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HP TouchPad Android porting project started by the Touchdroid Team

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HP TouchPad Android porting project started by the Touchdroid Team
After HP decided to bring its discontinued webOS TouchPad tablet to fire sale prices, there have been a lot of warnings that people are buying an obsolete device with mobile OS that doesn't have the thousands of apps Android or iOS possess, but at $99 nobody listened, of course. And here comes the news of a project which aims to port Android to the ARM-based hardware on the HP TouchPad.

After all, in terms of silicon, it is up with the best out there, and, although new drivers have to be written and a lot of coding done, the so-called Touchdroid Team hopes to start off with Gingerbread and an eventual Cyanogen mod, then move on to either Android Honeycomb, or Ice Cream Sandwich, depending on how advanced they are with Android's tablet edition by the time ICS hits.

Thomas Sohmers seems to be the project lead - a 15 year old whiz kid, whose CV contains the following:

"Lately I have been working with the new Microsoft Kinect in developing Natural User Interface applications and virtual movement systems in my life long dream of building the Star Trek holodeck. Software wise, I have been working extensively with the Motorola Xoom and other Android devices to be able to run multiple operating systems on a rooted Android device within a virtual environment, or be able to dual boot the other operating system. My main goal in doing this is to open up development for mobile devices, so users with Android devices can take advantage of software from other platforms."

Now you know you are in good hands, and if the Touchdroid Team's efforts are successful, there will be a lot of joy added to the already smile-inducing fact that you bought good hardware at rock-bottom prices.

source: Rootzwiki via Liliputing

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posted on 22 Aug 2011, 07:44 2

1. toottoot (unregistered)


oh man, I hope I can score one of those tablets

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 09:46 3

2. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


I don't think I would rather have gingerbread instead of my webOS. Maybe once a stable version of honeycomb hits, or possibly even wait till ICS. But I don't think I would want a phone OS on my tablet. (i'm already rocking that on my nook color, and while it does make it a better tablet, cause the nook color alone sucks, I prefer my phone most times.)

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 10:01 3

5. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


The guys at TouchDroid are more than likely making it dual-boot so you can choose which OS you want to boot into. Best of both worlds.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 10:46

9. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)


Good point, and if it is indeed dual boot, then you best believe I will throw that up immediately.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 09:51 1

3. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Just one more device for Apple to stop sales of once Android gets ported in.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 10:04 4

6. quakan (Posts: 1184; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Apple doesn't have to stop the sales of it, HP already did.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 10:26 2

8. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


just making a joke

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 09:59

4. Synack (Posts: 666; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


I got 2 of these things, as soon as Gingerbread gets on the Touchpad I'm making the switch. You can't beat good hardware with good software at rockbottom prices.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 10:06

7. quakan (Posts: 1184; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


The hardware wasn't that great, the iPad can run webOS twice as fast.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 12:56

12. Thomas Sohmers (unregistered)


that was a fake report that iFanboy wrote and sent to multiple tech sites... it has since been discredited.

And if you actually looked into the touchpad, the 1.2ghz qualcomm snapdragon that is powering it makes it the fastest consumer tablet available right now.

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 14:02 1

13. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i don't think that story was fake... it accredited by a lot of websites... but i cud be wrong.. and u can have the biggest processor in the world but it cud be not the best in real time... numbers are deceiving with processors..

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 10:56 1

10. box (unregistered)


Anyone wonder if maybe hp will change its mind about supporting webOS now based on the sales of the units? They now have a dedicated user base much larger than they did last week and customers hungry for support and enhancements of the $99/149 novelty item they bought, and I'm sure their stockholders would be much happier knowing that the billions spent on the new platform and acquisition of palm were going somewhere potentially profitable rather than just being abandoned...

I can imagine the press release now, "Due to overwhelming demand and surging sales, we've decided to rescind our prior statements about our support for the webOS platform, and are redoubling our efforts to make it the best mobile experience in the market"

posted on 22 Aug 2011, 11:24

11. Mike (unregistered)


Except each unit cost HP nearly $400 in raw costs.

At $99/$149, there's a bargain hunter, modder market. At $400 or $500, nobody's interested.

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