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Reading the latest blurb by Gary Gofman about the licensing issue with Google does the mean that the official patch that is supposed to come out on 8/20 (any one taking bets on this:)) will have Android Market, and various other Google applications, removed from it? Reading various other posts, it looks like K-Mart has removed it's references to Android Market from it's advertising.It would be nice to get an honest answer out of Augen some day, but they way they are going I have the feeling that they might not be around for the long haul.If I don't take the thing back to K-Mart it will at least look neat next to my Apple Newton and Simon (the phone not the game) in my museum of things that had great potential but never made it.
 

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[quote name='stu;36985]Reading the latest blurb by Gary Gofman about the licensing issue with Google does the mean that the official patch that is supposed to come out on 8/20 (any one taking bets on [URL=this:))]this:))[/URL] will have Android Market' date=' and various other Google applications, removed from it? Reading various other posts, it looks like K-Mart has removed it's references to Android Market from it's advertising.It would be nice to get an honest answer out of Augen some day, but they way they are going I have the feeling that they might not be around for the long haul.If I don't take the thing back to K-Mart it will at least look neat next to my Apple Newton and Simon (the phone not the game) in my museum of things that had great potential but never made it.[/QUOTE'] Even if not included, there are ways always to do these things on your own. Also, i think that article states that future shipments of the device will not have the Google Suite included... how is that not honest and straight forward?CPG
 

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Depends upon whether Google decides to allow tablets to acquire licensing or not. I skimmed the licensing a bit, and it appears that they have a "free" license of some type as well as paid, however I suspect that Augen's would have to be the paid variety as I suspect the "free" ones are geared to phones where they'd be more likely to see Google advertising, etc. all of the time while I imagine many tablet users won't cruise around wireless networks as often, especially the 3G less ones. Possibly the phones also get licensing by subsidies of the network providers, which is why the handsets are relatively cheap for their specs, as they more than get the $$$ back in the 2y required contracts for the discounts.AFAIK Google had no intention to truly address Android tablets, etc. i.e. non-phones until Android 3.0. I wouldn't be surprised if their management were almost entirely unaware of the proliferation of Chinese Android tablets until the GT hit kmart. i.e. Archos is small time, PDN is billed as an "ereader"(which just happens to be highy hackable), etc. so the GT was the first to tablet to hit a large retail chain AS a tablet.So in the end it comes down to will Google allow tablets NOW to access the market, andif so can they get a "free" license or will they have to pay for one. I suspect if they have to pay Augen will stick with the alternative market providers, as there probably isn't much profit in their business ATM, and with other tablets available they can't really afford to pass on the license pricing, i.e. going to say $179.99 would make the A81-E SUPER attractive, more than my kinda wish that I could talk myself into $75 more for something that I may hate v. $150ish that I can refund. (Did Augen ever sell anything else? I'd never heard of them until the GT...)(Gah! This talking is almost making me consider the uber cheap PDN again then I'd be out even less and still could refund it... I think... (don't usually shop kohls for electronics, or BBB at all so no idea on their return policies ATM.))
 

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[quote name='cpg716;37032]Even if not included' date=' there are ways always to do these things on your own. Also, i think that article states that future shipments of the device will not have the Google Suite included... how is that not honest and straight forward?CPG[/QUOTE']IMHO, removing an application that is not working is not fixing it. It's kind of like taking your car into the shop to have the AC fixed, and the mechanic just removes all the parts related to the AC system. You can take the perspective that the car is no longer broke because there is no longer a broken AC system, but how many people would consider that an acceptable solution?If the plan is to remove the app I would appreciate it if one of the CEO's that keep promising there will be a fix would just come out and say what the fix is. I realize there are other ways to get applications on the thing and have been doing so. However, in being told there will be a solution I've been holding off on doing the research to get the Barnes & Nobel Nook reader hacked in (does anyone know where I can get the apk for this?) along with some other apps that I have only found on Android Market. If I had been told it isn't going to be there I could have gotten started on this already and not have wasted a week waiting.
 

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[quote name='stu;37119] However' date=' in being told there will be a solution I've been holding off on doing the research to get the Barnes & Nobel Nook reader hacked in (does anyone know where I can get the apk for this?)[/QUOTE']bn.ereader.apkMD5: C450949AAA9C74287B466D2E9C0C4B8E
 
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