HP TouchPad allegedly sold to customers running Android 2.2

HP's TouchPad tablet has generated more excitement, and more sales, in the past week than it ever did since it was first announced. The webOS-based device has now been canceled by HP due to poor sales and reviews. However, the remaining stock of TouchPads are being sold off at rock bottom prices (if you can find one that is). But a funny thing happened on the way. According to Engadget, at least two people who bought new TouchPads have found that the tablets are not running webOS but rather Google's Android 2.2.

One of the people who claims to have found this rather weird combo says that he bought the TouchPad at a Best Buy store and is currently selling the TouchPad (32 GB) on eBay. One of Engadget's comment posters also claims to have come into possession of a HP TouchPad with a similar set up. The article says that a Qualcomm Innovation Center (Quic) logo briefly pops up on the Android TouchPad which may mean this version of the device was some kind of development platform that, for whatever reason, found its way to the shelves of Best Buy. For its part, Qualcomm has not yet commented on this rather odd development.

Earlier this week the HacknMod.com web site offered anyone a $1,500 bounty to hack a TouchPad and make it run fully as an Android-based device. The person who is selling his TouchPad on eBay has already written that his off-the-shelf TouchPad could be entered into the HacknMod.com bounty.

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This is scrap. The ones that claim they had touchpads with android instead of WebOS have apparently bought not a HP touchpad but a CnM that looks like HP, but it's not and it runs Android.

Suckas!!!!

A joke, no.. Not monkeyproof, for sure

No many people are dumb*ss sheep who still do not take 2 secs to read and understand installer messages. If your games wants acces to your contactlist and be able to read vital system information it's very likely not for saving hi-scores..

And many of these malware bs hides in 'BABEZ SLIDESHOWZ' style apps.. If you're immature enough to fancy those you're asking for it IMO..

Then most ppl just press OK.. sjees

Seems people still need to be lead and spoonfed, which is why Apple still pulls of their marketing tricks..

paulheu said,
A joke, no.. Not monkeyproof, for sure

No many people are dumb*ss sheep who still do not take 2 secs to read and understand installer messages. If your games wants acces to your contactlist and be able to read vital system information it's very likely not for saving hi-scores..

And many of these malware bs hides in 'BABEZ SLIDESHOWZ' style apps.. If you're immature enough to fancy those you're asking for it IMO..

Then most ppl just press OK.. sjees

Seems people still need to be lead and spoonfed, which is why Apple still pulls of their marketing tricks..

not always is it obvious why an app needs certain permissions. i.e., a keyboard app (I think it was swiftkey) needed internet permissions to download the language packs. whatsapp needs permission to send and receive SMS, which doesnt make much sense since it's an SMS replacement, but it needs to read the confirmation SMS to confirm your number.

so the whole thing is flawed, anyway.

From the article above:

"Mr. Marcus said Android users have become the top target for malware developers because Google does not use a vetting process to monitor the distribution of new mobile apps."

Android is a joke.

7Dash8 said,
Wait, you can also buy actual HP staff members as well now? HP has taken this firesale thing too far.

Yup, they prostitute us out to the highest bidder.

(obviously if any of my HP bosses are watching that was a joke!)

WP7 said,
Anyone with a touchpad having the 3.0.2 68 update failing? Its only 38MB but its slow then just stops

Mine did that when I bought it as well, I plugged it in to the charger and tried again and it worked.

I was hoping to pick up one during the fire sales in hopes MS would offer instruction on how to get it running Win8 beta (or dev preview) bits...

No luck.

There's no way that MS would provide this info. Keep an eye on various dev websites. I hope they get it up and running.

dotf said,
I was hoping to pick up one during the fire sales in hopes MS would offer instruction on how to get it running Win8 beta (or dev preview) bits...

No luck.

So many things wrong with this.

1. There's no leaked builds that could run on it. It needs a ARM build and we only have one expired x86 leak and 3 x64 IIRC.
2. Microsoft would not speak about it till BUILD at least.
3. I doubt Microsoft would provide instructions for devices not intended by Microsoft. As this does not fit all the specifications like USB and all that stuff.

I think webOS is actually quite nice. After some removing of logs and such it's fast as hell. All that's missing is dev support for apps.

micro said,
I think webOS is actually quite nice. After some removing of logs and such it's fast as hell. All that's missing is dev support for apps.

How to remove the logs?

.Neo said,
Android 2.2 on a tablet is obviously the experience everyone's waiting for... =/

If they manage to extract the drivers from it we may see newer versions of android as well.

wolftail said,

If they manage to extract the drivers from it we may see newer versions of android as well.

What, like version 2.3? No that's exciting...

HP should just release the tools to flash/modify the devices so people that bought them can play around.

GreyWolf said,
HP should just release the tools to flash/modify the devices so people that bought them can play around.

In a perfect world.