Augen GenTouch78 Android Tablet : Android Market addition was ‘overlooked’

Shortly after we heard that Kmart’s $150 Android tablet, the Augen GenTouch78 was running a  pirated version of Android OS, the company has come out and said that the addition of the app was “overlooked,” and was not meant to ship with it installed.

The issue at stake is that the Augen Android tablet shipped with the Android Market app, but offered read-only access to the Android app store. Augen did not have the licenses to add in the Android Market, or any Google apps, as they are not a part of the Open Handset Alliance, and who knows if they will get into the OHA after this little mess they’ve made for themselves.

Augen CEO Gary Gofmanhad this to say on the subject,

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. For future production runs and deliveries, Augen will block and remove the Google Mobile Services Application Suite from the current devices until further notice.

So once the GenTouch78, and the company’s upcoming products hit the shelves, don’t expect to see any Google apps, including the Android Market, pre-installed. To get around the can’t-install-apps problem, Augen has provided some patches to give the users the option to install applications either through the command line, using  Android Debug Bridge (ADB), or from the SD card. So at least there is a way to get applications on the tablet, but obviously it’s not nearly as easy as downloading and installing apps through the Android Market. Nevermind that the Android Market could use a nice overhaul, it’s still better than nothing.

I hope Augen and Google get everything ironed out at some point, as it would be nice to have the Market on this tablet. For the most part, your Google services can be accessed through the Google Mobile site, but there’s nothing like a native application for something you’ll likely use pretty often.

[Via: GadgetTell]

  • aac

    what are horrible attempt of tablet pc.
    I had the tablet for exactly 6 hours and returned it.
    don't buy it. don't waste your money..
    right of the box was buggy..
    terrible touch screen.
    if it had a accelerometer it never worked.
    applied the update from their site.
    and bricked it…
    it was done with it…
    save the money and let's wait for something of better quality.
    no wonder Kmart had it…
    you get what you paid for.

    the worse.. there is no support… there is a site.. with information but for nothing..

  • jeremy b

    would you be able to even install messengers on this besides skype

  • Scott-e

    I was going to buy one and obtained a rain check . My local K-mart has never received any. Android 2.2 is so close for release for tablet use I've decided to wait and yes, I know I'll pay more but it'll be worth it.

  • Trust me

    The gentouch 78 is a fabulous device — after you apply several patches, updates and hacks. Do your research. There is an update coming soon, but they temporarily released a patch that allows screen calibration which makes a HUGE difference. There is a hack for the MARKET. There is a method for ROOTING the gentouch. And a froyo cyan mod is in the works. My biggest complaint is I don't have flash on the built in browser, but I just RDP to one of my "drones" on my wireless network and surf the web for flash sites. I suspect it's only a matter of time before flash is hacked onto the gentouch.
    The bottom line is if you're a complete noob, buy an ipad. If you can spend a few hours researching websites, downloading apps like LauncherPro and RDP client, installing patches and such, this thing turns out to be really cool.
    Out of the box, this thing sucks and I was ready to take it back. Read a few forums, get guidance, and execute a few enhancements, and this thing rocks for 149, period. Just don't expect the world for 149. A 149 tablet is quirky at best, but who's putting out anything better at the moment.

    • Chalyndeal

      can you tell me what you did? My mom got me one of these and I have absolutely no idea how to fix the annoying problems. I really dont want to send it back, but I would like the problems fixed.
      —- Signed, a sixteen year old technically challenged female.

    • Chalyndeal

      can you tell me what you did? My mom got me one of these and I have absolutely no idea how to fix the annoying problems. I really dont want to send it back, but I would like the problems fixed.
      —- Signed, a sixteen year old technically challenged female.

  • CharlieZap

    I agree with Trust Me. A little work and I have a great Pandora and Internet radio tablet. It's fine for most basic op's.

  • Justaguy

    I so agree. For noobs DO NOT BUY..but for us Geeks this things is a god-send…I have a G1 running Froyo a week before my brother who just dropped $250 on a sprint evo…sweet…the GT has replaced my laptop for in bed and internet travel movies are great…wait until Cyan Froyo is on here…tablets will be at least $250 for xmas..this was a steal

  • Joued

    Your a moron!
    I did all the updates, took my about an hour.
    For the money this is a great an handy tablet!

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