Remember when HP had that crazy TouchPad fire sale late last year and some users were lucky enough to get versions already running Android? It appears now that HP was actually testing its own custom builds of Gingerbread on the TouchPad, as indicated by a gesture today. RootzWiki reported that HP gave the CyanogenMod team some very useful information so they could continue work on building its CyanogenMod 9 port for the HP TouchPad. This will make the process much speedier for releasing a stable version of the port.
“HP supports the community and was kind enough to provide us with the Android kernel source and some other GPL components that they modified for the few Touchpads that were accidentally released running Android.”
The bundle of code that HP handed over sadly does not have Wi-Fi support for the tablet, but we are sure that it will not be long with some simple hacking. So, why would HP do such a thing? In related news, CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0.5 was released yesterday for the HP TouchPad.