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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. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      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
      You are stupid enough to comment on ipads being bad, the you should go post elsewhere. How about supplying some details as to why buying an iPad is bad.

      I think your too poor to buy an iPad and your bitter because all you can afford is that piece of crap K-Mart clone.
    1. smr891's Avatar
      smr891 -
      Just because I can not afford an iPad I do not dismiss them as ****. I plan on buying one myself just have to wait until I can afford it. I would much rather wait for the genuine apple product that the cheap knock off's
    1. domthebigbomb's Avatar
      domthebigbomb -
      Quote Originally Posted by Krazyfool88 View Post
      Apparently no one on this forum understands sarcasm. And "mis informed" is one word.
      lol my b i didnt think i hit a the spacebar
    1. owais123's Avatar
      owais123 -
      I work at KMart and saw this on the shelf yesterday an was like how the hell did they get android running on that? Kinda funny it shows up on modmyi today lol. Maybe I should pick one up
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      of course there sold out look how cheap they were, and yeah google will come a suin lol
    1. DeMoN100's Avatar
      DeMoN100 -
      I'm going to buy one just to crack it
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      I read the first sentence and laughed. This tablet looks like crap! And it runs android? I don't care, iOS rocks!
    1. Cortezbanks's Avatar
      Cortezbanks -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnowLeo View Post
      I
      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
      Comex is doing frash btw
    1. warnera82's Avatar
      warnera82 -
      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
      That is hilarious!!!
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      how can you have a boot leg copy/knock off of an Open Source software, it makes no sense

      Edit: I forgot Appl£ Patented the tablet back in 1800 and something
    1. stfudvs's Avatar
      stfudvs -
      lmao fail
    1. BSmith's Avatar
      BSmith -
      Why is this even on here?
    1. flintoff's Avatar
      flintoff -
      I think its good device pplz, who like surfing web n emails n watching videos ...doesn't matter cheap or expensive ...Apple or Android as far as it does stuff that u need
    1. Success.Is.Sweet's Avatar
      Success.Is.Sweet -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      how can you have a boot leg copy/knock off of an Open Source software, it makes no sense

      Edit: I forgot Appl£ Patented the tablet back in 1800 and something
      [img]http://a.imageshack.us/img63/4576/1fc2e5811df70490c4d0071.jpg/img]
      Quote Originally Posted by niscandia View Post
      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. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      how can you have a boot leg copy/knock off of an Open Source software, it makes no sense
      It appears as others have said that the Android OS is open but the specific Google branded apps (like Gmail, Maps, and Android Market) need to be licensed through Google in order to put them on the device. This company never got that license. I have read that people who have purchased the first run of these tablets can open the Android Market but can't download any app from it (it is non functional). I am not sure if Gmail and Maps work on these or not (my guess is they don't). Kind of useless, huh? $150 for a K-Mart TV dinner tray.
    1. Aldog18's Avatar
      Aldog18 -
      Wow this looks absolutely terrible. Dont know why you would buy one, i'll be sticking to iphones
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Kmart!!! So funny!! Remember
      How they used to be so big,
      now they r nothing!!?! Target and walmart have pretty much put them out of business!

      Now it seems Microsoft is the kmart, and apple and google r the target and walmart.

      I hope this is not true! I love Microsoft! But right now it seems they have no direction, slowly drifting away.
    1. owais123's Avatar
      owais123 -
      KMart is still running fine. Walmart is an evil company and target is overpriced. Get your facts straight