Touchdroid Breaks Ground, HP TouchPad with Android Now Responds to Ten-finger Input

by: Elmer MontejoSeptember 7, 2011

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, jumped through one other big hurdle recently: that of getting Android to boot on the TouchPad.

The Touchdroid team has recently succeeded in dual-booting webOS and Android on the tablet.

The team has not announced any other new functionality, but getting the touchscreen driver to work on the HP TouchPad is already big deal. After all, with a non-functional touchscreen, the tablet is practically useless.

Although the developers have also not chirped anything about getting the radios and sensors working yet, we are very sure that those are in the pipeline, as well.

Here’s the demo video showing that multi-touch, ten-finger input already works on the HP TouchPad with Android onboard:

The HP TouchPad recently caught the attention of many people, especially Android developers, after HP slashed down the TouchPad’s price to a ridiculous US$99. Both the Touchdroid and CyanogenMod teams wanted to take advantage of the price drop in order to port Android over to the HP TouchPad, either to fully replace webOS or to multi-boot with webOS.

HP has also announced that it will produce one last batch of tablets. Reports say the next batch will number up to a million more HP TouchPad units. No one can say for certain whether the new units will still be priced US$99 for the 16-GB model and US$149 for the 32-GB model.

A lot of Android fans who are thinking of purchasing a new Android tablet have considered the HP TouchPad, especially with news of successful progress with porting Android to the TouchPad. Many of such users believe that the HP TouchPad will run better with Android as its operating system.

Among those who have acquired an HP TouchPad during the fire sale, how is it performing so far? And, why or why not would you consider replacing webOS on it when the Touchdroid or CyanogenMod comes up with a publicly consumable and fully functional port of Android?

  • I acquired one in early August and though I do like the webOS its slow to start and has really sod all decent apps.
    An os of even Gingerbread would be great until Honeycomb or ICS was available

    • Anonymous

      , wow,. I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
      I use EgoWî

    • Anonymous

      , wow,. I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
      I use EgoWî

  • rc

    webOS rocks! Simple and very clean cut. missing some important features though. I want to dual boot cause android has a lot of good apps and features

  • Si

    Why the guys at HP didn’t put Android in the first place or even ship the new units promised with that pre-installed are both mysteries!

    Having said that, my new Touchpad should arrive from an eBay seller in the US in the next day or two I hope!

    I paid more than $99 for it (over double) but its still a damn site cheaper than any other similar performance Tab on the market – despite lack of apps, slow boot up and everything else everyone niggles about – But I’m buying one – at first – for member/s of my sales team. They look cool, they are functional (email, web, viewing PDF presentations, documents (mainly Drop Box) – all things the Touchpad IS good at) and I couldn’t care less if they don’t have millions of apps on which to waste their time… like I do on my iThing.

    And as and when Android is available on the Touchpad? If I get one, sure, I’ll switch mine over to Android 3.0 or higher. Will I let my staff? Probably not if it voids the warranty.

    I doubt I not am the only person in business that has identified it’s the cheapest way of arming staff with a cool personal computing/communication device.

    Just my thoughts!

    Si – Sofia, Bulgaria

  • Johngoepel

    I was lucky and was informed by a friend that there would be a secret shipment to the BestBuy nearby. I was in the last 15 people able to get one, and so far it seems decent. WebOS is really user friendly, though it still has bugs which HP could have (if not giving up on it’s tablets) fixed in a couple months. Apps are stupidly expensive and limited. I need to pay $7 just to watch videos of any kind on the tablet. There is no media player installed other than for music, which works pretty well with iTunes. Syncing takes a long time when it comes to the Facebook app, which needs a lot of bugs worked out; it often freezes functions on the tablet for up to 10 seconds. I just bought an iPad wireless keyboard case and it works great, except that the buttons which have no use on the TouchPad bring up the Search window, which is about 12 buttons lol. All in all I just want better apps and multimedia content, which is the Touchpad’s main weaknesses.

    • Dan

      dude …copy videos to the device via usb make a directory called vidoes then go to photos and videos ,aptly named, and tap your video files and they play.The video player is built in.