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  • K-Mart's Knock-Off iPad Illegally Runs Android?



    Looking for a new Android tablet to replace that old-fashioned iPad you have laying around? Look no further than K-Mart. The Augen GenTouch78 Android tablet, as profiled by Fortune magazine, may be "as bare bones as it gets," but it does serve up some key, familiar features: Android 2.1 800x480 Display, WiFi 802.11G, 2GB of storage +SD card slot, 256MB of RAM, HDMI out for 720P viewing on an external display, Android Market access, eBook reader, etc.

    In theory, this sounds pretty exciting. In reality, however, K-Mart is pushing what multiple media outlets are panning as an iPad knock-off running a bootleg copy of Android. And guess what? Google agrees, saying that the out-of-nowhere $150 Android tablet is "using software it shouldn't have from an unauthorized vendor and has bypassed the usual legal channels." Augen's CEO, Gary Gofman, was subsequently forced to admit that Android Market on his company's GenTouch78 was “unintentional.”

    Put differently, K-Mart is selling what some are calling an "illegal device." It should be noted, however, that only days after its release, the GenTouch78 is difficult to come by at K-Mart stores, as demand has proven surprisingly substantial. Of course, if you can't find one now, there's an even better chance you won't be able to find one in the future as many expect the iPad knock-off to get pulled from shelves as a result of the questionable legality surrounding the device's Android attributes.

    Fortune Magazine
    GottaBeMobile
    This article was originally published in forum thread: K-Mart's Knock-Off iPad Illegally Runs Android? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 81 Comments
    1. ihaterich's Avatar
      ihaterich -
      I thought Android was open source?
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Wow, K-Mart is stupid
    1. Success.Is.Sweet's Avatar
      Success.Is.Sweet -
      Every tablet is now an iPad knock off. Because Apple was the first company to make a tablet. Ever.
    1. donkeykongking's Avatar
      donkeykongking -
      if ur stupid enough to buy an ipad, thats bad, if ur too poor to afford an ipad, and u still want one so u buy this, then ur a redneck
    1. loafomatic's Avatar
      loafomatic -
      Quote Originally Posted by donkeykongking View Post
      if ur stupid enough to buy an ipad, thats bad, if ur too poor to afford an ipad, and u still want one so u buy this, then ur a redneck
      If you're bitter about not owning an iPad, you're donkeykongking
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ihaterich View Post
      I thought Android was open source?
      Agreed Kmart is gonna get sued over this one!

      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Wow, K-Mart is stupid


      Agreed Kmart is gonna get sued over this one!
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      I like my 64gb wifi-only ipad (:
      flash runs great on my ipad
      even though the ipad couldve already had everything the iphone 4 has and yet its still 1000x better than every tablet device out there... Till palmpad... Maybe.
      HD movies for $5, newspapers, books, magazines, and streaming live tv with slingbox on the sexy 10 in screen is friggen sweet! Rockin out with my awesome quirky case too:

      quirky | Cloak iPad Case

      Plus if I wanted android so friggen bad i bet once planetbeing makes frash 1.0 he'll go back to the android for iphone project and make android for ipad dual boot
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      I'm gonna get one of these just to see what they are all about
    1. Kruejl's Avatar
      Kruejl -
      I looked at a few reviews online and the resistive touch screen looks abysmal to use. I even have one being held at my local K-mart for me but I think I'll pass on this one.
    1. Solarpolitiks's Avatar
      Solarpolitiks -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      even though the ipad couldve already had everything the iphone 4 has and yet its still 1000x better than every tablet device out there... Till palmpad... Maybe.
      lolwat?

      That seems pretty biased
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Haha kmart is desperate.
    1. Bassface's Avatar
      Bassface -
      Who buys electronics at k-mart?
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      What's k-mart?!?!?
    1. disenchanted's Avatar
      disenchanted -
      Looks crap compared to the iPad...
    1. rocky5's Avatar
      rocky5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Success.Is.Sweet View Post
      Every tablet is now an iPad knock off. Because Apple was the first company to make a tablet. Ever.
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Come to think of it.....I haven't seen a kmart since I was 12. Lol
    1. niscandia's Avatar
      niscandia -
      Quote Originally Posted by ihaterich View Post
      I thought Android was open source?
      Android is, the problem is that a few applications that are "expected" in Android are not. This is the same thing that got Cyanogen awhile ago (Cyanogen makes an Android roms which are highly thought of).

      Basically the "Google apps" are closed source, Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps, and so on. This means if you want the "stock" apps for Android you have to make a deal with google... but if you decided not to your users can still download and install them.

      So Android is open source, that just doesn't include Google's main tools.
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      Quote Originally Posted by Success.Is.Sweet View Post
      Because Apple was the first company to make a tablet. Ever.
      What are you, 12 years old? There were tablet Windows laptops long before there was an iPad.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      ^ there was an Apple tablet even way before that, its called the Newton

      Quote Originally Posted by donkeykongking View Post
      if ur stupid enough to buy an ipad, thats bad, if ur too poor to afford an ipad, and u still want one so u buy this, then ur a redneck
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      I like my 64gb wifi-only ipad (:
      flash runs great on my ipad
      even though the ipad couldve already had everything the iphone 4 has and yet its still 1000x better than every tablet device out there... Till palmpad... Maybe.
      HD movies for $5, newspapers, books, magazines, and streaming live tv with slingbox on the sexy 10 in screen is friggen sweet! Rockin out with my awesome quirky case too:

      quirky | Cloak iPad Case

      Plus if I wanted android so friggen bad i bet once planetbeing makes frash 1.0 he'll go back to the android for iphone project and make android for ipad dual boot
      +2 lol