Now this is a curious turn of events.
In a post titled "One of the guys at work went to Best Buy saturday to get an hp touchpad, it already had android on it", one person at Reddit is claiming to have gotten a Touchpad that runs Froyo (Android v2.2.1). It's supposed to have been bought at a BestBuy store as part of the clearance sale.
The TouchPad has QUIC in the boot screen, and that's a rather interesting detail. It stands for Qualcomm Innovation Center, and as you can probably guess that is one of Qualcomm's research centers. Checkout the video and you'll see it boot all the way into Android and you'll see the settings menu show that it's running Froyo.
I'm sorry, but the story doesn't really add up.
Did Qualcomm work on an Android port? Almost certainly. But how would a copy of the Android firmware get out of the research center and into the retail trade? That would require someone transferring the file to whatever factory assembled the TouchPad. Given that these things were assembled and had their firmwares flashed on an assembly line, how could it happen that just 1 TouchPad got the wrong firmware?
To be honest, I don't know how likely or unlikely this is. Does anyone care to hazard a guess?
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