Google: $150 Augen Tablet Using Pirated Version of Android

Guessing someone at Kmart isn’t going to be happy about this.

Google has announced that the makers of the $150 Augen GenTouch 78 Tablet is using a pirated version of Android. The Tablet/Slate caused quite a bit of a stir when it was surprisingly announced and there have even been a few reviews of the device, some including video.

What’s that you say? Pirated Android? Isn’t Android available for everyone? While Android is open source, use of some of the Google Apps are only available with a license, even though it is free. This most likely accounts for why those who did manage to get their hands on one of the devices report that the Android Marketplace will only allow you to browse but not purchase. Augen hasn’t spoken up yet. A Google spokesman said:

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

Sounds like someone’s got some ‘splainin’ to do.

Via Laptop Mag