HP Releases Source Code For Android Fork They Denied Existed
By Mordechai Osdoby. February 8, 2012, 12:51 PM CDT
Back in the heady yesterdays of the HP TouchPad firesale, people claimed they’d purchased units that were running a device-specific build of Google’s Android operating system. HP repeatedly denied such an OS existed. Until yesterday.
Not only has HP fessed up, but they’ve also released the source code. In fact, they handed it directly to the Cyanogen team, who have been trying to take their version of Android for the TouchPad out of Alpha (aka nowhere-near-ready-for-daily use) for a while now. With HP’s code, there’s a good chance many of the issues that had been plaguing the Cyanogen crew may be quickly solved.
Also interesting was the discovery via the source code that this wasn’t something that happened last minute, but that this was an OS in development before HP ever bought Palm. Were we going to see an Android HP Slate? I guess we’ll never know now.
Just another exciting day in the life of a TouchPad user.
Hat tip to http://technabob.com for the great image.
About Mordechai Osdoby
One of the co-founders of Techcitement, Mordechai is a man whose obsession with tech once led his wife to refer to a laptop as "the other woman".