Monday, September 12, 2011

HOW To: Install/Flash Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 on HP Touchpad.[Step by Step Video Guide]

Soon after HP announced that it would be dumping its PC business, it also revealed that it would be discontinuing webOS development as well. HP launched the TouchPad only a few months ago, and according to reports

While everyone was wondering about the fate of webOS and writing obituaries about it, HP let out another surprise of running Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 on Hp Touchpad..

Team TouchDroid has released the Pre-Alpha build of the installation guide for Android on HP TouchPad. Touch screen works fine with this build, but Wi-Fi and few other features do not work yet.
Since, this is a Pre-Alpha build both Team TouchDroid and InfoGenra doesn’t take any responsibility if your devices are bricked. So, install at your own risk.
This is a tutorial on how to install Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 on the HP Touchpad. This is the touchdroid team's release, and We simply followed the instructions provided.

Install Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 on HP Touchpad - Touchdroid Build

To start with the installation process, first you will need to install novaterm/novacom on your machine. The guide to get them is available at
Now, download system dump and android.uImage from The mirror is available at
After downloading these files place them in your novaterm installation folder.

Follow these steps to install Android on your HP TouchPad

1. Open a command prompt / terminal window and type
2. Run the following commands in novaterm to create partitions for Android

Resize /media first:
lvm.static lvresize -L -1706M /dev/store/media
lvm.static lvcreate -L 10M -n android-persist store
lvm.static lvcreate -L 32M -n android-etc store
lvm.static lvcreate -L 320M -n android-system store
lvm.static lvcreate -L 320M -n android-cache store
lvm.static lvcreate -L 1024M -n android-data store
Create partitions for android:
mkfs.ext3 /dev/store/android-cache
mkfs.ext3 /dev/store/android-data
mkfs.ext3 /dev/store/android-etc
mkfs.ext3 /dev/store/android-persist
mkfs.ext3 /dev/store/android-system
3. In novaterm, mount the system partition on /tmp/system
mkdir /tmp/system/
mount -o loop -t ext3 /dev/mapper/store-android--system /tmp/system/
4. Open a new command/terminal window and run the following (not in novaterm):
novacom put file://tmp/system/ <
5. Unzip and move files to /tmp/system/ (in novaterm):
cd /tmp/system/
tar -xvf
cd system
mv * ../
cd ..
rm -rf system
6. unmount /tmp/system:
cd /
umount /tmp/system
7. boot into bootie by running the following (in novaterm):
tellbootie recover
8. Open a new command/terminal window and change to novaterm folder and run the following:
novacom boot mem:// < android.uImage
9. Now press the volume up button on the TouchPad until you see a purple line on the right hand side.
10. And now, you have a HP TouchPad with Android 2.3.5 installed on it.
After restart, if you want to boot in to Android you need to repeat steps 8 and 9 only.
To remove Android from your HP TouchPad run the following (in novaterm):
lvm.static lvremove store/android-persist
lvm.static lvremove store/android-system
lvm.static lvremove store/android-data
lvm.static lvremove store/android-cache
lvm.static lvremove store/android-etc
lvm.static lvresize -L +1706M /dev/store/media
Now that you have the basic porting of Android on HP TouchPad, developers please come forward to bring in additional functionality like Wi-Fi, camera and support the community. You also have a cash prize waiting for you if you are successful in adding these functionality.
Note: If you want to have some fun, you still can lay your hands on the HP TouchPad 16 GB and HP TouchPad 32 GB at Amazon.
Source: touch-droid

28 Responses so far.

  1. Thanks sooo much! It's always great to get interesting Post from this Site . I'm glad there is someone to look forward . Cheers!

  2. caleo says:

    video was wonderful and very helpful. could you please tell me how did you unzip copied in folder

  3. To ihack Admin could please know me that is it possible to Dual Boot Android ...the above tutorial Its was really a wonderful easy expected Post ...
    please clear my doubts...
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  4. kloafman says:

    well done Supperb! I can't wait till a dumb ass like me can install this! Thanks for the hard work.

    Good video man. Now there is one for linux users & windows users. God, i hope the fire is lit now. Let's do this!!!!!!!  SPARTAA!!!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome bro, any idea when the official android for the Touchpad will be released?

  6. fabulas After viewing this cool tutorial WHO SAYS HP Touch-pad is dead?????
    Thank for sharing such an amazing post

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am able to follow this entire stuff except the last step..when I use novacom boot mem:// < android.uImage it doesn't boot into android but again in webos only..I do not see any purple line on the sides as well...I dnt know where I went wrong or what I missed as I did not get any errors anywhere..Do I need to install webos 3.0.2 emulator for this to work?

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