This must have been an awkward conversation.
Augen Electronics, makers of the $150 Android tablet seen in Kmart circulars called the GenTouch78, have apparently been including unauthorized versions of Google’s proprietary apps, including the Gmail application and access to the Android Market, often called the Google Mobile Services Application Suite.
In a press release, Augen Electronics Corp CEO, Gary Gofman, claims he had a “constructive conversation with Google” and states the inclusion of the apps was simply an oversight on Augen’s part.
“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. “
He added, “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.”
Moving forward, the Augen Android tablet will ship without the apps, according to Gofman. “For future production runs and deliveries, Augen will block and remove the Google Mobile Services Application Suite from the current devices until further notice.”
Maybe that’s why the Android Market app didn’t actually work on the device, as many Kmart shoppers recently discovered.
Despite the fact that Android is an open-source platform, Google licenses the company’s specific apps and can deny access to any device that does not meet its hardware requirements. This is why there is no Android Market App on the Archos 5 or any other Android Tablet or eReader.