More TouchPads on the way, ''next to no'' progress on Android port

Droidmatters has learned, via an image supplied by an anonymous tipster, that Best Buy stores around the US are to receive shipments of HP's discontinued tablet in the next week.

The TouchPad went from a flop to a must-have item last week after HP announced it was getting out of the PC and tablet hardware business and followed up by dropping the price of the TouchPad to just US$99 for the 16GB version and US$150 for the 32GB variant.

Unsurprisingly, the 9.7 inch tablets sold like hotcakes, with online and bricks and mortar stores alike selling out within hours.

The image obtained by Droidmatters, apparently a screengrab of an internal Best Buy system, features a memo instructing employees to print a form for customers to fill out to express their interest in a TouchPad. The customer would then apparently be contacted should any become available.

As for HP themselves, their website currently advises of a ''temporary'' shortage of TouchPads brought on by high demand, but doesn't give any hint as to a restock date, though Droidmatters claims HP will get stock ''sometime next week''.

Meantime, the TouchDroid project, which aims to port Android to HP's tablet, appears to be off to a rocky start.

A copy of an IRC chat, purportedly between developers intimately familiar with the project, has revealed that ''next to nothing'' in the way of progress has been made on the port.

In the chat, dated August 24, a project member identified only as ''jbruchon'' hits out at internal ructions that he claims have created distractions and created unnecessarily high expectations for the TouchDroid project.

''People have been reporting that 'TouchDroid has a working kernel that can run Android' THIS is a FALSE statement,'' he said.

''We lack functioning ADB support, which is crucial; talent joined up after I smoothed everything over last night that has extensive ADB knowledge, so this MAY be easily fixed by those people.''

Developers should now discuss the project only in private and avoid talking to the media, he said.

Image Credit: HP

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Like someone said, there has already been a HP Touchpad Android 2.2 ROM dump.

Now i'm no developer so I might not know what i'm talking about. But now you have a rom dump of the Android 2.2 OS running on the tablet. How hard can it be to get android working on the tablet if you have an actual ROM dump of the OS you are trying to run on the tablet, already running on the tablet.

warwagon said,
Like someone said, there has already been a HP Touchpad Android 2.2 ROM dump.

Now i'm no developer so I might not know what i'm talking about. But now you have a rom dump of the Android 2.2 OS running on the tablet. How hard can it be to get android working on the tablet if you have an actual ROM dump of the OS you are trying to run on the tablet, already running on the tablet.

Hardware is locked.

UndergroundWire said,

Hardware is locked.


This.
Until they can get a way to actually put that rom on there, it's no use.

smooth3006 said,
I see damage is in charge of the android port. Dont hold your breath guys. He is known for abandoning his roms/work.

Yup. I highly doubt it will ever come. The hardware is locked down tight. Makes me lol to the people that purchased this.

Actually most stores are selling the recieved touchpads today Saturday. For example here in Tucson. I had posted the post from Best Buy's forums. Some stores may be getting them later because their truck days are later. I would suggest calling to ask if they got and have sold them already or if they are yet to get them.

I just HP had made a better decesion. While somepoeple pew pew buying these many people are going crazy to get them and everyone I have talked to that bought one LOVES it. Many have also said that they found it more responsive than the iPads they have used. Too bad especially seeing the 64gb white models they had in the que for release.

XChrome said,
Actually most stores are selling the recieved touchpads today Saturday. For example here in Tucson. I had posted the post from Best Buy's forums. Some stores may be getting them later because their truck days are later. I would suggest calling to ask if they got and have sold them already or if they are yet to get them.

I just HP had made a better decesion. While somepoeple pew pew buying these many people are going crazy to get them and everyone I have talked to that bought one LOVES it. Many have also said that they found it more responsive than the iPads they have used. Too bad especially seeing the 64gb white models they had in the que for release.

LOL, when you call, they have a pre-recorded message saying that they are all sold out.

Actually, Google has NO vetting process. At all.

And Android is the mobile OS of the future? Google needs to stick with search engines. They obviously have no clue as to how to build a secure OS.

However, they are great at harvesting personal information.

COKid said,
Actually, Google has NO vetting process. At all.

And Android is the mobile OS of the future? Google needs to stick with search engines. They obviously have no clue as to how to build a secure OS.

However, they are great at harvesting personal information.

I love me some dictatorship and told what and how to do things, guess I better move to china too.

COKid said,
Actually, Google has NO vetting process. At all.

And Android is the mobile OS of the future? Google needs to stick with search engines. They obviously have no clue as to how to build a secure OS.

However, they are great at harvesting personal information.

An insecure vetting process for their app market != an insecure OS

apple may have a safe vetting process for their market but iOS is probably one of the least secure

COKid said,
Actually, Google has NO vetting process. At all.

And Android is the mobile OS of the future? Google needs to stick with search engines. They obviously have no clue as to how to build a secure OS.

However, they are great at harvesting personal information.

No clue. Lol. People buy and the majority have never had a security issue with it. So I'm sure google has a clue.

I'm sure this TouchPad "sell-outs" cost iPad a bit of customers loss. A few hundred thousands perhaps.

You know, people who buy the TouchPad were probably never going to spend $500+ on an iPad anyway. Your simplistic logic is flawed.

I'm not sure about that? I was going to buy a $499 iPad for myself until last weekend when the TouchPad fire sale hit. Instead I ordered three of the $149 32GB TouchPads on-line from BestBuy, one for myself, and two for Christmas gifts (My Son and Sister). I was one of the ones who's order got canceled so I am hoping I get priority on any restocks. If so that should give me enough time to either load TouchDroid on it or tweak the Web OS so it's not so sluggish when I give them to my son and sister for Christmas.
If I cant get them, then I guess I'll be stuck with one iPad. No way I am paying $499 for an Android or Web OS Tablet. Or maybe I should just wait until after Build and see what Windows 8 tablets are bringing to the table?

FMH said,
I'm sure this TouchPad "sell-outs" cost iPad a bit of customers loss. A few hundred thousands perhaps.

Highly unlikely those customers were going to buy an iPad to begin with or were ever thinking about getting the TouchPad before its massive price drop. They're merely getting a TouchPad now because it costs next to nothing.

If you are getting this tablet for the hopes of putting Android on it, you are stupid. How much support do you think this device will have? Your niche is really small so expect the same kind of support group.

UndergroundWire said,
If you are getting this tablet for the hopes of putting Android on it, you are stupid. How much support do you think this device will have? Your niche is really small so expect the same kind of support group.

No need to name call like a child...
Clearly nobody cares about the support. It's more about the challenge than the outcome.

Astra.Xtreme said,

No need to name call like a child...
Clearly nobody cares about the support. It's more about the challenge than the outcome.

Sorry if I hurt your feelings then. You were better buying a real Android tablet. If you buy something in hopes of getting something that in my opinion will never happen, you wasted your money. But if you bought for what it is and expect nothing more, enjoy your web browser.

There is no real demand on XDA for getting Android on this thing. I expect this Android port will die by next month.

digitheatre said,
support from HP (that has just abandoned WebOS in TouchPad) or support from XDA developers community....hmmm

HP is going to fully support the device, and have even sent out an update within the last week or so. They are just not making the touchpad anymore, they never said they wont support what they made.

UndergroundWire said,
If you are getting this tablet for the hopes of putting Android on it, you are stupid. How much support do you think this device will have? Your niche is really small so expect the same kind of support group.

And what are we comparing again ? $99 tablet with a $599 tablet ? Damn, I didn't know that you can spread BS and people would still believe in them.

BK201 said,

And what are we comparing again ? $99 tablet with a $599 tablet ? Damn, I didn't know that you can spread BS and people would still believe in them.

I would get a Nook Color. It's easily hacked and has a lot more users than this device ever will. That's no BS, it's simply FACT!!!

UndergroundWire said,

I would get a Nook Color. It's easily hacked and has a lot more users than this device ever will. That's no BS, it's simply FACT!!!

Awww is someone mad that they were too slow to order one before they were gone? You are kidding about the Nook right? $250 for mediocre hardware vs $99 for dual 1.2GHz processors, camera, GPS, 16GB of memory etc......Even if you bought one to put Android on it and let's say that doesn't happen, you have hardly wasted your money because you'd be getting a full-featured tablet for under $100. Have you sent your brain on vacation?

vladmphoto said,

Awww is someone mad that they were too slow to order one before they were gone? You are kidding about the Nook right? $250 for mediocre hardware vs $99 for dual 1.2GHz processors, camera, GPS, 16GB of memory etc......Even if you bought one to put Android on it and let's say that doesn't happen, you have hardly wasted your money because you'd be getting a full-featured tablet for under $100. Have you sent your brain on vacation?

Why am I mad? I have a Samsung Tab 10.1 and a Motorola Xoom 3G.

Watch it with the insults you illiterate moron. I stated that if you bought it solely for the reason of getting Android on it, you've wasted your money. I don't think it's going to happen. Especially with Honeycomb or ICS which takes advantage of the dual core.

Edited by UndergroundWire, Aug 29 2011, 1:57pm :

Is the 'more on the way' for US or UK, or even both? I'm in the UK and I'm still hoping to get hold of one of these. Wishful thinking <3

However they DO have a ROM dump from one of the touchpads that had Android 2.2 on it, so it really is only a matter of time.

Kushan said,
However they DO have a ROM dump from one of the touchpads that had Android 2.2 on it, so it really is only a matter of time.

Not if there's no way to put that rom onto the tablet