- Man I'm loving the HP WebOS Touchpad. I'll write up a proper blog
entry about it, but if you're trying to get an application to play
random AVI and WEBM videos on it, you'll need to install a third-party
application. I installed TouchPlayer, which apparently is a build of
mplayer. It wasn't exactly trivial, essentially because you need to use
a host PC to do the whole process.
- First, you enable "developer mode" on the Touchpad, which involves
typing stuff into the tablet's search bar.
- Next step, you run, on a host computer, something called "WebOS Quick
Install". This is just a java archive you run doing "java -jar
WebOSQuickInstall-4.4.0.jar". You can get it from
- Before running this for the first time, you need to install a
"driver", which is called palm-novacom; you can download the .deb from
[developer.palm.com] -- beware, it will run a daemon, which kind of freaks me out.
- You can now connect the tablet to the computer. You now run WebOS
Quick Install, which should detect your device fine. Now, click on a
little networky icon, and select "Preware". This gets installed on the
actual device. You can later use this on the actual Touchpad to install
applications, and there are quite a few.
- Last stop! You then need to download two .ipk files and install them
on the tablet through WebOS Quick Install. The first one is for the
filemgr service, which should be installable through Preware, but which
is currently 404ing -- no worries, a version is available from
Touchplayer itself is available as a download from
[mobilecoder.touchpadhp.info] -- just install both
ipks and you'll have it available on the device.
- That's it -- disconnect and enjoy!