Monday, August 22, 2011

Does the HP TouchPad already have an Android port? It appears so

Posted By Ray Nicolini

There is already a group established with the sole purpose of porting Android to the TouchPad — they call themselves TouchDroid. And, independently there is a $1500 bounty to bringing it over, too.
But it seems that a lucky guy got the device from Qualcomm shipped with Android 2.2 Froyo already installed, or at least Ubuntu running Android in an emulator, which begs the question, how long will it take to get a native port? See, the TouchPad runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which powers many current Android devices. In fact, the 1.2Ghz dual-core processor inside the tablet is of the same family as the SoC in the HTC EVO 3D and Sensation, which we know power Gingerbread pretty darn well.
It’s only a matter of time before someone collects that bounty, though there is a pretty cryptic video that claims a Gingerbread port is already finished, and will be unleashed on the world this Thursday, August 24th.
So now that the TouchPad is a possible $99 paperweight, it awaits to be seen what the developer community can do to it. Who knows? Maybe it will be the best Android tablet released so far.
Source: Phandroid

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