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Hack N Mod is offering different reward prices for different tasks associated with the HP TouchPad

Hewlett-Packard announced last week that it is getting rid of its webOS platform, and with that comes the responsibility of unloading all of its remaining TouchPad inventory.

After the announcement on August 18, HP gave its sales partners like Best Buy Comp., Inc., and Staples, Inc. a case payout for the tablets which will allow them to either use the cash to sell the stock at reduced sale prices or return them to HP (though some partners were instructed to sell the TouchPad instead of returning it).

To encourage sales of the TouchPad, HP sent a memo to its affiliates stating that the cost of the tablet would be reduced to its lowest price ever starting Saturday, August 20. The 16GB TouchPad dropped to $99 while the 32GB TouchPad dropped to $149.

These price reductions sparked a frenzy of TouchPad sales over the weekend. But some key issues with owning the TouchPad is that the operating system will likely not see much future work after being dumped by HP, and the app catalog will not see many new titles for the same reason.

Now, with the tablet becoming more popular and widely used, many have expressed interest in an Android Port. To make this a reality, Hack N Mod is holding a contest for Dev teams to develop an Android Port for the HP TouchPad.

Hack N Mod is offering a total of $1500, but have split the money up in sections according to the task. The rewards for each development task is as follows: Android Port for $450, Wi-Fi for $350, Audio for $300, Camera for $300 and MultiTouch for $100.

"Complete one (or several) of the tasks above and let the world know!" said Hack N Mod. "Post your source code on GitHub and paste links to your pictures and videos in the comments below (or email us). All work must be documented under an open source license. The first person or group to successfully complete a fully functional task above wins the corresponding prize. The only condition is that your port must have a user-friendly installation process (such that the average user can easily install it)."

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By kchase731 on 8/23/2011 4:51:00 PM , Rating: 5
Seems like the bounty should be the other way around. Pay the first dev team to figure out how to run (emulate) android apps in webOS. I bet HP moved 2million + touchpads in the last several days, that has to make it one of the most popular tablets on the market. with a little bit of app support (android emu apps even) webOS on a tablet could be a hit.

RE: webOS
By luv2liv on 8/23/2011 5:11:44 PM , Rating: 2
webos is rock solid for me so far. all we need are those apps from android or even!

RE: webOS
By tviceman on 8/23/2011 5:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
crap I think I accidentally voted you down when I meant to vote you up. Sorry. :(

RE: webOS
By Samus on 8/23/2011 6:17:07 PM , Rating: 2
I love my Touchpad. I'm considering getting a Veer now! I totally missed the Pre party (pun intended) when it launched in 2009 and hadn't even touched WebOS until Saturday.

RE: webOS
By WinstonSmith on 8/23/2011 7:25:30 PM , Rating: 2
Not 2 million, "only" about 300K before the selloff:

"...$100M USD worth of unsold HP TouchPad tablets. At $400, that works out to 250,000 unsold units, but some speculate that HP may be taking a smaller per-unit write-off, which could indicate an unsold total as high as 300,000 units."

RE: webOS
By kchase731 on 8/23/2011 11:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
i read that HP sold 350k. that wasnt including all the other vendors (those were already sold to the vendor and off HP's books). Barnes and noble is said to have gone through 17k, and there are a ton of other vendors like best buy, wallmart, target that are all said to have had "similar" nation wide inventories. so when you add all that up its going to be a lot.

there is also rumor/speculation that HP may have as many as 200k more that they get back and then sell from so im not sure if we will ever know the number. but it seems like its 1m+ and when you factor in world wide sales. the number is big.

Why Bring Android?
By ICBM on 8/23/2011 6:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, Palm/HP hardware has never been bleeding on for performance, but they were adequate. The whole point of the Touchpad is it runs WebOS, so why put Android other than for fun and apps(if you "need" them).

I have had my Touchpad since launch, and while not perfect it does everything I could possibly need, and with the beauty of the card system. I still think tablets are fluff and not really needed, but I bought a Touchpad specifically for WebOS. The only downloaded app I use is the Kindle app. Frankly there isn't much need for anything else.

The biggest problem I can see is keeping software(flash) up to date.

RE: Why Bring Android?
By kleinma on 8/23/2011 9:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
Because what your touchpad does today, is all it will do tomorrow. As web standards change and HTML5 becomes more common, your WebOS tablet will start to deteriorate in terms of usability. HP can/will/has shut down services that will make webOS do less than what it does now.

Having an alternative OS that is still supported is good for everyone.

RE: Why Bring Android?
By RjBass on 8/23/2011 11:09:06 PM , Rating: 3
I keep seeing the "as HTML5 becomes more common" comment, and I keep waiting for it. Thus far I am still seeing way way more Flash then HTML5. iProducts from Apple are the only devices that can't use Flash and in the grand scope of things, that is a small number of devices. While I like HTML5, I am not holding my breath anymore for it. I will keep getting non iProducts until Flash is gone, and I doubt that is happening anytime in the next 5 to 10 years.

RE: Why Bring Android?
By ICBM on 8/24/2011 10:58:11 AM , Rating: 2
I realize upkeep of WebOS will make it less usable as we go forward but how far can you go with the current software on WebOS? Probably far enough that when most things stop working properly, it will be time for an upgraded tablet anyways.

Does Qualcomm get the prize?
By Mitch101 on 8/23/2011 10:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
Qualcomm already had Android running on the TouchPad

RE: Does Qualcomm get the prize?
By Mitch101 on 8/23/2011 10:41:25 PM , Rating: 2
Turn off Logging and the HP touchpad gets fast.

How to improve the performance of your new HP TouchPad
Once these three homebrew patches are applied, and no problem is created when you do, the TouchPad becomes as fast as any tablet on the market based on my real-world experience.

Follow through to overclocking the touchpad from 1.2ghz to 1.7ghz

1500 ??
By KOOLTIME on 8/24/2011 7:46:14 PM , Rating: 2
Why would i want to sell my hacked android ported tablet idea so some hack site for only 1500 bucks lol. When its easily worth alot more zeros then that for the tech behind its workings to do such a event.

This is a late tablet
By Tony Swash on 8/23/11, Rating: -1
RE: This is a late tablet
By Samus on 8/23/2011 6:22:18 PM , Rating: 4
That was stupid. I demand my time back.

RE: This is a late tablet
By ProZach on 8/23/2011 6:43:49 PM , Rating: 2
"-e f***ing snuffed it, Tosh!

The parrot skit was always stupid, it was only funny when it was hammed up in live performances with overacting and curses.

RE: This is a late tablet
By Tony Swash on 8/23/11, Rating: 0
RE: This is a late tablet
By vazili on 8/23/2011 10:30:16 PM , Rating: 2
No, this is abuse!

RE: This is a late tablet
By Tony Swash on 8/24/11, Rating: 0
RE: This is a late tablet
By Bostlabs on 8/24/2011 11:09:35 AM , Rating: 2

Classic Python!
(Replace webOS HP Touchpad with Parrot and Best Buy with Pet Shop)

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser
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