August 8, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The Augen Gentouch tablet has been unavailable to all but a handful of customers who arrived early enough to purchase one at Kmart. Those folks are holding an even more unique product because the next production run of Gentouch devices will not include Google-owned apps or the Android Market.
Augen has made a statement confirming that it did not have the license to distribute products with Android staples like Google Maps, Gmail, and the Android Market. The company claims that these apps were put on pre-production models of Gentouch and “unintentionally” distributed on the few devices that have actually made it onto Kmart shelves.
A few Gentouch owners have reported that they can browse the Android Market on the device, but are unable to download apps. That won’t matter much longer as the next wave of Gentouch tablets will not include the Market at all, or any other Google Mobile app. However, Augen promises that it has a new line of products that it hopes to launch that will include these apps, provided they can work out a deal with Google.
Anyone still willing to shell out $150 for this?
Here’s a highlight from the announcement; read it in full at LaptopMag.com.
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, 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.
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.