We saw it coming. We just didn’t expect it to be this quick. The Touchdroid team has now made touchscreen input work on the HP TouchPad with Android running on the device.
The Touchdroid team announced the news on Twitter just a few hours ago and even uploaded a video demonstrating the functional touchscreen. This, despite having gone through issues concerning misuse of funds and misrepresentation of the team.
Getting the Android-running HP TouchPad’s screen to respond to finger input has been one of the basic hurdles that Touchdroid and other similar teams of developers have been working on. The Touchdroid team, as well as the CyanogenMod team, [...]
To me, it was the ridiculously low fire sale price and the potential for running Android that made the HP TouchPad gain back a heartbeat after its maker pronounced it dead.
Within just hours after HP announced the lower prices for a product it no longer wishes to continue producing, retailers selling the device ran out of stock quickly. Even HP’s own online store and its company-owned outlets quickly ran out of units.
Thousands of queuing customers didn’t get their hands on the HP TouchPad. They simply fell in line too late. And, right now, a lot of them are enraged by disappointment, bitterness, and envy towards those who were able to [...]
HP has announced its plan to produce one more batch of HP TouchPad tablets, due to reach store shelves before October 31. Industry sources say HP might produce 500,000 to 1 million more units.
HP recently decided to kill the HP TouchPad and clear out the remaining units in warehouses through an absurdly marked-down price sale. That did the trick, and stocks were cleared very quickly. The HP TouchPad suddenly earned a great demand–thanks to the drastic price cut.
Analyst Shaw Wu told AppleInsider that HP’s decision is both “surprising and confusing.”
Despite the high demand that the lowering of prices has created for the HP TouchPad, sources [...]
The TouchDroid project, which was supposed to produce a port of Android that can replace the webOS operating system on the HP TouchPad, is currently going through a bumpy ride.
Yahoo! News reports that a member of the team working on the TouchDroid project has allegedly misused funds donated to the project and has allegedly misrepresented the group.
Thomas Sohmers, the project’s leader, told media that a member of his team used project funds to buy HP TouchPad units and resold the units for profit. The same team member also allegedly removed TouchDroid’s Twitter account and deleted files that are crucial to the project.
The said team member [...]
According to a report from Digitimes, Samsung is considering buying webOS from HP. Some people think that this is because of Google buying Motorola, and while this may be true to some extent, Samsung have been weighing their options for a while now.
They made the Bada OS as a back-up to Android, which is not doing too bad right now, out-selling WP7, but I’m sure they’d like it to be a lot more successful than it is. However, it’s very hard to beat Android’s momentum right now. Even Microsoft is having a hard time doing that with WP7.
And speaking of which, Samsung thought that WP7 would be their real alternative to Android, and even [...]
The mobile market experienced an earthquake when Apple launched in 2007. But it wasn’t felt right away. It was an earthquake that was felt gradually, and increasing in strength as time went by. It took a while for the other manufacturers to realize the implications of the touchscreen smartphone. The leaders in the industry, Nokia and RIM, and even Microsoft, did exactly what I would expect industry leaders to do when they get disrupted – they dismissed the iPhone.
They kept dismissing it for years, until they finally realized that the demand for iPhones is not slowing down at all, but keeps rising, and even their loyal customers might soon start to want a [...]
HP acquired Palm for $1.2 billion and all the good stuff that goes with that, and yet they still appear to have their eyes set firmly on an Android tablet. The HP Zeen C510 was apparently spotted in China with a fully customized version of the Android OS, that oddly allows no customization for the user (or so we’ve been led to believe). The new UI that HP have developed is called TouchSmart. Sure, it comes bundled with a few things like YouTube, Facebook and a Barnes & Noble recommendation widget, but the lack of control over the home-screen is something of a shock.
HP ship 1 million printers per week so its not surprising [...]
Reports are coming in that Hewlett-Packard has shelved its Android slate, which was to arrive sometime in Q4 of this year. Sources are now saying that the computer giant has delayed or possibly canned the Android tablet altogether. As to why, that part is unknown. We will let you know if we hear any more details.
In what can only be considered fantastic news for the Android platform, one of the main forces behind Palm’s lovely and easy to use webOS user interface, Matias Duarte, has joined fellow Danger Inc. alum Andy Rubin on Google’s Android development team. Duarte is now the User Experience Director for Android.
For those of you that don’t keep tabs on what happens in the non-Android world, it’s worth noting that HP recently announced that it was buying Palm.
According to the New York Times, Google CEO Eric Schmidt was recently at a party in Los Angeles talking about a new Google Android-powered tablet that is meant to compete with the iPad and similar devices that are set to hit the market soon.
The Times quotes a few sources that wish to remain unnamed that have told it that Google has already been working with several publishers concerning book and magazine distribution on the device.
The Times also mentions that HP is working on an Android device with a 6-inch display that it refers to as the “half-pint”.