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HP TouchPad Purchased at Best Buy Reportedly Runs Android Out of the Box

I’ll just start this off by saying, “be skeptical” as this is one of the more confusing situations we have encountered in quite some time.  As many of you know, the TouchPad and all WebOS products were given the axe last week by HP which lead to a firesale over the weekend.  If you were anywhere near Twitter on Friday and Saturday, then you likely saw the thousands of retweets and SlickDeals threads leading to $99 and $149 TouchPad deals – most of which were sold out in minutes.

The price drop also led to some developments on the Android front.  First, a team was formed with one goal:  bring Android to the TouchPad.  Following their announcement, a bounty of $1,500 was offered up to the first person that was able to actually make that team’s goal happen.  Fun, right?  Well, here is where it gets really tricky/confusing.  

The picture above and video below appeared yesterday on Reddit, from a user who apparently walked into a Best Buy to pick up a TouchPad and walked out with a device already running Android 2.2.  Now, droves of people have already claimed it to be completely fabricated and we tend to agree that the entire thing is incredibly odd and filmed in a way that makes us want to pimpslap all parties involved.  With that said though, there are some things we should point out.

First, the name “topaz” made its way into the build number.  Topaz just so happens to be the codename for the device.  Second, at bootup, you will see the QuIC logo which means Qualcomm Innovation Center, the same company who tossed a processor into the TouchPad.  And what should that mean to you?  Well, that there is a chance this device was used as a dev tool at Qualcomm’s Innovation Center and then somehow, some way, snuck into a box and then into a store to be sold.  Sounds like a stretch, I know.

To add to the story, the Reddit user who submitted this has been very cooperative with devs who are looking to get a hold of this device ASAP.

We should know in the next few days if this is legit or not.


Via:  Reddit, Notebook Italia, Android and Me

Cheers to everyone who sent this in!

  • Anonymous


  • Remixed386

    This is sooo fake… like look at the guys they acted like this was the 1st time turning it on by saying “it says ubuntu” then they are like “look at the android”….. this is sooo fake…. B.S. Sorry.

    • Drew Dennis

      Ouch…looks like it’s real. Maybe next time! http://an.droid-life.com/2011/08/25/hp-touchpad-running-froyo-receives-system-dump/

  • Mark

    Shakey, crazy camera and crazy camera angles usually means it’s BS

  • Joe

    It’s obvious,that while all of you were searching for Android version #’s ,build dates, etc.,and paying attention to “Shaky Jake” (the cameraman), no one seems to have noticed the burn marks on the hands of the guy who is actually handling this thing…..(the TouchPad)…..

    There’s only one thing this can possibly indicate— HP actually loaded the TouchPad with Android Build 2.2.1-   This is part of an original shipment that occurred way before the July 1st official release date…

    As to the burn marks on his hands, they are now almost all healed- too bad the original shipment of 67,000 units had gone up in the tractor-trailer explosion (gives new meaning to the term “hot goods”,or “fell off a truck”)  with the exception of about 700 units..”Talk about being in the right place at the right time” Those are the ones you can expect to see being sold on that “E-place”, or on various E-commerce sites over the next few days….

    Take a look at the HP symbol early on in the video-doesn’t it look like the back cover is warped (could it possibly be heat damage?)


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  • Nathan

    I call bullshit.  You never get a complete look at the device because the camera is never fully focus on the pad.  It’s running a video or they may have even switched pads.  I can’t see an obvious edit point in the video but I wouldn’t be surprised if one is there.

  • Anonymous

    So…anyone figure out if this is real yet?

  • Anonymous

    Here is another person who has android running on a touchpad out of the box.. What is going on here

  • Anonymous


  • I’m wondering how exactly the Touchpad button or whatever it’s called takes him back a page instead of home? I mean if it’s normal process is to go to the homescreen how does it go back?

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  • Anonymous
  • Its a FAKE. Topaz is a android port for the HTC Diamond and has the exact same build date. ( http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=509493 )

  • Its a FAKE. Topaz is a android port for the HTC Diamond and has the exact same build date. ( http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=509493 )

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  • Anonymous

    To those looking to snag one still or already gotten one, be sure to check us out at http://www.hptouchpadforums.net

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  • Bboyzala

    hmm kind of reminds of the androidx86 that you can install on a PC…..

  • Themrjustinjones

    that makes 2 mine is the same. this tablet sucks not worth $99 at all

  • Coleayres

    how does he go back when he accidently goes into the SD & Phone Storage section of the settings ? the camera gets all crazy . BS

  • Tyler Vallely

    look at his finger in the beginnig

  • Anonymous

    I got one. Should have gotten 2.

  • why would i want a tablet with 2.2….:P i wanted one of those touchpads for my wife but everywhere is sold out of the $99 one.

  • Teabling

    that version of android looks exactly like the PC port called Android-X86. same background and everything.


    • Anonymous

      totally. I ran the exact same os on my Dell Inspiron 1505. bunch bs-er’s

  • FortitudineVincimus

    When I look at that photo, it reminds me of that final scene in the movie Signs where they see the reflection of the alien in the TV screen

  • DJyoSNOW

    I’m things better enter the xda contest asap lol…

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I dont care that much

  • Legoturte92

    Err I still can’t find a store with one in stock.

  • Robert Santiago

    fake. Its a video playing and he is just running his hand over it making look like he is controlling it. This  is not      what the touchpad nor android needs. It needs dedicated developers. With nearly half a mill out there now this would be a big boom to android and this is just a distraction.

  • Show us ClockWorkMod on it and a nandroid, then I’ll believe it.

  • Anonymous

    This is probably a ploy by HP to sell the left over tablets…

    • Crabtree

      yeah……no ploy really needed dude. They have sold like hotcakes once they dropped the price to 99 and 149.

    • Judging from the numbers, they didn’t need any help in that department.

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  • Anonymous

    if this is real…im pumped. i just put in an order for a pad & got my confirmation email so im psyched. hopefully the awesome devs at xda and rootzwiki can get honeycomb on this bad boy eventually, maybe soon enough to save me from droppin a few hundred bones on the next transformer with the kal-el processor.
    who am i kidding though…no shot im NOT buying a quad core pad 😉

    • Anonymous

      where did you order one from?

      • Anonymous

        i got from insight.com, i managed to sneak my order in there this morning before they sold out/ddos’ed again like they did last night

  • Crabtree

    I call B.S.

  • Hmm, looks like the same one from this article yesterday: http://m.androidcentral.com/and-winner-1500-bounty-android-touchpad-qualcomm

  • I just don’t believe this.  It is too good to be true. I hope it is true because it would make future builds much easier but it just seems wrong.  Best buy is known for once and a while selling opened items as new that contain rocks or something but a different OS? 

  • Rick

    Possible some devs over at Qualcomm is featured in the video. Which their touchpad starts to boot with Ubuntu the the camera pans away then you see Qulc then android unlock screen.

    Now, I am more excited about tomorrow with someone releasing a video with the touchpad running Gingerbread. 

  • Bobo

    I call video… he started the video when he flipped it over to show the HP logo… well orchestrated!

    • This is the idea I had too.  I suppose with some practice you could get the swiping motions down so it would look real.

  • Anonymous

    So does he get the $1500???

  • Anonymous

    The dude with the camera needs to switch to decaf 

  • Anonymous

    So perhaps some Android developer bought a touch pad, loaded up Android on it and returned it to the store, where by this person bought the open item?  Thats the only way I can think this would happen.  Makes you not want to buy open items from Best Buy if they don’t even check to see if the product has been tampered with before reselling.

    • But nobody has managed to get Android working on it yet…

  • Need a backup of that so that we can flash right away!

  • Anonymous

    It spent some time here in the jungles, our shamans know ancient medicines that can run android on other devices

  • This is……Crazy?

  • Kianjudah