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Hack N Mod offers $1500 bounty for HP TouchPad Android port

3 years ago 15

There’s no doubt that the HP TouchPad was the best selling tablet over the weekend. Retailers slashed the price of the webOS tablet down to $99 and $149 as eager consumers snatched them up without hesitation.  Best Buy locations across the country started offering the TouchPad at the discounted price at 5pm on Saturday. Inventory sold out before stores closed on Saturday night.

We’re not exactly sure how many HP TouchPads are now on the market, but we have a feeling it could soon be one of the best selling tablets to run Android.  The TouchDroid Team has already announced their intentions to bring Gingerbread to the HP TouchPad, and now Hack N Mod has joined the party by offering a $1,500 prize for a complete Android port to the device.

In order to secure the entire bounty, the HP TouchPad Android port must include working WiFi, audio, camera and multi-touch capabilities in addition to documentation of the work under an open source license and a user-friendly installation process. While a $1,500 bounty might sound like a good incentive to put your coding hat on, Hack N Mod currently only has $450 secured and is looking for additional sponsors to pick up the remaining $1,050. The chart below should give you a good idea of what’s currently covered and what features need to be enabled to snatch the grand prize.

Are any of you planning to join in on the fun?  The HP TouchPad has some pretty decent hardware and could certainly be a decent Android tablet. How long do you think it’ll take developers to get Android up and running on the HP TouchPad?

Update: Unrelated to bounty, this video just surfaced on YouTube.