Google’s Android operating system has taken to HP TouchPad as a developer demonstrates an alpha version of the OS booting up on the device, in a Youtube video.
After HP decided to discontinue with its operating system WebOS, developers are trying to get a workable version of the Android operating system installed in the HP Touchpad, which will earn a bounty of $2,000+ the price now.
The Cyanogen team developed a customized Android version, with the goal to “create a 'multiboot' solution where the end user will be able to boot into WebOS, Cyanogenmod, and/or other OSes, said the group in a video demonstrating the OS working on the tablet.
This will make the HP tablet little more relevant to the early adopters of the TouchPad, who were left at an uncertainty after the WebOS is left with an unforeseen future.
The tablet comes with a steady hardware, featuring a 9.7 inch LED multi-touch display, dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, 16GB or 32GB internal storage, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and Beats audio.
However, getting the Android software to run on the TouchPad has slowed down, says the team because of the lack of development devices in the market. A $99 sale of the TouchPad has exhausted the inventories, since Hp announced it would be discontinuing its mobile hardware and slashed its prices dramatically.
The version of CyanogenMod on the TouchPad is at an unstable alpha state currently, but the teams says they will add more features to it.
Rootzwiki is another group working on the “Touchdroid” project, who aims to first work on developing a port of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and making their Android port open.