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.