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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. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      ^ there was an Apple tablet even way before that, its called the Newton

      Oh, please. A Newton? Maybe I should list an HP calculator as a 'tablet'.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Wow K-mart taking a stab whats next the Wal-PAD and it comes with a refrigerator magnet built in.
    1. Shishir G's Avatar
      Shishir G -
      haha isn't k-mart a groceries store?
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
    1. NetMage's Avatar
      NetMage -
      If you didn't use a Newton, you shouldn't talk about it - still one of the best devices available.
    1. mudrock1000's Avatar
      mudrock1000 -
      Not every tablet is a knockoff. Tablets were being invented LONG before Steve Jobs got to it.
      Anyways as far as android goes looks pretty primative. I'm curious though, because I thought Android was open source. I'm mildy confused about this.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      K-Mart is just a failure. Really? Trying to compete against the iPad?
    1. Cgar95's Avatar
      Cgar95 -
      Quote Originally Posted by macsoldier View Post
      Wow K-mart taking a stab whats next the Wal-PAD and it comes with a refrigerator magnet built in.
      No, it is a refrigerator magnet.
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      They forgot to mention it toast bread too!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      looks like garbage
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      I rather stick to my Vibrant Galaxy S than getting this... I will just keep saving til' I can get an iPad
    1. ALIEN1974's Avatar
      ALIEN1974 -
      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.
      You'r so wrong!!!!
      I had one at the 80's,it was called, "Poket Calculator"...
    1. andypropaganda's Avatar
      andypropaganda -
      That's because it is crap compared the the iPad. And even though Android's source code is open source. I do believe companies still need to license it and what not, and I'm not sure if it's exactly freeware. I think there's a difference, but I'm not totally sure. Correct me if I'm wrong.
    1. Krazyfool88's Avatar
      Krazyfool88 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MikePA View Post
      What are you, 12 years old? There were tablet Windows laptops long before there was an iPad.
      Are you 12 years old? Success.Is.Sweet's comment was clearly sarcastic. You should reread posts a couple times if you're having trouble with comprehension.
    1. domthebigbomb's Avatar
      domthebigbomb -
      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.
      You my friend are quite mis informed.... they mightve had the best most bought tablet ever but not the first
    1. Krazyfool88's Avatar
      Krazyfool88 -
      Apparently no one on this forum understands sarcasm. And "mis informed" is one word.
    1. BlueOrchard's Avatar
      BlueOrchard -
      Everything just has to copy the ipad. very poorly that is. :P
    1. sal_osx's Avatar
      sal_osx -
      I went to KMART to check it out ..unfortunately they don't have a display model. but the lady said if I didn't like it I could return it and get a full refund. ...decisions, decisions...I'm just curious..lol
    1. Cgar95's Avatar
      Cgar95 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tyronal; View Post
      They forgot to mention it toast bread too!
      But there's a bug in the new update that burns it for every 1/6 users.