As you probably already know, the HP Touchpad, along with all other webOS devices, has been discontinued and the last batch of tablets was sold for very affordable prices. Due to this fact, a development process of the Android OS has been started a while back.
Fortunately, we have today for you the first important development progress and the first semi-functional Android version. Unfortunately, we are being informed that the team behind the TouchDroid project has split up due to some internal issues we are not going to detail at this time.
The results of their work so far can be seen in a video posted by one of the team members a few days ago. The video shows instructions on how to run Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 on the HP TouchPad. However, the Android version is far from being finished and functional and doesn’t yet support WiFi or the tablet’s hardware buttons.
While we highly recommend you not to play with the Android version before it will be fully functional, if you are a developer and you would like to see the progress for yourself or if you are just curious and you know a thing or two about programming, codes and so on, you will probably want to check out the two videos you can find at the end of this post.
The first one is the original video posted by Fnj001, a former member of the TouchDroid team, who uses a Linux running computer to set up the booting of Android, while the second one, posted by Reverendkjr, illustrates the process with the help of a Windows-operated computer.
What you will basically have to do to run Android on your HP Touchpad right now is to partition the tablet’s storage to create space for the Android installation, to copy the actual OS onto the space, to unzip the system file and to finally boot into Android. You will also find instructions in the videos for rebooting the device into webOS, which should prove very useful because, again, the Android version is not yet fully functional and will mess up your tablet’s functionality right now.
As far as the further development of Android is concerned, while the TouchDroid team has called it quits, another team of programmers and hackers from Cyanogenmod is expected to finish the Gingerbread development in the near future and to also go the distance and start developing Honeycomb or even Ice Cream Sandwich versions for the HP Touchpad.
The HP Touchpad, for those of you who are not very familiar with it, is a tablet powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 9.7-inch display with 1024×768 pixels resolution, WiFi, 1 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage memory. It can still be found on Amazon, but the prices have gone up to 250 and 274.99 dollars.
You can check out the two videos we have talked about below, but first of all you should go to this TouchDroid forum link where you will find the complete instructions in writing, as well as links to some programs you will have to install before starting the actual Gingerbread 2.3.5 installation.