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Expand the capabilities of the HP Touchpad by giving it the power to run Android Apps in webOS.
Expand the capabilities of the HP Touchpad by giving it the power to run Android Apps in webOS.
750 backers pledged $45,533 to help bring this project to life.

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webOS - Amazing Operating system needs more apps!
The HP Touchpad was released to the market in 2011, and was simultaneously praised and criticized by both technology journalists and consumers. Over the following months many of the shortcomings were addressed, with the exception of one very significant issue – the selection of apps. Although the HP App Catalog contains thousands of apps available for purchase and free to download, a number of high profile apps were missing, and the premature cancellation by HP of webOS hardware production pretty much ensured that those apps would never be made available for webOS.

What about Dual-booting?
As a workaround, many Touchpad owners have resorted to installing Android on their devices, dual booting into Android when they wanted to access unavailable apps, then returning to webOS for its unique user interface, powerful multitasking features, and its impressive Synergy email client, which even now remains superior to those from iOS and Android.

Application Compatibility Layer -
 PIC is bringing you a Better SolutionToday however, PIC would like to announce the impending arrival of a better solution. You may have heard about Application Compatibility Layer, a groundbreaking technology from OpenMobile WorldWide that allows Android apps to be purchased, downloaded and run on non-Android devices. You may have heard that OpenMobile had been working on a version of this software for the HP Touchpad, and even seen a video of an early proof-of-concept version running in a webOS emulator. Due to all the disruption related to the cancellation, prolonged indecision, and eventual sale of webOS however, this project was mothballed and remained unfinished. But now, with your support and contributions, PIC is going to change that. We are currently working with OpenMobile to complete ACL for the HP Touchpad, and we would like to invite you, the webOS community, to partner with us in making this a reality. As you will see in the demonstration video that follows, ACL is NOT vaporware. We already have a proof of concept alpha version working on actual Touchpads, and have set an aggressive development schedule to take it through the beta process and make it available for consumers to purchase and download to their Touchpads by July 2013.

Our Fundraising Goal - $35,000 There’s a lot of work to be done, but together we have the technology, we have the engineers, we have the determination, and with the community’s backing we will have the funding to finally address the Touchpad’s “App Gap” and give its owners the total experience they’ve been waiting so long for. Our fundraising goal is $35,000, which will keep development at full speed so we can have this great application completed and rolled out to you in July. We’ll welcome any contribution, large and small – even if you don’t have a Touchpad we’re inviting you to contribute anyway to a project that is going to certainly breathe a lot of new life into our struggling platform. Should we surpass our funding goal, we will gladly invest in programs, development, and future updates. We are in the business of developing and promoting the webOS platform, and if you are a webOS fan, we definitely have something great in the pipeline coming up for you!

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Please use the Donate button above to send us money via Paypal, and use the "Add special instructions to the seller" option to tell us which available reward you would like to receive.

Stretch Goals!
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Thanks everyone! Click and contribute, and if you can’t contribute, spread the word around and share the campaign link like crazy! We’re really excited to be working on it, and are looking forward to great things for webOS, so let’s all pool our resources and make it happen together. Thanks from me, and on behalf of the dozens around the world who are part of the PIC team.

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Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we have to face is one that is common to many software projects. Software development is an intricate business, and ideas and approaches which look great on paper and on the whiteboard do not always work out the way one intends.

Fortunately however, this project is not starting from scratch. As shown in the video demonstration, a functional proof-of-concept alpha version has already been created and tested on actual HP Touchpads, and the tasks involved in completing the software and readying it for consumer use are well defined and clear. Furthermore, our plans include conducting a fairly extensive beta test aimed at uncovering hidden bugs and ensuring that maximum compatibility and performance is achieved.

As such, we are confident that the software will be completed as promised and we will be able to release the finished application to the market in July 2013.

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    Get a Limited Edition Phoenix T-shirt, a Phoenix Touchpad stand, a Phoenix LED flashlight keychain, a special custom made thank you postcard and your name listed as a project supporter on our website.

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    Double Down! Have two touchpads? No problem, get your license for them both and save some while doing it. Get 2 copies of the ACL and listed as a contributor on our website!

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    Get a copy of the ACL software when it is released on the market, a stylish Phoenix Touchscreen stylus/pen, Phoenix Touchpad stand, a Phoenix LED flashlight keychain, a special custom made thank you postcard and your name listed as a project supporter on our website.

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    Triple Crown! Set 'em all up with ACL. Get 3 copies of the ACL and listed as a contributor on our website!

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    Early Edition! Get your ACL while it’s hot, before they cool for the rest of the world to see. Receive your ACL and start enjoying a week early. To round out the package you’ll also receive your Phoenix Touchpad stand (message if you’d prefer the Phoenix LED flashlight), a Phoenix T-Shirt, a letter of unimaginable appreciation for supporting us making this project possible, and your name goes down in our hall of fame as project supporter on our website.

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    Early Edition Option B! Get two copies of ACL a week early. To round out the package you’ll also receive your Phoenix Touchpad stand (message if you’d prefer the Phoenix LED flashlight), a Phoenix T-Shirt, a letter of unimaginable appreciation for supporting us making this project possible, and your name goes down in our hall of fame as project supporter on our website.

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    Pre-Release Special!
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    Pre-Release Special! Get two copies of the ACL software 2 weeks before its official release, a Phoenix LED flashlight keychain, a special custom made thank you postcard and your name listed as a project supporter on our website.

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    Beta Tester! Be an Official Beta tester, and be a part of the development process by testing the Beta version of ACL before the software is finalized! Also get a Phoenix LED flashlight keychain, a special custom made thank you postcard and your name listed as a project supporter on our website.

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    Beta and Pre Release Pack!
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    Start from Scratch! Get a Brand New Touchpad already loaded up with the latest ACL, and 5 of your favorite apps. To round out the package you will also get the Phoenix LED flashlight, a Limited Edition Phoenix T-shirt, a letter of unimaginable appreciation for supporting us and making this project possible, and your name goes down in our hall of fame as project supporter on out website.

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    Start from Scratch! Get a Brand New 4G Touchpad already loaded up with the latest ACL, and 5 of your favorite apps. To round out the package you will also get an extra copy of ACL for your other Touchpad, the Phoenix LED flashlight, a Limited Edition Phoenix T-shirt, a letter of unimaginable appreciation for supporting us and making this project possible, and your name goes down in our hall of fame as project supporter on out website.

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    Developer’s Treasure! Join the Beta Test when we send you our Developer’s Touchpad +1 extra copy of ACL for the touchpad you may already own and a Touchstone to charge them. To show our gratitude to this Beta Tester you will be sent the completed ACL software to upgrade to, a Phoenix LED flashlight, a Limited Edition Phoenix T-shirt, a letter of unimaginable appreciation for supporting us making this project possible, and your name goes down in our hall of fame as project supporter on our website.

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    White-Out! Get a Brand New, Rare to Find, *WHITE* 64GB Touchpad already loaded up with the latest ACL, plus the Touchstone to charge it! To round out the package you will also get the Phoenix LED flashlight, a Limited Edition Phoenix T-shirt, a letter of unimaginable appreciation for supporting us making this project possible, and your name goes down in our hall of fame as project supporter on our website.

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    Dinner in NYC with the President of PIC and other members of the PIC team! Includes round trip airfare for one from anywhere in the continental USA and Canada, and a 2 night stay at a 5 star hotel.

    Also, 2 Limited Edition Phoenix T-shirts, a Phoenix LED flashlight keychain, a letter of appreciation for supporting us and making this project possible, and your name listed as a project supporter on our website.

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    Dinner and a Touchpad! Who needs shipping? Fly you to New York City for dinner with the President of PIC and other key members of the PIC team. Here we will gift to you a Brand New, Rare to Find, *WHITE* 64GB Touchpad already loaded up with the latest ACL, plus the Touchstone to charge it! Includes round trip airfare for one from anywhere in the continental USA and Canada, and a 2 night stay at a 5 star hotel. In addition to your new Touchpad, you will also receive a limited edition software gift pack and a personalized cd with ACL for the devices you already have. To round out the package you will also get the Phoenix LED flashlight, a Limited Edition Phoenix T-shirt, a letter of unimaginable appreciation for supporting us making this project possible, and your name goes down in our hall of fame as project supporter on our website.

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    Corporate Sponsorship!
    Interested in making a major contribution to the future of webOS? Want to show the webOS community you care?
    Nothing would earn you more love and respect than a public donation to put us over the top and ensure completion of a project that will be of great benefit to everyone!
    You/your company will receive:
    Video acknowledgment of your support, announcement of your support shouted loud and proud on our campaign page and sent to all backers and people following us and the campaign, thanks for your support in all upcoming articles, press releases, interviews we do, acknowledgment of your support in all the rewards we send out to our backers, and the thanks and gratitude of the entire webOS community!

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Funding period

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