Android Port for HP TouchPad Already Underway

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dalauder

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Why didn't HP just keep their TouchPad and put Android on it sometime this fall? Then they could've sold them for $250 instead of $99. I don't really get some business decisions like this.
 

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[citation][nom]dalauder[/nom]Why didn't HP just keep their TouchPad and put Android on it sometime this fall? Then they could've sold them for $250 instead of $99. I don't really get some business decisions like this.[/citation]

They will have to hold on the touchpads and they don't have any experience with Android. They also want to release their own OS not use another.
 

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What happens if dumping touchpads was a way to get WebOS in peoples home? and having a port of Android for the touchpad would then be a big FU to HP.

I would wait to see what happens before putting Android on the touchpad.
 

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HP could have easily lowered the price then ported android over to the touchpad them self. Then simply release a tv ad stating something like

HP touchpad, now with android and all existing customers will now have an option in the next update, to install either android or keep web OS, or dual boot both
 

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[citation][nom]wintermint[/nom]They will have to hold on the touchpads and they don't have any experience with Android. They also want to release their own OS not use another.[/citation]But why? Why not just use a solid OS that a bunch of other stuff uses and not lose as much money? I'm not talking about them being ready for re-release in a week. But certainly by then end of October, they could have them back out and still sell them at much higher than $99.
 

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HP would have to buy the rights to use Android in their products. It's only 250,000 units anyways. Cut the losses and move on.
 
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A few comments

A) It's not 250,000 Touchpad's that are left, that was just the remaining inventory at Best Buy. The IT channel has thousands that haven't sold in major distributors and tier 1 and 2 retailers.

B.) HP couldn't put Honeycomb on the Touchpad. When Google created Honeycomb they started making restrictions on the devices that could run it. Ex. To run Honeycomb the Tablet must at least be 10 inches, have a dual core processor and HAVE A FRONT FACING A REAR FACING CAMERA. The Touchpad only has front facing camera so it doesn't meat Google's standards and thus the transition could never be official.

C.) Android 2.3 on a 10" tab is the most frustrating, glitchy POS on the planet. Certain apps don't resize, constant glitches, not smooth flowing, etc.

D.) Who cares if HP continues to put out updates, the WebOS app store sucks and it's only going to get worse now that HP isn't behind it.


 

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[citation][nom]Tablet Guru[/nom]A few comments...
B.) HP couldn't put Honeycomb on the Touchpad. When Google created Honeycomb they started making restrictions on the devices that could run it. Ex. To run Honeycomb the Tablet must at least be 10 inches, have a dual core processor and HAVE A FRONT FACING A REAR FACING CAMERA. The Touchpad only has front facing camera so it doesn't meat Google's standards and thus the transition could never be official.

C.) Android 2.3 on a 10" tab is the most frustrating, glitchy POS on the planet. Certain apps don't resize, constant glitches, not smooth flowing, etc.

D.) Who cares if HP continues to put out updates, the WebOS app store sucks and it's only going to get worse now that HP isn't behind it.[/citation]Thanks. B & C explain why they didn't just put Android on it. D explains why it's $99--which isn't actually a surprise. If I needed a tablet (who does?), I'd pick one up for $99.
 

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with or without android, it's the best gadget at $99. you could surf/email/watchmovies/listen to music, pretty much the basic stuff that you need. now, if only android tabs were this cheap.
 

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[citation][nom]ikyung[/nom]HP would have to buy the rights to use Android in their products. It's
only 250,000 units anyways. Cut the losses and move on.[/citation]

Wait? Am I missing something or shouldn't someone have already called you out on this? Android is free for manufacturers to put on their systems. They have no licensing fees from Google if they want to use it and even if they were sued by some other companies like HTC was, the cost was based on a per item sold model, which means they don't pay unless they sell.
 

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[citation][nom]ikyung[/nom]HP would have to buy the rights to use Android in their products. It's only 250,000 units anyways. Cut the losses and move on.[/citation]

HP isn't modding there product's to use android an independent group is without there authorization
 
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