Still, people who bought it took a risk, since it’s not clear if HP will continue to develop the operating system. That risk may now pay off since the TouchPad could become the best-value Android tablet.
Three developers and other supporters have launched the TouchDroid project and plan to soon begin porting an older version of Android, known as Gingerbread, to the tablets.
The group is having to start its work with Gingerbread because Google has not released the source code for Honeycomb, the version of Android for tablets that first became available on the Motorola Xoom in February. Once Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android, becomes available, they’ll focus on that version of the OS, according to the wiki site.
The developers said there’s no way to know how long it will be before they can release a working version of Android for the tablet. “Figure this will take a good long while. Keep your expectations very low and for now enjoy WebOS,” the site says.
Further complicating the initiative, some of the developers don’t yet have TouchPads.
On Monday, HP said interest in the TouchPad was so high that it was having trouble keeping a website about the product online. “The amount of traffic to the TouchPad availability page is causing issues,” HP said via its main Twitter page.