There have been a flurry of efforts in recent days aimed at getting a workable version of Android up-and-running on the webOS-based HP TouchPad. The mission has been funded in part by modding community called HackNMod, which is hoping to give the tablet’s early adopters an operating system with a more certain future: Android.
It appears that the CyanogenMod team has finally made that happen. According to a public statement and accompanying video, the developers say they now have an alpha version of the CyanogenMod 7 firmware running on the TouchPad.
CyanogenMod is one of, if not the most popular aftermarket firmware for Android operating systems. It offers those willing to hack their phones an alternative to the stock system that shipped on their device, as well as several additional features. CyanogenMod 7 is the release based on the source code for Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
The video (see below) shows CyanogenMod running on the TouchPad as of last week, but the team says more progress has been made since that was filmed. As of today, the build offers more tablet tweaks, includes LVM support (for managing storage), and will include 2D hardware acceleration “soon.”
The team also says its ultimate goal is to create a multi-boot solution where the end user could choose to boot into webOS, CyanogenMod or another operating system. But as of right now, the developers are in search of more tablets, they say, to aid in their development efforts.
Notably, the letter states that the CyanogenMod team is not interested in the above-mentioned bounty offered by HackNMod and others – they say only that they are “motivated to do it right, not do it fast.” Still, that $2,000 bounty could buy a few more TouchPads, couldn’t it?