Well that didn’t take long. Just five days after Sony’s unique Tablet P landed on American shores for the first time courtesy of AT&T, someone’s given it the Android Rite of Passage and rooted it. In a bit of a departure from the norm, it’s not coming from XDA or RootzWiki, but from a little site called Pocketables and a couple of users named “condi” and “BluechipJ’. It’s pretty simple as far as Android root processes go: connect via ADB, run a little custom code and you’re good to go.
The Tablet P is unique, a rare commodity in the tablet world these days. Its folding body contains two 1024×480 LCD screens that combine to make a roughly 11-inch viewing surface. Inside, the Tablet P is rather typical, with a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 3.2 Honeycomb, which Sony plans to update to Ice Cream Sandwich at some point. For the AT&T version the Tablet P adds an HSPA+ wireless connection.
While it’s always a good sign to see more hardware rooted and explored, it will be particularly interesting to see what modders can accomplish with the Tablet P’s dual-screen design. I’m hoping to see the somewhat obvious (though perhaps sacrilegious) addition of a Nintendo DS emulator, or perhaps a modification of the PlayStation app that allows dual, head-to-head splitscreen play. (I’m not a developer. This stuff may be impossible.) Get cracking, modders: today, CyanogenMod, tomorrow, the world!