Sep 09 AT 3:12 PM Dustin Earley 17 Comments

Team TouchDroid disbands; posts installation tutorial for developers

HP Touchpad Android

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.

Source: AndroidCentral

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Clark Wimberly

    Ha, what a mess this turned out to be.

  • heeros

    I’m soo happy that I’m a skeptic, and thus did not donate when promises started popping up.

    Also, I <3 Cyanogenmod.

  • CM Hater

    AAANNNNDDDD Team Douche bullies again…CM has kanged soooooo much stuff without giving credit but as soon as some of their code is taken…they turn into big babies. The problem is, nobody ever calls them on it b/c they’re on that CM teet. Developers need to grow some balls and show the world that CM does not actually do everything first, they’re just really good at stealing and/or coercing.

    • SliestDragon

      CM Hater, you sure are a CM Hater…

      • Lekz

        inb4 rhcp in disguise :v

    • Dr.Jeckyl

      Do you have proof of this? Link? Chat log? Tweet? Anything? Seriously. I’d like to see where this hate comes from.

      • 420speedwagon

        im interested as well

  • Slith

    I heard rumblings of all this, but CM will get it done.

  • SliestDragon

    Saw this coming. Glad people like this won’t be getting the bounty. Can’t wait for CM on my touchpad! :D

  • Trey

    @CM Hater Android is open source. In open source development, everyone is stealing everyone’s code, but they also contribute to making it better. Cyanogen Mod is popular because they always provide the best product and continuously work at making it better. They are committed to the quality in their builds and this is why they are the number 1 ROM of choice. All this fussing about credits, but I have not heard anyone crediting Linus Torvalds. Without him, none of this would be possible. How about everytime we demo something we helped contribute to, we give credit to the entire open source community. That’s who truly deserves the credit.

  • CTown

    Doesn’t CM7 contain a few tweaks that help a Gingerbread build work more fluently on a tablet? I believe CM7 for the Nook Color contains these same small tweaks.

    • heeros

      Yep, I assume you’ll see that on any cm 7 rom (I see the “Tablet tweaks” under Cyanogenmod settings on my G2).

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Sucks, but I think things went better than expected. Can’t wait to see Android on the TouchPad.

  • Interpol91

    It sucks but at least the Android port hasn’t stopped. Crazy how things went down though for Team TouchDroid.

  • Stella

    Drama aside, I’m glad to see the Android on TouchPad project is still a go.

  • through_borrowed_eyes

    Most out there think it will be the HTC Bliss and little else. Another targeted phone that will probably fail like that stupid “Facebook Phone”.

  • thechad

    good article thanks