What makes it smug? The Gentouch might be great for enthusiasts but I don't think anyone would disagree that from an ordinary user's perspective it's closer to broken, even "junky". Look at the Kmart official blog which is filling up with complaints from users who have lost microSD cards inside the unit, are disappointed by the battery life, etc. There's the whole duplicate MAC address issue. Much of the software on it clearly is illegal. And I'll bet a symbolic dollar that you won't find a FCC ID anywhere on or near the device even though it's got the FCC logo on it. If you've any sympathy at all for companies like Pandigital and Archos that are trying to make it as legitimate manufacturers then you should be a bit frustrated that Augen isn't even trying to play by the rules, and I think that's where Laptop's coming from.martytaylor;32198 said:Here is Laptop magazine's smug original:Google: Augen?s Use of Android Market Unauthorized
MyKmart Blogs: Augen 7" Android Tablet UpdateFlorida- August 07, 2010 - 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.Google and Augen came to a mutual understanding that the Google Mobile Services Application Suite pre-installed on the GENTOUCH/ GENBOOK Series; could not be removed due to technological constraints for the products that were sold, shipped, or already produced.For future production runs and deliveries, Augen will block and remove the Google Mobile Services Application Suite from the current devices until further notice. We are currently in communication with Google Inc. to obtain the required licensing for upcoming products, and will announce in our future statements the timelines and availability of these products as it will become available to us. However, for your convenience Augen will add applications to accommodate the absence of the Google Mobile Services Application Suite.OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU…The future of Augen holds a key to develop market conscious products with a vision of delivering the latest and emerging technologies, being available and affordable to every household, big/small corporation in the United States of America and worldwide.We are at the final stages of releasing an entire new line of products which incorporates the newest technology and concepts, that will make a difference in your every day lives. We encourage you our Gen Nation, to follow the exciting products that Augen will be unveiling in the very near future. We are here to put the world at your fingertips and take you beyond the realm of the market that exists today, bringing you with us into a new era of open world communication and computing.We are a US based company and understand and incorporate your wishes, desires, and requirements in our company's DNA. We are here for you and are looking for your continued support, and excitement in our current and future releases.Gary GofmanCEOAugen Electronics Corp.
Slight Difference in scale of offense. So let's not get carried away.But I agree they would not get approval for market. Mainly because it doesn't work on devices w/o a phone without long hacks.darmok;32506 said:Were you this forgiving of BP?