When the HP TouchPad went on sale for £89 earlier this week,
the only thing holding some of us in the office back was the lack of apps and
support once HP dumped webOS completely.
One of our colleagues was not too worried however, assuring
us that it would soon be hacked with Android and everyone would be happy. And
only a couple of days later, several TouchPads have emerged on video running
the Google OS, but not after being hacked – they were like this straight out of the box.
Several people who purchased cut-price TouchPads in the US have posted
videos of their shiny new HP tablets running Android 2.2.1 having just taken
them out of the box.
The devices seem to have come from Qualcomm indirectly as
when they are powered on, they boot into some version of Ubuntu before display the
QuIC logo which stands for Qualcomm Innovation Centre.
The devices then show the lock screen for a vanilla flavour
of Android 2.2.1 and seem to work as normal for the various functions shown on
the videos. As Qualcomm provided the processor for the TouchPad it’s not surprising that its engineers would be trying to get Android to run on the device.
Where ever the ROM came from, it has been dumped here by the TouchDroid team but it is not yet in a form to be downloaded and
flashed on your TouchPad device.
However, should you wish to get your hands on an Android-running
TouchPad, one of the Qualcomm devices has been put on eBay and with just over 40 hours to go in the bidding process, the highest bid
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It is only a matter of time before a ROM becomes available for
all TouchPad owners, especially considering that there is now a $2,225 reward
for the first developer to do it, and then the £89 we didn’t pay for the tablet
may seem like a pretty big missed opportunity.
Source: Android Central