The bounty for any developer who manages to port Android to the TouchPad is growing, reaching more than $2,100 (£1,285), just as one effort to execute the port struggles to get off the ground.
Hack n Mod, a website about hacking and modifying game consoles and other electronics, began offering cash rewards to developers who could port all or parts of Android to the TouchPad. Advertisers and Hack n Mod are putting up the cash.
The total possible reward initially was $1,500, with rewards broken up based on functionality. For instance, a basic Android port currently gets $950 and one including Wi-Fi capabilities adds another $350.
But the website is now allowing individuals to donate to the reward. With those contributions, the total possible award is now up to $2,150.
Interest in running Android on the TouchPad has grown popular since HP announced last week that it would stop making the tablets. It subsequently dropped the price to £89.
While webOS, the operating system running the TouchPad, has been widely praised, some buyers may worry that HP won't continue to support it. Loading Android onto a TouchPad makes it one of the best value Android tablets available.
One group of developers working on the port generated a lot of buzz initially, but some internal disputes may be slowing the project down. While a wiki page and forum about the TouchDroid project are still up, a website related to it is no longer accessible and the related HPTouchDroid Twitter account appears to have been deleted.
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