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Remember that $150 Android tablet from Augen, according to Google it is running a pirated version

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Well look what we have here, it seems as if that $150 Android tablet from Augen that made a splash when it appeared in a Kmart circular is not entirely on the up and up. According to Google, Augen has used a pirated version of Android. What, isn’t Android open source and free for anyone and everyone to use? Well, sort of. The operating system itself is open source, however there are some goodies included by Google that are not. Namely the real goodies such as the access to the Android Market. According to Google;

“Augen included proprietary Google software in their product via an unauthorized vendor. Google only licenses its software to partners and OHA [Open Handset Alliance] members directly”

I guess Augen has some explaining to do. In the meantime, the Augen78 Android tablet is not likely to be available at your local Kmart in the meantime.

Read [Laptop Mag] Via [GottaBeMobile]

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  • Mike

    Kmart blog comment: Florida- August 07, 2010 – Augen Electronics Corp., an innovator of tablet pc’s, netbooks, and eReaders, would like to deliver the following statement to address the circulating media gossip regarding Augen’s preloaded apps. On July, 29 2010 Augen had a constructive conversation with Google Inc The topic of the discussion was Google’s Application Suite. As you know The topic of the discussion was Google’s Application Suite. As you know Google Inc. has released the source code for the entire Android platform under the flexible and commercial-friendly Apache 2.0 open source license. Augen is free to use that open source code; however, the suite of applications comprising Google Mobile Services on Android are proprietary to Google and have not been released under open source licenses. The Google Mobile Service and Android Apps were pre installed during the development process on our tablets for testing purposes, and were not removed unintentionally before releasing the products in the market place. purposes, and were not removed unintentionally before releasing the products in the market place. Google and Augen came to a mutual understanding that the Google Mobile Services Application Suite pre-installed on the GENTOUCH/ GENBOOK Series; could not be removed due to technological constraints for the products that were sold, shipped, or already produced. produced For future production runs and deliveries, Augen will block and remove the Google Mobile Services Application Suite from the current devices until further notice. We are currently in communication with Google Inc to obtain the required licensing for upcoming products, and will announce in our future statements the timelines and availability of these products as it will become available to us. However, for your convenience Augen will add applications to accommodate the absence of the Google Mobile Services Application Suite. these products as it will become available to us. However, for your convenience Augen will add applications to accommodate the absence of the Google Mobile Services Application Suite. convenience Augen will add applications to accommodate the absence of the Google Mobile Services Application Suite. of the Google Mobile Services Application Suite OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU… The future of Augen holds a key to develop market conscious products with a vision of delivering the latest and emerging technologies, being available and affordable to every household, big/small corporation in the United States of America and worldwide. We are at the final stages of releasing an entire new line of products which incorporates the newest technology and concepts, that will make a difference in your every day lives. We encourage you our Gen Nation, to follow the exciting products that Augen will be unveiling in the very near future. We are here to put the world at your fingertips and take you beyond the realm of the market that exists today, bringing you with us into a new era of open world communication and computing. We are a US based company and understand and incorporate your wishes, desires, and requirements in our company’s DNA. We are here for you and are looking for your continued support, and excitement in our current and future releases.

    Gary Gofman CEO Augen Electronics Corp