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    Default 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.

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    I thought Android was open source?

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    Wow, K-Mart is stupid
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    Every tablet is now an iPad knock off. Because Apple was the first company to make a tablet. Ever.
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    Don't you love all this willy waving?

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    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

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    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

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    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!
    Last edited by vantheman169; 08-08-2010 at 12:28 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    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
    Last edited by SnowLeo; 08-08-2010 at 12:32 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    I'm gonna get one of these just to see what they are all about
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    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.
    Apples taste good.

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    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

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    Haha kmart is desperate.

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    Who buys electronics at k-mart?
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    What's k-mart?!?!?

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    Looks crap compared to the iPad...

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    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.
    Apple are Control freaks we need to stop them before they take over the world!!

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    Come to think of it.....I haven't seen a kmart since I was 12. Lol

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    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.

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    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.

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    ^ 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
    Last edited by whereswaldo; 08-08-2010 at 01:41 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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