The HP TouchPad homebrew community is already alive and well

The HP TouchPad homebrew community is already alive and well

Summary: I have only owned my TouchPad for a couple of days but am happy to report the TouchPad homebrew community is active and producing good stuff.

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There are always folks who love to tinker with their gadgets, and many platforms have a homebrew community that supports that effort. Developers release homebrew patches, apps and themes to make gadgets work better than they did before. When I bought my Palm Pre back in the early days of webOS, the homebrew community was vital to get good apps due to the lack of options available in the official app store. The webOS homebrew community was organized, even producing apps to make working with homebrew apps as easy as the official store apps. I have only owned my TouchPad for a couple of days but am happy to report the TouchPad homebrew community is already active and producing good stuff for those willing to go through a little effort.

The home of the webOS homebrew community is webos-internals.org, the makers of the Preware app. Details can be found for every homebrew app, patch and theme for webOS phones and now the TouchPad can be found on precentral.net. Most users taking advantage of homebrew stuff do so through the nice Preware app, which turns finding and installing homebrew apps as simple as using the official app store. The site has instructions for getting started using Preware and homebrew stuff for those new to the scene. Note that the homebrew stuff works on the TouchPad just as well as on the phones. Once Preware is installed all interaction with the homebrew catalogue takes place over-the-air (OTA), making it very simple to test new things.

There are not a lot of homebrew stuff for the TouchPad since the tablet has only been out for a few days. Notably a couple of "patches" are available that are impressive. One is a patch that speeds up the animation of the cards on the home screen by a factor of up to four. This makes things notably zippy once installed. Another nice patch I have installed is the Glass Effect Suite, a theme for the TouchPad that turns system displays translucent so you can see your task cards in the background. Both of these patches are working for me with no issues, but as with all homebrew solutions install them at your own risk.

I am looking forward to see how fast the TouchPad homebrew selection grows, as I suspect it will be very fast. I remember how many developers in the early webOS days used the homebrew method to beta test apps prior to launching commercially. A lot of really good apps were in the hands of users long before they were commercially available. This will be particularly important for the TouchPad due to the lack of apps in the official store.

Be sure and donate to these homebrew organizations and developers to keep them pumping out good stuff for us all.

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  • RE: The HP TouchPad homebrew community is already alive and well

    This is how you win, offer a 3g version and 100 mb of data for free every 30 days, price it at 399 with any OS and I will buy 3!!!
    Hasam1991
    • I really hope they do that

      @Hasam1991
      And then they can lose money on every one sold and eventually go bankrupt. I think it is fantastic that all of Apple's competitors are stuck in a catch-22. They need to build a better tablet, need to instantly create an ecosystem bigger than Apple's, all the while charging less and giving away more freebies. THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE!!! YEAH!!!!
      woulddie4apple
  • Homebrew and webOS Internals Rock!

    No one comes close to the webOS Homebrew Community and webOS Internals. HP TouchPad rocks, homebrewers are busy cooking changes and polishing webOS, and HP supports and integrates these changes regularly. Thanks for making webOS the best mobile OS and the platform of choice for hackers! Sorli...
    sorli
    • RE: The HP TouchPad homebrew community is already alive and well

      @sorli
      Can you imagine the apple community trying to build something like this of equal caliber. They would end up like early aol days with a ton of very noobie users asking the most asinine questions. But that is what apple attracts...entry level users. They could never build or figure out how to use all the homebrew stuff. The few who actually have such abilities will never be able to sort through all the "huh i don't understand. Can't I just click something or download from itunes and it gets installed?"
      rengek
  • Makes us old-time palm users feel right at home

    The homebrew community keeps innovation alive, as it was (and is?) during the Palm OS days -- it was easy to patch and improve on using Hackmaster, YAHM or DAs (Desk Accessories). With all the software and hardware constraints, who wouldn't think that there's a better way to do things?
    Furuboru
  • RE: The HP TouchPad homebrew community is already alive and well

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