99 HP managed to sell quite a lot of units which users have kept around because its possible to run Android on the TouchPad. Anyone who still has that tablet lying around will be interested to know that its possible to run Android 5.0 Lollipop on the TouchPad.
Android 5.0 Lollipop is the latest iteration of Google’s mobile operating system. It was unveiled earlier this year as Android L and it brings a variety of new features, security updates, a whole new user interface based on Material Design as well as many improvements. While the update hasn’t officially been released for this tablet, a developer has been able to put together a custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM for HP TouchPad.
A developer by the name of flitman has posted an early preview of Evervolv 5.0 for the TouchPad over at the XDA Developers forum. It clearly shows that this tablet is capable of running the latest in mobile OS from Google, even though this particular ROM is a bit buggy at this point in time, but expect things to improve in coming updates.
For those who would rather have a stable Android experience on the TouchPad, Android 4.4 KitKat or previous versions are a safe bet. This is only the first custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM for the TouchPad, there will certainly be more that will be even more stable and capable of being used as a daily driver.