I’m sure all of you have heard the news by now following HP’s systematic killing of webOS: the HP TouchPad is on sale for $100-$150 at retail in order to liquidate stock. Purchase now, think later. But while webOS may not be your cup of tea, you might be happy to know that a team of awesome developers over at RootzWiki have taken it upon themselves to do what everyone was hoping someone would do – port Android over to it.
Starting out, they will be working on porting Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will work on it until it’s stable. To work around the fact that the TouchPad only has one button, they will employ on-screen controls. That is, of course, until they begin work on porting Honeycomb and/or Ice Cream Sandwich that will certainly have built-in controls.
It appears the Gingerbread version will get to stable beta status and no further as they’ll begin working on Honeycomb from there – they might just want to get familiar with the TouchPad and deliver something for people to sink their teeth into while they wait for the big kahuna.
If you’re not familiar with the specs, the HP TouchPad has a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM (should be more than enough for Honeycomb), a 9.7 inch 1024×768 display, and, oddly enough, it doesn’t have a rear camera but it does have a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.
I’d say this is a no-brainer. Even if the project doesn’t go where we’re hoping it will (but we see no reason it won’t), a TouchPad for $100 is a steal. [RootzWiki, Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]