Touchpad as a 'always on' clock and weather station

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MonsterMaxx

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My touchpad is still going strong. Amazing this old dinosaur is still working. Sadly it's too slow to do much with. I tried setting it up for my toddler, but after numerous attempts at games and whatnot we've given up - just too slow.

My wife asked me if I could at least make it into a clock. I thought adding weather to it would be nice. I used to have this working prior to installing the latest tenderloin OS, but can't seem to make it work now.

Running ev_tenderloin-9-userbuild-2019.08.30, been running OK for over a year.

It sits in the wireless charging cradle.

The OS doesn't have the 'always on' option in settings. At least not that I could find.

I can not find an app in the play store (after trying half a dozen) which will
a. Be an always on clock
b. include weather

I did find one app called "Clock Weather Launcher Clean" which seemed to show promise of at least handling the clock side of it because it had a setting to make it always on, but it's a pay now test later app which times out after 3min. no real way to test if I don't want to take the risk of pay now.

Anyone have any suggestions to making this work?

As always, thanks in advance.
 

middle_road

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I have to go back and dig through my files. I had one of mine set up this way some time ago.
One suggestion, use a low wattage wall wart instead of the the wireless stand.
I've had two tablets cook off and swell the battery when left on the stand. YMMV.
I have one tablet in the kitchen performing picture frame duties and it has been running for well over a year.
 
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HP_TOUCHPAD

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The Tablet will stay awake while charging by enabling developer mode and activate stay awake.
Disable screen saver and activate expandable desktop to show the full app.
Attached are screen shot of Evervolv 7 and 9, both works the same way.
Widgets can be created to show any information, weather, clock or anything else.
The following was tested with just the ROM installed from this guide:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...all-android-roms-with-swap-partition.3901773/
Weather app install by copy APK to tablet:
https://androidapksfree.com/the-weather-channel-the-weather-channel/com-weather-weather/download/
There are apps that force display on, but I did not try it.
https://m.apkpure.com/keep-screen-always-on-while-charging-qi-usb-ac/de.russcity.lockmyscreenon

Evervolv 9 Display always ON while charging, using weather app.
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middle_road

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Wow @HP_TOUCHPAD , that's put's what I was thinking of to shame.
As always, thanks for posting.

Note about wall warts. The 800mAH I had on the picture frame died. I put on a 500mAH however that is not big enough to keep the unit 'powered' up for continual usage.
 

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Wow @HP_TOUCHPAD , that's put's what I was thinking of to shame.
As always, thanks for posting.
The Tablet is the same as any other Android smartphone, but better due to the larger display.
Android can be configure in many different ways, is best to look on-line for what can be done.
You are very welcome!
Note about wall warts. The 800mAH I had on the picture frame died. I put on a 500mAH however that is not big enough to keep the unit 'powered' up for continual usage.
When you mean " the tablet died", was it due to a physical damage or that the Tablet will not wake up or charge?
Read this post and all others below:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/hp-touchpad-debrick-linux-live-cd.4189245/page-2#post-85997517

After the Tablet is 100% charge any other Android charger can be use and it should keep it charge at all time, but it all depends on the screen brightness as that is what it will consume the most power and heat up the battery.
My recommendation if the Tablet will be all time ON adjust screen brightness to medium or less.
 
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The Tablet is the same as any other Android smartphone, but better due to the larger display.
Android can be configure in many different ways, is best to look on-line for what can be done.
You are very welcome!

When you mean " the tablet died", was it due to a physical damage or that the Tablet will not wake up or charge?
Read this post and all others below:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/hp-touchpad-debrick-linux-live-cd.4189245/page-2#post-85997517

After the Tablet is 100% charge any other Android charger can be use and it should keep it charge at all time, but it all depends on the screen brightness as that is what it will consume the most power and heat up the battery.
My recommendation if the Tablet will be all time ON adjust screen brightness to medium or less.
Drat, no, the wall wart died, then the tablet of course followed as long as the battery lasted. It came back to life without any issues once I connected it to a decent PS.
 

HP_TOUCHPAD

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Hello. Did you ever try DAKboard?

Does anyone else have recommended apps to make this tablet into a wall mounted google nest hub?
The Tablet is the same as any Android device.
I have never try DAKboard but it does install and if you have an account then you can use it.
Also it can be use as a viewer for surveillance cameras.

Dakboard:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=dakboard.dakboard
https://m.apkpure.com/dakboard/dakboard.dakboard/download?from=details
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Xeoma for Android
https://felenasoft.com/xeoma/en/download/
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