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If you didn't catch word of the TouchPad fire sale, chances are you didn't turn on your computer this weekend. Every tech nut, and everyone who's been waiting for the perfect moment to buy a tablet, left their houses in a mad rush Saturday morning to pick up HP's discontinued and heavily discounted webOS tablet. The TouchPad was slashed from the already-lowered $399 (16GB) and $499 (32GB) to a mere $99 and $149, respectively.

Those who picked them up were likely just looking for a wallet-friendly way to casually browse the Internet from the couch or an electronic day planner. A large portion of buyers were also thinking ahead for the holidays, buying up a few to give to their children as an awesome Christmas gift that they wouldn't normally get. The remainder would have been webOS fans who were holding out for the right moment, hoping the TouchPad would eventually be discounted even more. Luckily, they were right and hopefully they got their wanting hands on one.

But someone had to ask, “Will it run Android?” People have, I'm sure, tried to get Android to work on webOS hardware before, and vice versa. But when Android fanatics realized that this was a possibility, they quickly joined the masses and likely swept up the straggling TouchPads faster than anyone else. Now, according to TechCrunch, there is a $1,500 bounty from modding community, HackNMod, for a working Android port to the TouchPad.

This is a perfect example of a phenomenon I simply cannot explain. Why do people always feel the need to have Android run on ... everything? I've ran several Android ports on things such as Windows Mobile devices and the Nook Color (though it already ships with a dumbed-down version of Android) and it just doesn't run nearly as fluid on hardware it was not intended to be on. Maybe it's just the excitement of a constant challenge in making it work or someone's dream to have Android run the world. Either way, I've never fully understood it.

In the case of the TouchPad, however, it's pretty obvious. For the price, there is nothing out there that compares, so why not? The specifications are as good, if not better, than most Android tablets with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 1.3-megapixel shooter and 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage. And HP's webOS platform is fluid, beautiful and great at multitasking, but application support is a major caveat. Tablets are already questioned in their functionality and without a strong application base, their usefulness is pretty hard to defend. Creating a quality Android port on the TouchPad would effectively mean that buyers spent $150 (at most) and have a solid Honeycomb device and thousands of applications to play with.

As per usual when it comes to software ports, I'm a bit skeptical of what will come of the Android on the TouchPad. Will it run smoothly, without hiccups? It's possible, but it may take time – more time than most are willing to wait. Nonetheless, I will likely try running Android on the TouchPad, so long as I can revert back to webOS with ease. I love webOS and I don't need any more Android tablets. I would simply like to see what they can make of it.

What about you, tablet lovers? Did you buy a TouchPad this weekend? Was it in hopes of an Android port or because you love webOS? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section!

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Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel COZ ANDROID IS DARN GOOD!
Meme LaShae
Meme LaShae Because its has more upgraded technolgy that everyone is excited abou all of the apps and cool things you can do with them pretty doin labtops and computers are gonna be our dated.
Phillip Walker
Phillip Walker Because Android actually works?
Brian Stofers
Brian Stofers Almost had one untill Barnes and Noble decided not to give them out
Frank Porter
Frank Porter @Darryl Mouzone An OS is only as great as the individual thinks it is. It's just an opinion. Maybe you disagree with the slew of Android fans on here but that's just too bad if you're in the minority. You're free to speak up and defend the OS of your choice. No one's stopping you. I will say though that in order for people to make these statements about which OS is better, they ought to try the others at least once for themselves, rather than going by what they've read or seen on youtube. Putting all that aside, that isn't even the topic of this post. The topic at hand is the moronic question posted by Taylor Martin about why so many people in his words "feel the need to put Android on everything?" I for one think this and pretty much all of his other articles are about as thought provoking as deciding what shirt to wear the next day or what cereatl to eat, but whatever.
Byktor Urvaes
Byktor Urvaes Because android just work
Erman Guido
Erman Guido because it's the best!!!
Danielle Elaine Tripp
Danielle Elaine Tripp Cuz it has the most apps I wouldn't say its the best tho
Teron Facey
Teron Facey My only dislike is they intergraded everything with itunes. Also if you own the phone why should Apple tell from you what you can put on your phone or not.
Nick Hurd
Nick Hurd Because its the best os! Duh
Ernest Marvin Esteban
Ernest Marvin Esteban Cause android is the best OS... Freedom and customizations ftw!
Enrique Berrios
Enrique Berrios Because it's awesome
Nawf Side
Nawf Side Android is aight? Not the best are the smoothest OS! IMO , webOS dual boot :)
Nick Jeffers
Nick Jeffers Because its fucking awesome...
Joseph Pupello
Joseph Pupello All I know is that I can't wait for Windows Phone Metro UI to come to tablets.
Mandel McGuire
Mandel McGuire I just hope Google don't start letting quality slip, just 'cause their quantity has grown.
David Brand
David Brand Android is the best, those saying its not are blind to reality. Every iteration improves on previous ones, ice cream sandwich will be the death blow to blackberry in the least, apple will rot soon thereafter..wp7 who ??
Anthony Peña
Anthony Peña Android is like Bacon it goes with everthing.
Jose Pablo Islas
Jose Pablo Islas Because its awesome
Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez The best ....and it keeps getting better
Gary Brown
Gary Brown Android. It speaks for itself.
Jamil Oquendo
Jamil Oquendo Because it's free which makes the phones easy to afford. Since the os is free, the hardware companies can use extra resources to bolster the phones and make them more powerful yet keeping the price low.
Derick Williams
Derick Williams Ok, look I am not trying to bash anyone's opinion. However, as an avid fan of android I am really tired of this mentality. Phonedog bashes android albeit in a subtle fashion any chance they get, then wonder why people go crazy over it. I don't like iphone, but I can understand why others do. I don't like windows mobile 7, but I can understand why other people do. I am sick and tired of hearing the term "fanboy" tauted at me every chance people get, just because I have a strong preference for what suits me best. As far as flexible operating systems go, Android is light weight and it is strongly influenced by linux. I'm just tired of people instantly talking about how "android isn't the best blah blh blah" and totally overlooking it's strengths and the fact that like it or not, it is a major player for a lot of good valid reasons.
Walter Perez
Walter Perez Cause it's cheap looking and easy for morons to use. And the planet is full of more than it's share of morons...I'll stick to my cup and string...thanks
Darryl Mouzone
Darryl Mouzone Way too many fanboys on here. Open your minds you weak minded people. Android isn't everything. It's not the best and I know because I have an Android phone. Be honest instead of basing your comments on fanboyism. No OS is the best. They all have their positives and negatives.
Adrian Salazar Jr.
Adrian Salazar Jr. Or a Windows phone 7 with Android as the wp7 sucks as well
Tim Fuhrmann
Tim Fuhrmann Because everyone has to be like the next guy. Seriously, every other phone is android. Its like follow the leader when it come to android.
Jeremy Rothgeb
Jeremy Rothgeb It is more people friendly and you can personalize it a lot easier and let's face easy is the American dream!
Adrian Salazar Jr.
Adrian Salazar Jr. I'm looking for an iPhone with Android on it as ios suck
Wyatt Slate
Wyatt Slate Because its better than every other mobile OS.
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio
Brent Legendre
Brent Legendre Apple passed Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in the world. Do the really care what anyone else is doing? They continue to do thier own thing and dominate, everyone else just follows like sheep. Sorry Android.
Anthony V Cannata
Anthony V Cannata Because Android is the BEST!
Michael Chapman
Michael Chapman Because we all finally have something as good as windows and we all want to tell Bill Gates to go f himself.
Jake Gross
Jake Gross Screw that, put a bird on it.
Angel Miguel Peguero
Angel Miguel Peguero becauze is open
Brandon Salyer
Brandon Salyer And. I never suggested any other mobile OS was FOSS. LOL.
Brandon Salyer
Brandon Salyer @Dav M. Go look up the definition of Free Open Source Software. Android does not fit either definition. I'm not knocking Android. When the Nexus Prime comes out I'm on it. But let's not pretend it's something it's not.
Ric Ade
Ric Ade Coz its the best!
Joel Rivera
Joel Rivera Lies. I mean its not like I've been dreaming on having a black t shirt with the Android Guy on it, and blue jeans with green android lettering going down the right leg and shoe laces with tge android guy..... .......
Tim Miyashiro
Tim Miyashiro Because its the fucking best. What other explanation do you need?
Perro Rosello
Perro Rosello as much as i hate that there are so many devices running android, i dont mind this. Touch pad deserves a second chance and if HP isnt gonna show webOS love, then let the devs port Honeycomb so it can be the HD2 of the tablet world
Vashawn L Brown
Vashawn L Brown It's cool
Stuart James Baucum
Stuart James Baucum to heck with Android!! if only iOS and WP7 were as open-sourced as Android, we could put them on more devices and try to outdo Googledroid. in my opinion.....
Joel Gomez
Joel Gomez Its open source and its already supported by many developers therefore the eco system is very much established.
Teron Facey
Teron Facey @ Jordan I bought the phone as a birthday gift when I was in Buffalo at the Walden Galleria right before I moved.
Vlad Valentine McBride
Vlad Valentine McBride I was on my computer all weekend waiting to see it be back in stock and it never happened, wtf?
David Brewer
David Brewer I meant ha ha not GaGa lol
David Brewer
David Brewer Love it Gaga
Patrick Jones
Patrick Jones Cause its better than anything else
Allan Kuang
Allan Kuang Cause Android is just much more customizable
Rian Kapadia
Rian Kapadia It's the best.
Slim SoFly
Slim SoFly The HTC EVO 3d is the Shit !
Todd Tabern
Todd Tabern Because they like it?
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio I got Gingerbread on the Cliq even before Motorola released 2.2 Froyo. :P
Cyr Parlapiano
Cyr Parlapiano hd2 winmo 6.5 or cm7? its that simple. Overclock, remove bloat widgets droid pwns
Chris Hyson
Chris Hyson Because most people live off the government and on warefare . They have pimples and zits all over their faces and get outraged when someone pouts down their little green gay robot.
Jordan DeBarth
Jordan DeBarth @Teron you had a Cliq too?! Only thing that kept me on that phone was the developer community. Got a myTouch 3G Slide in about February for free and I think I might be buying an HTC Amaze when it comes out.
David McClellan
David McClellan @Brandon Slayer it is FREE and it is OPEN SOURCE just because a large corporation dictates the direction of the project doesn't change a thing. Most people that are hardcore into Android are changing the code and putting the OS on many different devices because they can. You cannot do that with WP7, iOS, or even webOS. If the previously mentioned operating systems were opensource, I can assure there would be a community porting them to other hardware platforms.
Teron Facey
Teron Facey @ David the phone fine I like the keyboard on both but they slacked making Verizon Droid their highest priority.
Frank Porter
Frank Porter @Dwight L Burton. Why such dumb questions every week? Ask Taylor that. Aaron and Sydney from phonedig are cool wuth me, but this knucklehead is friggin' anniying. If I coukd "like" ohonedig on here without having ti see his stupid crap, I woukd.
Samuel Claudio
Samuel Claudio Android is the best, also you could customize everything about it, to your liking and make it unique, not like every tablet.
Sumarth Mehta
Sumarth Mehta If you had a touchpad, you would understand. There are few useful free apps for touchpad. Even this movie player homebrew app wants activation.
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio @Nathan: Maybe you haven't dedicated enough time and effort to learn the Android operating system, thus your rant. I was an avid iOS user and jailbreaker back then, and when I tried stock Froyo I immediately fell in love with it. The customization potential is unparalleled among the mobile OS world.
Ty Johnson
Ty Johnson why people drink cereal with milk or cookies with milk? because it goes good together, look at the nook color!!touchpad was made for android get over it and stop hating if you dont want to port with android you dont have to.
Geoffrey P. Spicer
Geoffrey P. Spicer Beats Iphone
Simon Zeng
Simon Zeng well you see, webos doesn't supported. to have futureproof you should the operating system is supported, like honeycomb sorry for my english, i troll
Geoffrey P. Spicer
Geoffrey P. Spicer Cause they can.
Keith Ainsley
Keith Ainsley Dunno... Ever since I've installed HTC's Gingerbread update I want to throw the phone out the window! Waiting for November so I can get out of this thing.
Nathan Wright
Nathan Wright After having an atrix id rather NOT have Android. Its not for me. Wp7 is. I know you fandroids have so much trouble understanding everyone has an opinion and some people may have something other than android and be happy with it. Apple fanboys all over again just this time for android.
Jon Jerico Calanio
Jon Jerico Calanio Android is open-source and will most likely be supported by major dev communities for years, if not decades. Why not put Android on anything, to rid the consumers of their reliance on slow official updates?
Brandon Salyer
Brandon Salyer I like Android but don't pretend it's Free/OpenSource. Go look at the many FOSS projects and even Linux Distros. Community collaboration, open development, etc. Android is about as FOSS as Ubuntu. A 'open source' project dictated by a corporation.
Garrett Vincent
Garrett Vincent IOS is soo 2007. Were litterally seeing the pc vs mac argument played out again.
Mj Williams
Mj Williams for me its because of the medical programs on android. That's it. I don't really like droid so much
Paris Coke
Paris Coke if my girl ran android my world would improve
Gregg Borden
Gregg Borden pattern unlock. nuff said.
David Gonzales
David Gonzales Thnk u teron
Jonathan Rash
Jonathan Rash and if theres anyone thinking the iphone 5 will be awsome well i would'nt hold my breath apple will never make a device that would out beat android and apple will never win the battle if there are to scared to sue google lol
Teron Facey
Teron Facey @ David I would get rid of the Cliq 2. I had the original Cliq and hated Motorola for taking a year to roll out 2.1.
Nathan Wright
Nathan Wright Cause its free. They don't care if it sucks or not.
Jordan DeBarth
Jordan DeBarth Just give people the option. No idea why people are bringing iOS into this lol. If it was open-sourced, then that would be a completely different conversation. But it's not. That might be one of the reasons that people are porting Android to it but it's not the only one.
Brent Legendre
Brent Legendre Android reminds me of Windows 3.1
Fredrick TeSharka Perry
Fredrick TeSharka Perry Best OS to date. Complete customization
James LeBlanc
James LeBlanc People that say android is slow and laggy, you probably tried it on a sucky phone! Android's a great OS but it sure is on Shittyy phones! People who buy the iPhone, would you buy it if it didn't have the logo on it?? Do you jsut want to be trendy ? Lol, i don't care which one you chose, just don't think you're a better person beacuse of a damn smartphone OS.
Danny Spaide
Danny Spaide Android is the bestest, that's why!
David Gonzales
David Gonzales I dnt much abt fones. My moto cliq2 is better than the black berry 8330 that i had b4. Should i keep android or get an iphone? Im on a budget or maybe just a better fone than a moto cliq2 any suggestion are welcomed
Dwight L. Burton
Dwight L. Burton Phone dog seems to be looking for anything to write about. Why are people installing android on everything? It's free and open source and very robust. END OF DISCUSSION. Lol.
Peter M McDaniel
Peter M McDaniel What else would we put on it? Ubuntu would be cool but the touch interface is crap. Windows? not on an arm processor. I won't even start on iOS or OSx. so yeah lets put Android on it, get community support from the awesome likes of http://rootzwiki.com/, a maturing market, and a system the reinvented what it was to be open source. Turning obsolete objects into amazing products is what its all about.
Brandon Johnson
Brandon Johnson Its a pretty simple answer, they want it on everything so the only choice you'll have is of the outer shell. That equals a win for the os in some people's eyes. I like android and all but now there really isn't much difference between the phones anymore other than the skin overlays that seperate the manufacturers.
Nick Kathrein
Nick Kathrein Andriod is open source. If HP will support WebOS there really is no need. So many people have the touchpad now due to the loooooow price that they should have a large install base for developers. The hardware isn't as good as the tab 10.1 but as of today that doesn't matter. Get lots of quality apps out and they will sell.
Dre Ill
Dre Ill @ Zach. I've notice when Phonedog post a status about Android, you typically have something negative to say. Does it offend you that people love Android or the lack of attention other OS is getting?
Equaknox Knox
Equaknox Knox U can a whole lotta fun...Rooted..or NonRooted..so many ways to customize....hello...what can u do witj iphone...little app on the screen...hahahahah..no widgets..now deff gome screens...no other roms...c'mon maaaaaannnn..
Joanna Enrique Ramos
Joanna Enrique Ramos Android is the best!!!!!
Teron Facey
Teron Facey @ Zach I always hear you keep on saying that. I have use it and I have no issues.
Nick Kalman
Nick Kalman Cause you can have crappy OS on crappy hardware. Android sux. iPhone and WP7.5 a lot better options.
Brian Stofers
Brian Stofers Because the Web OS will not be supported anymore so mines of well put android on it.
Josh Sussman
Josh Sussman It's an awesome mobile operating system and also, why not? It turns a $100 tablet into one as good as any high end tablet, at least in the case of an HP TouchPad.
Zachary Rees
Zachary Rees cause its better
Howard Wilson II
Howard Wilson II Two words. Superior OS.
Frank Porter
Frank Porter Why not? Do you not realize how much chepar these things are compared to the price of a genuine Android tablet? Makes perfect sense to me. If I can purcahse a powerful tablet such as the TouchPad on the cheap, strip away the OS that hardly anybody liked, and replace it with an OS that I want and am successful, then that's friggin fantastic. There ya go Taylor.
Anthony Tyson
Anthony Tyson Because they can
Deniz Weinzierl
Deniz Weinzierl IOS is the best.
Jonathan Rash
Jonathan Rash anyone who says apple is the best is on drugs apple is nothing but crybaby thing there are number 1 lol




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