HP looking into TouchPads supposedly shipped with Android, has no explanation for how it happened
You might recall several weeks back when at least one HP TouchPad was shipped to a customer running a Qualcomm-derived build of Android instead of the expected webOS 3.0. HP’s remained mum on the matter, and we’ve been more than a little confused by it. Responding to a request for the Android source code to be released (a reasonable request, given the open source nature of Android (at its core)), HP admitted that they don’t know how that happened, and are looking into it:
As for the Touchpad units that have been allegedly purchased with a version of Android on them, we have begun an internal investigation on this within HP. We have confirmed that HP never authorized the distribution of any version of Android on the HP Touchpad. In addition, from a review of our manufacturing process, we believe that all Touchpad units have been shipped out of manufacturing with the webOS operating system only, and that no Touchpad units were shipped with Android, even by mistake. Hence, we presently believe that some person or persons unknown may have facilitated the delivery of these Android-based units strictly against the policy and authorization of HP.
So if the TouchPad didn’t come from the factory with Android on it, what happened? Our guess is that HP was likely testing Android on the TouchPad internally (where else would a TouchPad-enabled Android build have come from?) and a device loaded with Android was somehow returned to the customer-destined inventory. The question we have to ask then is what was HP doing with Android on a TouchPad in the first place?