Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

Summary: Two groups are porting Android to the HP TouchPad, and both report they are getting close to a working OS.

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As soon as the HP TouchPad was placed on sale for $99, Android homebrew developers started picking them up with the intention of porting Android to the tablet. Two different camps emerged working separately on a port, and as is typical in work of this nature progress has been slow so far. One of the primary objectives of both groups was to get the touchscreen working properly, as a tablet without touch is basically useless. Both groups have now demonstrated TouchPads with functioning touchscreens.

One group working on an Android port is the Touchdroid group. This group was formed specifically for working this project, and only yesterday claimed to have solved the nasty touchscreen driver problem. The other group is very well known in the Android world, as CyanogenMod is the most popular homebrew group working with Android phones. The CM7 port to the TouchPad now has the touchscreen working too, and in a video demonstration claims the Touchdroid group reverse engineered the CM7 driver for their project.

The CM7 port is of greater interest to me personally as I am familiar with the quality work this group has consistently done with Android phones and tablets. I have no doubt they will turn out a good implementation of Android Gingerbread for the TouchPad that is stable and fully functional. I also like the fact that they are making the TouchPad port a dual-boot solution, meaning users can boot either native webOS or Android as desired. This eliminates the need to wipe webOS off the TouchPad as is required by the Touchdroid project.

The geek in me is anxious to see the CM7 port in action, but frankly as the owner of both Android tablets and the TouchPad I find webOS to be a better tablet operating environment. It may be fun to play around with Android on the TouchPad, but I can't foresee any function on a tablet that is not better served by webOS.

Topics: Android, Apps, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Software Development

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  • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

    Yep, a million more Tablets that can run Android! Still think the platform is a failure?
    slickjim
    • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

      @Peter Perry

      Yep. Now if they could get WebOS working on an Android tablet that would really be something. :-)
      Protagonistic
    • Yes. It is a failure

      @Peter Perry Running a "hacked" version built on crappy hardware drivers created by trial and error is never going to be any good any time.

      Just look at Linux .... there is a reason why serious distros are only certified for usage in specific/supported hardware. Because when you use hardware with generic drivers, the platform sucks (just as bad as Windows running with generic MS drivers ... like the AHCI drivers).
      wackoae
      • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

        @wackoae
        Running any Android is a failure.

        @Protagonistic
        Agreed. WebOS is by far superior to Android. Well then again pretty much anything is.
        audidiablo
  • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

    The TouchPad has an approx. 10-inch screen. The currently-available Android source code is 2.x. And Google has yet to release the 3.x source code for tablets.

    I thought Android 2.x was useful only for 7-inch tablets. Beyond solving the TouchPad driver problem, have Touchdroid and CyanogenMod extended the 2.x source code to support 10-inch tablets?
    Rabid Howler Monkey
    • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

      @Rabid Howler Monkey
      According to this thread, it works for the 10" screen:
      http://rootzwiki.com/showthread.php?4631-Touchdroid-Official-Thread-Will-get-updated
      fierala
  • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

    dual boot would be great as the selection of apps for android is just so much better, even though webOS is great.
    chapelhillice
    • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

      @chapelhillice <br>dual boot is a cool geek thing to do, but once you have android on with its access to its many apps, curious on what benefit one would have to use webos? Bing maps support? webos email?
      le10017
      • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

        @le10017
        Dual boot would be nice so when you download a virus to your Hemroid you can go to WebOS and not worry about it... This would mean your tablet is still useful.
        audidiablo
    • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

      @chapelhillice <br>Their selection of malware is just much better as well. Not so much.
      audidiablo
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    GeorgeTillman
  • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

    I never would replace a better OS with a poor OS. Android is good, but Web OS stands tall. Just because it's driven out of market (only the hardware though) does not mean we want the s/w piece to be replaced.
    krishnansriram
  • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

    I have a Touchpad and I think WebOS is a great OS. It would be great if some how they could get the android market and the android apps to work on the Touchpad like Blackberry did for their Playbook tablet.
    spierce617
    • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

      @spierce617
      I can't agree more about the user experience of webos. however, android app library will probably make me want to convert my unit over. also, love the brids eye view of bing maps, but it's still no google maps.
      le10017
  • RE: Android on the HP TouchPad gets a touch closer

    Really close! In fact it is here and scores 2753 in Quadrant in alpha release.
    The really good part is that is supports both markets, Google and Amazon as well.

    http://reviewhorizon.com/2011/10/how-to-install-cyanogenmod-on-hp-touchpad/
    soricon