HP TouchPad Might Shed webOS for Android

August 22, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A couple of days back, we saw Hewlett Packard cut the TouchPad off their hands. But the device could get a second life, if the efforts of a team of developers prove successful.

A group of four dedicated developers, namely Thomas Sohmers, Frankie F, John Hale and Jacob Bell, are gearing up with a project called the TouchDroid Project, to breathe new life into the TouchPad as an Android tablet.

The four have together opened up a website requesting donations for their quest and have also laid down the plans on how they are going to turn the webOS device into an Android family member.

Mainly, the TouchDroid Project has set its sights on getting the TouchPad to run Android Gingerbread first, after which they will jump onboard with Android Honeycomb. They might even get away with sticking in the Android Ice Cream Sandwich, once the combined tablet/smartphone OS is seen outside the lab.

One of the factors that contributed in making the TouchPad a flop was the device’s price. But then again, this might just be what the TouchPad needed, or it might drown completely.

Only time will tell of this outcome. What do you have to say on this?

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