The TouchDroid project, which was created just weeks ago in the wake of HP's Touchpad liquidation sale, has already disbanded. The project's discontinuation stems not from technical problems but because of accusations of code theft by the CyanogenMod team, which has also been working to bring Android to HP's defunct tablet.

After the TouchDroid team posted a video showing off the Touchpad running a touch-enabled install of Android 2.3, the CyanogenMod team accused TouchDroid team members of stealing code from the CyanogenMod port and passing it off as their own. In the end, the TouchDroid team gave the CyanogenMod team credit for its workposted a dump of what they had done up to that point and declared that the team was "no longer actively working on a port" of Android to the Touchpad.

Meanwhile, the CyanogenMod team's work continues, and appears to be going well - at this writing, the only major component that doesn't appear to be functioning in their port is wi-fi, and at this rate I'd expect that to be fixed soon. In the meantime, you can read the Android Police report for a full description of the chat transcripts, forum posts, and tweets through which this drama unfolded.

Source: Android Police

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  • Samzebian - Friday, September 9, 2011 - link

    According to this, Wifi isn't the only thing not working:
    "No wifi, sound, bluetooth....etc"
  • Droidaholic - Friday, September 9, 2011 - link

    The link you gave is a dump from the former Touchdroid team, not Cyanogen. I think Cyanogen is ahead of them, as usual. Their video definitely showed multitouch and video acceleration working. Wouldn't be surprised if we see something by next weekend. Probably won't, but I wouldn't be surprised.
  • schizoide - Friday, September 9, 2011 - link

    They have gingerbread CM booting. The touchscreen works and video is accelerated. The USB host works.

    So far we've seen no info about bluetooth, wifi, audio, GPS, or the accelerometer. From posts on the rootzwiki, I'm pretty optimistic that they either already have most of these licked or are well on their way-- most of the hardware has available drivers, they just need to integrate them and get the whole thing working. The CM guys are amazing.
  • Impulses - Friday, September 9, 2011 - link

    Now if Google would just open Honeycomb up so they could port a tablet optimized OS rather than Gingerbread... Guess that isn't happening until Ice Cream Sandwich tho. Still not a bad pickup for anyone that nabbed it at $99 tho, GB and all. Personally, I'd probably give webOS a chance if i got one, 'least until ICS. I'd love to see a post-update review of the TouhcPad, and I say that even tho I own an ASUS Transformer, tho I know that it's probably a waste of time for AT now that it's EOL.
  • DanNeely - Friday, September 9, 2011 - link

    I snagged one despite being a tablet skeptic. WebOS failed to change my feelings on the concept. Unless android impresses me more I'll probably flip mine on ebay after an ICS port is available and use the proceeds on an eInk kindle/nook.
  • piiman - Friday, September 9, 2011 - link

    I felt the same about tablets but I have found some good uses for it. Like laying around the living room or bed room and doing some quick browsing. Its also easy to travel with. WebOs seems a little young to me and could certainly use some tweaking and of course more apps but for 99.00 it does the basics fairly well. If i had paid 499 for it (Which I never would have) I would be less than happy with it. (or any tab for that matter) I think a duel booting webOS and android would be perfect though and bring new life to it. .
  • DanNeely - Friday, September 9, 2011 - link

    The biggest issue I have with using it as a browser is that it's impossible to place it at a comfortable angle/position to view the screen and type two handed (on my lap/a coffee table means bending my neck nearly 90 degrees to center it), and holding it at a comfortable viewing spot means having to one-finger the keyboard.
  • Zoomer - Sunday, September 11, 2011 - link

    You need a case to help with that. Try the technocel from verizon for $5 (not a bad fit, reforming clips will make it work better) or the $10 Marware C.E.O. iPad Case (fits really well) on ebay.
  • Belegost - Friday, September 9, 2011 - link

    I have 3 firesale bargains at home, and I won't replace webOS with gingerbread. With the preware mods installed, webOS is quite smooth, and I've hugely enjoyed using it.

    When ICS comes around, I might install it if available for access to the apps (if possible) but everything else about Android currently seems like a downgrade.
  • piiman - Friday, September 9, 2011 - link

    Seriously what is so much better in WebOS? Its about as customizable as an iPhone. the Multitasking seems more like app switching to me. Minimize the clock and watch it stop. Same for web pages etc etc nothing updates while its minimized. You have to shrink an app so I can flick it off the screen, while fun is a waste of time. How about just letting me close it from full screen? You can't use the clock like a clock since the screen times out no matter what (if I'm wrong someone enlighten me please) You can't add more tabs to help you organize your apps . I mean it runs great once you OC it and stop logging but there are many small things that just make it kind of a pain if you're used to the customizing that Android has. For 99 though it was a steal but its no upgrade to android IMO.

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