HP is shelling out the WebOS products, and who knows there may be nothing with that name in the future. ITs still worth buying those Touchpad tablets for $99, a perfect device for browsing the web, watching movies, if not apps.
A group of XDA/Rootwiki developers called TouchDroid are working a Android Gingerbread AOSP port for HP TouchPad. This is possible because the latest Honeycomb 3.2 supports Dual core Qualcomm chips found in the HP TouchPad, previous versions of Honeycomb only supported Tegra 2.
Going further, HP may unlock the touchpad bootloader making it even more easier to install an Linux (including Android) on it. HP might even think about open sourcing WebOS.
Truth be told, these TouchPads would be flooded into markets and more Android ROM communities would follow the TouchDroid project.
TouchDroid project is being developed under:
- Thomas Sohmers (trsohmers) —Twitter, email, website
- Framework43 —Twitter
- John Hale (rhcp011235) —Twitter, email, website
- Jacob Bell (ProTekk) — Twitter, website
Work would be huge including kernel porting and patching, followed by porting drivers for peripheral like Touchscreen, wireless, etc.. The team plans first port AOSP Gingerbread followed by CM7 and then Android Honeycomb 3.2 on HP TouchPad. IF Android IceCream Sandwich is released in between, the would move to it.
You can, for the meantime, Root your HP TouchPad.
Update 2: You can now Install Ubuntu Linux on HP TouchPad
Update 3: List of Android ROMs, Projects for HP TouchPad
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