There were many reasons why people rushed to buy the HP TouchPad, whose price was slashed to $99 after HP discontinued webOS. The most important reason was the ridiculously low price. Who wouldn’t want to buy that type of great hardware for just $99? However, there was another very important incentive for people to buy a TouchPad – Android.
Soon after HP announced the TouchPad fire sale, some Android developers announced that they would start working on an Android port for the TouchPad. Since Google hadn’t open-sourced Honeycomb, they announced that they would be bringing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to the TouchPad.
Today, the CyanogenMod team announced that they have had some minor breakthroughs, and showed us some videos of CyanogenMod running on the TouchPad. They compiled Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread from source and have managed to get it running on the TouchPad. However, a lot is yet to be done. They haven’t been able to get the touchscreen working, but rest assured, the best Android developer team on the planet is working on it.
Here’s the video of CyanogenMod 7 (Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread)running on the HP TouchPad:
Here’s the official announcement by the CyanogenMod team on RootzWiki:
Here is some (older) touchpad progress from Friday. The Cyanogenmod team wanted to share it with the public as a blatant publicity stunt to bring attention to our need for a few more touchpads (for developers currently working without them).
As you can see from this quick demo, we’ve been working hard and have made progress. Since this video was created last week, the build has been more “tabletized” (tablet tweaks added, etc.), lvm support has been added, and 2d hardware acceleration should appear very soon.
The touchscreen driver issue is now the focus of our attention.
Our ultimate vision is to create a *multiboot* solution where the end user will be able to boot into WebOS, Cyanogenmod, and/or other OSes. This appears to be very possible, and we have discussed several potential implementations with our new friends in the WebOS development community to make it easy for an end-user to set up.
For the moment though, we need about 4 tablets, as we have talented and experienced developers who cannot contribute effectively due to a lack of hardware. If you have an extra touchpad and are willing to help the cause, please let us know in the comments below.
A BIG CAVEAT– PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR ETAS. For the uninitiated, this is the #1 rule for Cyanogenmod. It will certainly be a long while before our goals become reality. Our goals incidentally are not connected with any bounty– we are motivated to do it right, not do it fast.
And now the obligatory shout outs– Thanks to rootzwiki and all the devs and everyone else who are collaborating and contributing to this project. You know who you are, you.
The CM team
PS- Yes, this is gingerbread (Android 2.3.5). Everything you see, except for bootie the bootloader (a great kid’s show btw), was compiled from source.