Looks like the abandoned HP TouchPad is going to have a bright future after all. HP decided to stop production of the HP TouchPad and stop development on it’s operating system for tablets and mobile phones, the webOS. Soon after, the TouchPad received huge discounts on it’s selling price, dipping as low as $99. People took that opportunity to get themselves a feel of the webOS and the TouchPad.
Hence, developers set out to find a solution for the problem that was the webOS. Sooner or later, it will turn out to be hindrance and the TouchPad’s more than decent hardware due to no updates and service. The team’s most important task was to make a Custom Android build run on the HP Touchpad. And they were successful at it, however, nothing seemed to be working, not even the touchscreen.
We recently showed you the video of the RootWikiz team from the TouchDroid project showing you the CyanogenMod 7 boot on the TouchPad. And already, they’ve successfully achieved the ability to dual-boot both of the operating systems. Dual-booting is an important factor when you’re trying to run a non- compatible OS on a device. If something goes wrong, which is bound to happen, you can boot in to WebOS and try out some other build.
We have dual boot working as you can see in the video. It can boot both android + webos. At the moment we are utilizing one kernel for both OS’s. This may change in the future. You may ask why? Simple answer is we don’t have units to spear to science. Many of the developers working on this, Do Not Have Units. And the Few that do once they brick we have to wait on HP to repair them. (which will only slow development)
I’m not going to keep you waiting, so here’s the video of HP Touch Dual-booting WebOS and Android.
If you own a TouchPad? Then it’s time you were really happy about it!!
So HP decides to stop production of WebOS devices and the HP TouchPad sales increased as if the world were going to end and the only way to survive was to buy one. No, of course that’s not why the sales have increased tremendously. The HP TouchPad is a brilliant device with a good collection of hardware that some folks believe is better than the iPad 2. However, all that doesn’t matter as HP has stopped production of said device and will soon be selling webOS too. So, naturally, the deflation in the pricing.
Few days ago, the HP TouchPad 16GB was going online for a mere $99 and the 32GB for $149. The online stores that were selling the TouchPad quickly went out of stock and it’s no longer available anywhere on the internet of in stores. HP has said that they will be clearing off all the remaining tablets for the same price in the same way, but we have no idea when that Firesale will kick off again. Since the tablet has some pretty nice hardware, a 9.7 inch display and a very Linux friendly processor, it has all the required ingredients for being Android friendly too. Yup, that’s one of the main reasons why people want to get their hands on the TouchPad.
The tablet was seen by Mr. Blurrycam running Android OS right after HP announced the tablets horrible fate. Later on, the TouchDroid project was started by four developers who took an oath to run Android Gingerbread on the HP TouchPad. And now, days later, they’ve made some progress and the future looks good. They have managed to cook an all new Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 ROM based on CyanogenMod 7 for the TouchPad. And these aren’t any normal cooks, they’re the CyanogenMod developers themselves, the masters of custom Android ROMs.
There’s a video of CM7 running on the device, but nothing is working yet, except for the display. The touch doesn’t work and the graphics is all messed up. Yet, it does feel good to see that familiar Android on the HP. Watch after the break;
So? Happen to have a TouchPad lying around somewhere? Don’t worry, it will be reborn. Read the official announcement by the guys over here.
HP announced three products today at its WebOS event, “Think Beyond”: the HP Pre3 and the HP Veer smartphones and the HP TouchPad tablet. A high point of these devices is that they have capabilities of syncing data, contacts and calendar events with each other using its tap-to-share functionality. Lets see the tech-specs of each of these.