Team TouchDroid disbands after multi-touch code drama

Earlier this week a mod team called Team TouchDroid announced that it had enabled full Android powered 10-point multi-touch support for HP's TouchPad touch screen. The news generated a ton of links on a number of tech sites, including Neowin. Now it has been discovered that some of the code for that mod was taken from another mod team, Cyanogenmod. As a result, the Team TouchDroid group has apparently disbanded.

In a post on the mod team's web site, one of its members, known by his handle "fnj00", stated, "The code for our touchscreen driver was found on a public pastebin which was believed to be from team CM by some of our team members. This was later proven by team CM as well as other publicly posted channel logs. Some team members decided to use this code against team CM and not publicly credit CM team for this release which was wrong. As the drama unfolded the team began to break up and its trusted members are no longer actively working on a port for the HP touchpad under this team."

Meanwhile CyanogenMod's team continues to work on their own Android port for the TouchPad. Liliputing.com reports that the team has got the touch screen and accelerometer working via Android along with the TouchPad's graphics drivers. One big hurdle that has yet to be fixed is getting the device's WiFi hardware to work under Android. When the CyanogenMod Android work is completed, TouchPad owners will be able to boot from either the Android mod or the tablet's original webOS operating system.

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CyanogenMod seems to be a very good, stable group that supports a wide range of devices.
Even if they stop supporting it latter, I personally feel they will have at least a stable, solid build of android for the touchpad.

I am not surprised at all. In fact I actually said that team will never release it. He does have history of abandoning projects. I wonder if CyanogenMod will give up after GB?

FMH said,
More gossip on a death product....

HP may not be selling them anymore but the TouchPad is far from dead.

Tony. said,

Nah, it's still alive.

Jokes aside, it may be not be dead. But it doesn't has a future either.

W8 launching, Android tab flooding and iPad 3 in spring. Don't see it having any interest to any OEM.

FMH said,
Jokes aside, it may be not be dead. But it doesn't has a future either.

W8 launching, Android tab flooding and iPad 3 in spring. Don't see it having any interest to any OEM.

On a long enough timeline, everything is dead.

FMH said,
Jokes aside, it may be not be dead. But it doesn't has a future either.

W8 launching, Android tab flooding and iPad 3 in spring. Don't see it having any interest to any OEM.

There are lots of things that didn't "have a future" but have a strong following for years after. Commodore, Dreamcast, etc.

I have no desire for a WP device or iPad. For the price, there is no comparison. Especially if they succeed in getting this done.

Oh well, at least CyanogenMod's picked up the torch. They've almost got Gingerbread 100% working on the TouchPad. Once they've done that, they're moving onto Honeycomb. Then hopefully later on, they'll work on Ice Cream Sandwich after that comes out.

MightyJordan said,
Once they've done that, they're moving onto Honeycomb.

No, they won't. Nobody will, because there is no source code for it.

Adrian0E said,

No, they won't. Nobody will, because there is no source code for it.

People said the same thing about porting Honeycomb to the HD2, it still happened. They'll just have to hack everything together.

Tony. said,

People said the same thing about porting Honeycomb to the HD2, it still happened. They'll just have to hack everything together.

Actually Steve (aka Cyanogen) said that they will NOT be doing a HC port unless HC makes it to AOSP.

smapdi said,

Actually Steve (aka Cyanogen) said that they will NOT be doing a HC port unless HC makes it to AOSP.

Exactly. CyanogenMod team works by creating a fork of AOSP and then modify it.

MightyJordan said,
Oh well, at least CyanogenMod's picked up the torch. They've almost got Gingerbread 100% working on the TouchPad. Once they've done that, they're moving onto Honeycomb. Then hopefully later on, they'll work on Ice Cream Sandwich after that comes out.

wow all these coders sound fat... whats next ... project all you can eat buffet?