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    Latest Tech News - HP TouchPad users may see Android on their tablets

    Anyone who picked up a $100 HP TouchPad at the recent fire sale may eventually be able to runAndroid on their newtablet.

    Latest Tech News - HP TouchPad users may see Android on their tabletsHP TouchPad users could eventually see Android popping up on their screens.

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    The crew at CyanogenMod, which creates customized builds of Android for mobile devices, have succeeded in porting over a version of Android that can run on HP's now discontinued tablet.

    An open letter and video from CyanogenMod posted on the RootzWiki Web site show that developers have so far been able to run a Cyanogenmod version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on an HP TouchPad.

    The video reveals the Android OS booting up and launching into a home screen and then displaying icons for a few apps. Though the developers seem to be making progress, one major feature still missing in action is touchscreen support. In the video, CyanogenMod is controlling the tablet through a remote console.

    But the CyanogenMod tech, known as greentheonly in the video, acknowledges that "these are just the very first steps and there will be more progress soon, I hope."

    Next on the team's agenda will be to enable touchscreen support. But to continue its work, CyanogenMod is looking for a helping hand in the form of a few more HP TouchPads that it can use for testing. The final goal will be to enable TouchPad users to run both the modified Android build and HP's WebOS on the same tablet.

    "Our ultimate vision is to create a multiboot solution where the end user will be able to boot into WebOS, Cyanogenmod, and/or other OSs," said CyanogenMod in its letter. "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."

    CyanogenMod provided no ETA for its final product and in fact cautioned that "it will certainly be a long while before our goals become reality."



    With a host of tablet buyers scooping HP's TouchPad at the fire sale prices, other developers are looking at Android support. A group called the TouchDroid team also wants to port Android onto the TouchPad. Though their goal is to port over Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich, the TouchDroid developers are apparently just getting started since as of a week ago they had yet to pick up a TouchPad to use for testing.





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