Remember the HP TouchPad? I do, since it was the beginning of the end for whatever was left of Palm and WebOS at the time. While WebOS still survives in LG’s plans and on its TVs, the Palm/HP hardware products are a thing of the past. However, today we spotted an interesting port and project, that brought Android 5.0 Lollipop to the TouchPad.
The product was discontinued in 2011 and we’ve seen many software tweaks and mods of the device since then. The product also got a price slash at $99 years ago, so that’s when HP sold millions of units to clear the stock. That’s why people are stuck with this device around the house and they can play with various software customizations on it. Developer flintman posted an early preview of the Evervolv 5.0 for the HP TouchPad on the XDA Developers forum and you can check it out below.
We’re dealing with a custom version of Android and the build included here is based on Lollipop. This is just a test run, so it’s pretty buggy, but it does include Android 5.0 security features, a fresh UI and other changes. Bluetooth works now, but the camera doesn’t and neither does the YouTube app. I’d say that the TouchPad is better off with KitKat, since I’m not sure it can take Lollipop now, but it’s nice to see that devs are trying to make it work.
To be honest, judging by the video it doesn’t even run that badly…