Remember the video we talked about which showed an older version of Android running on HP’s now-discontinued TouchPad tablet? Well, it has been proved to be real as owner of the Android TouchPad (or DroidPad? OK, no) has dumped /system and uploaded it to the internet for those who crave for it.
It all started when a rather shaky video was uploaded on YouTube which showed an HP TouchPad booting into Android 2.2 “Froyo”. The video looked quite questionable but has been proved to be the real thing today.
The news comes straight from RootzWiki forums – home of the TouchDroid project – where developer AndroidBall posted a thread announcing the release of the dump.
The folks over on RootzWiki are already investigating the dump which is expected to reveal a plethora of information which is bound to help porting Android over to the HP TouchPad.
Ok guys we got it. Lots of stuff to see here.
I will upload a lot a things. Be ready.
NEWEST FULL LEAK!
NO ONE MAY POST THIS ANYWHERE OUTSIDE OF ROOTZWIKI WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM ME OR jiwanish. DO NOT DOWNLOAD AND REDISTRIBUTE AS YOUR COPY. Thank you
THIS IS NOT A ROM YET GUYS STOP ASKING HOW TO FLASH IT!
If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ll know that HP discontinued all webOS hardware after seeing dismal sales and not-so-glowing reviews from the media. The TouchPad, which was originally retailing for $499 and $599 for the 16GB and 32GB model respectively, went on a firesale selling for as low as $99.
A group of developers from RootzWiki later announced the TouchDroid project which attempts at porting over Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” to the TouchPad. Today’s dump upload will go a long way in helping the devs achieve their ambitious goal. If successful, this would make the HP TouchPad the cheapest and, technically, the fastest Android tablet.
The TouchDroid team has already stated that they will start working on porting Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” as soon as it is open-sourced – which is expected to be later this year.
Keep in mind that a $2100 prize awaits the team which manages to get a basic Android port, Wi-Fi, Audio, Camera and multi-touch input working on the HP TouchPad.
You can download the 113MB dump from here, if you’re interested.