Well, this is just peachy. Another lucky soul was able to buy an HP TouchPad (for $100) that had Android preinstalled instead of WebOS. Apparently, there’s a bit of a back story as to why this anomaly is happening. It appears Qualcomm, the chipset vendor for the tablet, tested Android on several units.
Probably the result of a geek’s boredom between shoving more chipsets into more phones and tablets. But, somehow, retail stores are getting these units and selling them to customers. One user gives us nearly 3 and a half minutes of Android love on the TouchPad showing that Android can run quite nicely, likely without a lick of optimization.
We only have one question, Qualcomm – when will you release the method? The community’s going to get this thing cracked wide open eventually, so you might as well come clean and make it easier for everyone involved. Video’s above. [Android & Me]