Augen Gentouch78 is about to lose Android Market, other Google apps

Augen just announced that the Gentouch78 would lose the Android market in the next update. They weren't authorized to use the code.

I don't know if you've been following the story, but yesterday the GottaBeMobile blog broke the story that the Gentouch78 is using pirated software to provide access to the Android Market. Well, duh. I thought that was obvious. At least, it should have been obvious to anyone who blogs about Android. Let me explain.

There are parts of the Android OS that are open source and there are parts that are not open source. For example, the Android Market is closed source and if you want to use it you need to get Google's permission. Here's the catch: the device that uses the market has to meet certain hardware specs. Basically it has to be a phone.

I don't have the actual requirements in front of me, but so far as I know there are no Android tablets with legal access to the market.

From the press release:

Augen Electronics Corp., an innovator of tablet pc's, netbooks, and eReaders, would like to deliver the following statement to address the circulating media gossip regarding Augen's preloaded apps.

On July, 29 2010 Augen had a constructive conversation with Google Inc. The topic of the discussion was Google's Application Suite. As you know, Google Inc. has released the source code for the entire Android platform under the flexible and commercial-friendly Apache 2.0 open source license. Augen is free to use that open source code; however, the suite of applications comprising Google Mobile Services on Android are proprietary to Google and have not been released under open source licenses. 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.

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