It. Won’t. Die. While the HTC HD2 made for a terrific developer trick pony, it seems that the HP TouchPad has it beat. It’s an odd sight to witness as we’re getting word that Lenovo may plan on pushing Android Marshmallow on some of its devices Indian in a whole year’s time.
It’s the work of devoted devs, unpaid for side projects like these, to really pull up something interesting like porting Android Marshmallow onto the HP TouchPad, a 2011 tablet that originally ran webOS. It’s been a Cyanogenmod bastion as well as an Android ROM one for tinkerers.
But seriously, they’ve outdone themselves this time.
Mind you, it’s an early alpha build that’s filled with dead ends and flaws, but XDA user flintman — who’s heavily involved with the community around the Evervolv AOSP — did put up a Marshmallow ROM for the HP TouchPad on November 1. That’s 26 days since the official final build of 6.0.
One fitting dichotomy in a dev’s universe? Wi-Fi works well enough for Chromecast mirroring support while Bluetooth is borked.
The track to a more stable build is always iffy because developers’ attention spans are always catching up with new pieces of software all the time, but let’s see if things get ironed out sooner than the OEMs can do the same for their devices.
In the meantime, bask in the glow of a four-year-old device running software it was never intended to run.