If you haven’t been following the team TouchDroid saga lately, here’s the “too long; didn’t read” version. Some code used in a recent demo video or two wasn’t properly credited (to CyanogenMod). On purpose. Names were exchanged. Accounts were banned. Feelings were hurt. The team has called it quits. Tragic, we know. But that doesn’t mean the task of porting Android to the HP TouchPad is dead. It is very much alive. And doing very well, in fact.
After the developers behind the TouchDroid project put a stop to their work, they decided to release all the code they’ve been using for other developers to play around with. And as if that wasn’t enough, member fnj00 has released an installation tutorial video to help you get the ball rolling. As tempting as it may be, it is highly advisable you stay away from installing this build. This is pre-Alpha stuff here. Only very capable developers should be getting their hands dirty. If you’re looking for a consumer-friendly Android port to be released, it shouldn’t be much longer.
The folks over at CyanogenMod are making huge strides in development just about every day. In the latest progress video from CM, you’ll see that multitouch, GPU acceleration and color rendering all work great. Just about the only thing that isn’t working on their latest port is WiFi. While the code and tutorial video from team TouchDroid will certainly give other developers a helping hand, CyanogenMod is expected to be first out of the gate with a fully functional build. And as for the bounty they’d win if they do release a build before anyone else? They want the entire sum donated to charity.
At the current rate development is progressing, a holiday season stable release is a very realistic expectation. If you’re a developer and would like to learn more about getting started on a port, a thread in the TouchDroid forums has the installation video embedded, as well as a healthy amount of information to look over. To see how far CyanogenMod is into development, check out the demo video below.