If you were one of the lucky few who managed to snag an HP TouchPad during the fire sale, you might like to know that you could be running the latest version of Google's Android OS instead of webOS. Engadget reports that an early Alpha 0 build of CyanogenMod 9 is now available via the fine folks over at Rootz-Wiki.
Of course, if you do decide to go the Ice Cream Sandwich route, your experience won't be bug-free and smooth, at least not at first. Here are the known issues listed by Baxter:
- Hardware Video (OMX). As a result, Netflix does not work, YouTube works only only in non-HD videos.
- Audio is a mess. The microphone does not work. Work on the current libaudio solution has halted because we will eventually switch to a CAF libaudio.
- Camera does not work. The only libcamera.so that we have is from froyo and its closed source. There is a wrapper for QCOM gingerbread libcamera libraries that could likely be used as a basis to get our camera working.
- Market filters prevent some apps from being installed (this can partly solved by switching back to standard DPI settings(120, 160, 240). The current build is using 160 which fixes the market but makes everything look ugly and low resolution.
- Titanium Backup crashes the kernel. There’s an investigation in progress...There are reports that older versions do work.
- Most of the hardware problems from CM7 still exist in this CM9 alpha build.
Baxter says they're working on fixes for these bugs but encouraged other Android developers to get their hands dirty and help out, too. Head on over to Rootz-Wiki to get started.