It will happen.
This seems like a no-brainer for the staff at the Powerbase. Between the release of the Touchpad, and the Firesale 6 weeks later that killed it, developers started working a port of Android for the device. Honeycomb was an obvious choice for this machine, but since Google had not released the source-code for it, for whatever reason, it never became a reality.
The iconic Cyanogen Mod is, however, available and while not a perfect fit (a terrible fit honestly), it does open up the device to a world of useful applications.
WebOS, despite what you might think you know about it, is wonderful. Being an original Pre owner, I have certainly had some time with it and to see it start to mature, only to die at such a young age has been depressing to experience. Regardless, you fight progress and this is still amicable hardware that deserves a modern experience! With Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich requiring no hardware buttons for normal operation, these iterations seem as if they were destined for this device.
So, who will get there first? I am expecting to see something cooked up and demonstrated on Youtube within the next couple of days. Right now, I predict that there is a silent race going on and there will be an incomplete build of Ice Cream Sandwich for us all to ooh and aah at just in time for lunch on Monday afternoon. But who will do it right?
Cyanogen Mod. If there is any doubt in your mind that you can have a working Ice Cream Sandwich build on your Touchpad, think again. Cyanogen Mod does not fail and I am willing to buy you a beer if I am wrong come January.
In the meantime, enjoy your final days with WebOS and wait to flash until Android 4.0 CM9 is available. It really was great. I will miss it. There needn’t be any worry however, now that Google has Matias Duarte. Thank your lucky stars that he didn’t join another fledgling company and you will be able to enjoy his vision.