Mod team puts multi-touch support into HP TouchPad [Update]

The HP TouchPad tablet has been a recent target of hardware and software mod groups looking to expand the functionality of the webOS device. A number of groups have been trying to get the tablet to run on Google's Android operating system. Now a group of modders calling themselves Team Touchdroid have managed to put in 10 point multi-touch support for the device's touch screen. While it's not perfect yet, it certainly shows that there are folks willing and able to extend what the TouchPad's hardware can do. You can check out a demo of the multi-touch feature in the video below. There's already a $1,500 bounty to be won by a team that gets a fully functioning Android operating system working on the HP Touchpad.

In related news, it seems that HP has now confirmed earlier reports that the final production run of the TouchPad will be made available in late October. Precentral.net reports that HP's Small and Medium Business division has sent an email this week to customers who put in orders for the tablet. It states, "It will take 6-8 weeks to build enough HP TouchPads to meet our current commitments, during which time your order will then ship from this stock with free ground shipping." It also confirmed that the prices for the final run of TouchPads will be the same as HP's fire sale price: $99 for the 16 GB version and $149 for the 32 GB version. As with all TouchPad purchases, the final run of the product will not be eligible for HP's return policy.

Update: There are accusations that Team TouchPad has in fact taken some of the code from the Cyanogenmod mod team. The accusations are based on a IRC log posted on Pastebin. We have contacted both teams for comment.

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Wow. I've heard this before and by Team Touchdroid's track record I already believed it, but this is a "smoking gun" if you will.

Ah yes.... but they put Android over that operating system with google Android.
Just one big problem Android is now WP7.5 (Mango) is the future was why the hell bother ???

Caveman-ugh said,
Ah yes.... but they put Android over that operating system with google Android.
Just one big problem Android is now WP7.5 (Mango) is the future was why the hell bother ???

Google bothers with Android becuse its the market leader in the mobile OS space by pretty much every survey, Microsoft however in some market is small enough to be a rounding error.

Caveman-ugh said,
Ah yes.... but they put Android over that operating system with google Android.
Just one big problem Android is now WP7.5 (Mango) is the future was why the hell bother ???

[Citation Needed]

I'm perfectly happy with my Android, as are most of my work colleagues, my girlfriend, her brother, his girlfriend. Is it without it's flaws? No, far from it, but iOS, WP, BBOS, WebOS and Symbian all have their flaws too.

Caveman-ugh said,
Ah yes.... but they put Android over that operating system with google Android.
Just one big problem Android is now WP7.5 (Mango) is the future was why the hell bother ???

Haha. I was having a pretty boring day until that. Whew. Thanks for the laugh!

shame the UK wont be getting any of the 2nd run HP touchpads. you suck HP its allways america that gets the good stuff.

xSuRgEx said,
shame the UK wont be getting any of the 2nd run HP touchpads. you suck HP its allways america that gets the good stuff.

Wa wa wa... It's an American company, so what do you expect?

Astra.Xtreme said,

Wa wa wa... It's an American company, so what do you expect?

But the production run will be operated in China, or Taiwan, or wherever they get them made... What's the difference between sending them to the US and the UK? The UK is closer?

Shaun said,
This is with Android not WebOS

I know, but honestly: If you read this text without any background knowledge it sounds like the TouchPad never supported Multi-touch.

I actually thought that it didn't! I thought that with WebOS, it was with only two fingers, and that HP hadn't yet released the drivers for multi-touch. They were to come in an update, or something...

yes, have to agree really bad written article..... title is misleading... some one who dont know about the project will be confused.

FMH said,
I actually thought that it didn't! I thought that with WebOS, it was with only two fingers, and that HP hadn't yet released the drivers for multi-touch. They were to come in an update, or something...

Two fingers would be multi-touch... By definition "Multi" means "more than one", not "more than two".

.Neo said,

Two fingers would be multi-touch... By definition "Multi" means "more than one", not "more than two".
Yeah, I should have phrased it as 10 point multi-touch, and two point multi-touch.