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Kmart Android Tablet Using Unauthorized Google Apps

By Elijah K. Writer TDG Online
In the world of Android one of the biggest topics swarming around is Android tablets. Kmart is going for the gold here introducing their, at this point, store-exclusive tablet. This tablet is the GenTouch78 by Augen Electronics—a $150 tablet running Android 2.1 on an 800 MHz processor.
This tablet has the usual: Wi-Fi, video and music support, eBook support, etc. However,
this tablet has something else. The GenTouch78 has the Google Mobile Services Application
Suite, which means, it has the standard Google apps like Gmail and the Android Market. The
only problem with that is that Google has to authorize the ability to put their apps on your
device. This is where GenTouch creators went wrong. The GenTouch78 has these apps
included, and Google did not authorize the use of them on the device. Evidently, the Google apps were only put on the device to test it, and weren’t meant to be shipped with the device. Augen Electronics Corp CEO Gary Gofman stated that it was a misunderstanding by Augen and that they had worked it out with Google.
“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.”
Augen Electronics and Google agreed that nothing could be done about the already shipped or
produced products, but the Google apps would not be included on the GenTouch78 until further notice.
The Android Marketplace was reportedly non-functional on the device anyway, as is the case on any
other Android tablet.