HP Officially Releases Android Source Code for TouchPad

HP Officially Releases Android Source Code for TouchPad

Feb 9, 2012

Owners of the short-lived HP TouchPad will be glad to know that a big step toward full-on Android support is coming. HP has released the official Android source code for the TouchPad. This means that it should be easier for developers like CyanogenMod to release their versions of Android for the device.

Apparently, members of the Android development community have been clamoring for HP to release the source code, in part because devices did ship with Android on there. Due to the GNU Public License that Android is shipped under, derivative works must have their source code available as well. Now, because it was never a purposeful release, HP may not have ever had to release the source code for the TouchPad Android kernel. This appears to just be a good deed from the folks at HP, allowing their tablet to live on just a while longer – and with Ice Cream Sandwich as well, thanks to CyanogenMod9.

The HP TouchPad Gets Closer to Being a Real Android Device With CyanogenMod 7

The HP TouchPad Gets Closer to Being a Real Android Device With CyanogenMod 7

Aug 30, 2011

The HP TouchPad may have been killed, but its soul lives on, particularly in the hands of those looking for cheap tablets. Those crafty geeks that exist out there in the shadowy corners of the internet have set to work in making sure that those TouchPads don’t quite become obsolete eventually. What better way to make the TouchPad useful than to make it run Android? Well, right now, the TouchPad is running Android…sort of. CyanogenMod 7 is running on a TouchPad, as seen in the demo video below, but right now, it is in such an unfinished and unstable state that not even the touchscreen on the device works when booting it. In short, this is still a very rough work in progress, and this isn’t even going to turn the TouchPad into a Honeycomb tablet until that OS’s source code is released, and with Ice Cream Sandwich on the horizon, we may have to wait for that. But this is a start to something that could help turn the TouchPad into a device its users use for a long time after its seeming death.

Source: Phandroid