The HP TouchPad sold like the hottest cake around though its no secret all of the craze surrounding the tablet can be attributed to its low price tag and not its webOS platform. People simply lapped up the otherwise superbly engineered product hoping to have Android on-board at some point and prominent among those hard at work trying to make the TouchPad Android frindly is CyanogenMod Android distribution.
However, the CyanogenMod build for the HP tablet is still a long way off as its still in the early Alpha testing stage. The team is working towards making available a multiboot ROM that will load both the WebOS as well as Android along with perhaps other operating system as well. The software though is based on Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread and not Honeycomb as the majority might have been looking forward to.
The Gingerbread will have some tablet specific tweaks though and its still a lot better to have a working Gingerbread on-board if not Honeycomb going by the choice of apps that it offers. The WebOS on the other hand offers a slick user interface while its Facebook app too is a lot better than its Android counterpart. So it will be always good for users to have a choice of both Android and WebOS.
CyanogenMod have said, “It will certainly be a long while before our goals become reality.” Current TouchPad owners can help speed things up though as CyanogenMod is in short supply of TouchPads and that is hampering their testing process. The team is actually asking TouchPad owners to turn over their tablets to them and those willing will do well to get in touch with CyanodenMod for a greater cause .
The TouchPad comes with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and other stuff that many perhaps had thought would be easy to make it Android compliant. In fact, a few consumers have actually received TouchPad tablets with Android on-board and at least one of them has shared the system dump which surely is helping those trying to make the TouchPad run Android. Let’s hope something emerges on this soon enough.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email