Feb 8th, 2012

Remember back when a few HP TouchPads shipped to some customers with Android pre-installed on the device instead of WebOS? HP vehemently denied any knowledge of how, or why, the OS got on there in the first place. Well, as it turns out — it was HP. The whole time. Yup.

Well, the fine folks over at HP have finally come clean and in doing so, they’ve released that original Android source code for the tablet to the CyanogenMod team to tinkering around delve into. That means, with the elusive kernel source, Android development on the tab should pick up steam and more stable Android ROMs are sure to follow.

If you thought all the mysteries behind the Android HP TouchPads have been uncovered, there’s still a few questions left unanswered. For one, it appears that HP had a separate team working on an Android port for the TouchPad the entire time, working simultaneously as the WebOS team. Could this mean HP had originally planned to ship the tabs with Android after their purchase of Palm? Perhaps, for whatever reason, they decided against, instead banking on WebOS? No one knows for sure, but one thing is certain: the plot thickens… (cue eerie X-Files music).



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