The news of the week is that HP are getting rid of their Touchpad inventory. They’re trying to get rid of it so much that they’ve discounted the 16GB model to $99 from $399 and the 32GB model to $150 from $499. As expected, these things are flying off the shelves. While many are buying the tablet because of WebOS, a lot of Android enthusiasts are buying the tablet with the hopes of it being able to successfully run Android in the future.
There is already a project underway from Team TouchDroid to get Android ported over to the TouchPad. The team of developers are confident that they will get Android successfully ported over the TouchPad. While we wait for Team TouchDroid to port Android over to the TouchPad, some new info regarding Android running on the TouchPad has surfaced.
Android 2.2 on the TouchPad
The first video comes from a Youtube user who claims that his co-worker received an HP TouchPad preloaded with Android 2.2. These guys have no idea how Android 2.2 got loaded onto the TouchPad and are looking for answers. When the TouchPad boots, you see the QuiC logo, which stands for Qualcomm Innovation Center. So, did Qualcomm put Android 2.2 on this TouchPad? Nobody knows. What do you guys think? Real or fake?
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Android 2.3 and 3.0 coming to the TouchPad this week?
The second Android-on-the-TouchPad story comes from a Youtube user who claims that he will have Android 2.3 running on his TouchPad soon, and will post video instructions on how to do it on August 24. In addition, the Youtube user also claims to post instructions on how to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) on August 26. Is this user legit? We have no idea. There’s a 50/50 chance. Either it’s true, and we shall see on August 24 and 26, or it’s fake, and we’ve all been trolled.
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I guess with time, we’ll see if the TouchPad becomes the cheapest dual-core Android tablet. For now, all that we can really do is just wait and see what happens. I know that there are Team TouchDroid aren’t the only ones working on getting Android running on the TouchPad. The Android development community is huge and I’m sure that there are many developers who are hard at work to make this a reality.
Until then, we wait.