$1,500 Bounty For Android On HP TouchPad Tablet

Will we ever see Android running on an HP TouchPad?

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$1,500 Bounty For Android On HP TouchPad Tablet
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Over the weekend HP announced that they would discontinue production of the TouchPad tablet. Shortly after this was announced the remaining unsold devices were sold via a firesale of epic proportions. The 16GB version was going for $99 and the $32GB version for $149. The price alone made almost everyone want one.

Few took a step back to look at the big picture, essentially with every purchase of the discounted tablets, that person was buying into a dieing ecosystem, as HP has no plans to develop further webOS devices.

Some saw this as an opportunity buy the TouchPad for $99 and essentially turn it into a $500 tablet by porting Android over to it. Before you ask, the answer is no… no Android port currently exists.

To help entice the hacker development community, a hardware modification website is currently offering a $1,500 cash bounty to the first person to successfully port a full version of the Android OS to the HP TouchPad. Hack N Mod gives the full rundown:

As you’re probably aware, the HP TouchPad is now available for $100 – A $400 discount from it’s original price. And let’s be honest, we all want it running Android. So, to speed up the porting process, we’re offering a bounty! With built in Wifi, Bluetooth, etc, it’s a perfect tool for enhancing DIY projects, especially those using the Arduino!

How to get the prize ($1500) – Complete one (or several) of the tasks above and let the world know! Post your source code on GitHub and paste links to your pictures and videos in the comments below (or email us). All work must be documented under an open source license. The first person or group to successfully complete a fully functional task above wins the corresponding prize. The only condition is that your port must have a user-friendly installation process (such that the average user can easily install it).

With the future of webOS extremely unclear at the moment, the future of all new TouchPad owners could rest in the hands of this select group of hacker / developers to trying to get Android.

Do you think we’ll ever see Android running on an HP TouchPad? Let us know.

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  • Tim Paque

    Dear HP, Somebody in your company decided, “Hey, let’s use our WEB OS, instead of Android.” That person should be flipping burgers.

    • http://coxy.co coxy

      Not at all. To go and push your own software is not an incorrect decision. What was a stupid decision was to price the hardware so high.

      In a market where you have to compete with the iPad, the only real competitive edge is price – and I think this ‘firesale’ of tablets has proved just that.

      If HP priced their device to make a loss on hardware from day 1, yet gain and retain a healthy chunk of the market, they could not only position themselves as a competent hardware manufacturer that’s able to compete with Apple, but also on a software front with WebOS.

      • http://www.beyondexisting.com Caldwell

        Coxy is right. If HP used the same business model they use for Printers (Hardware is a commodity and Ink as a Cash cow) they would have been able to compete.

  • http://www.gvhomes.com/ new home builder

    Will miss the WebOS

  • Craig

    It’ll happen. Don’t under estimate the “hacker” community. M@d Sk1lz.

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