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Coles Mobile’s PendoPad can’t even access Google Play Store & core Google apps

PendoPad no GPlay

When Coles Mobile announced that they were selling the PendoPad for $149 we were quite excited by its prospects. Not as a high-end device and a be-all and end-all tablet for everyone, but rather as a cheap ICS running tablet that you could hand to your children without fearing losing hard-earned money.

However, it has come to our attention that the new PendoPads in fact do not come with Google Play installed and are completely unable to ever have it running.

One of our readers went out and purchased a PendoPad, only to then find out (the hard way) that Google Play and most Google apps are simply not supported. Not even that, you can’t even manually install the GPlay apk.

Here’s Pendo support’s official response to the issue:

The new PendoPads do not come with Google Play … To download apps on the PendoPads, they come pre-installed with the GetJar.

Pendo then go on to claim that Google have only licensed Google Play use for their top ‘customers’ (OEMs?). Well, that’s a load of bull. Last time I checked anyone could use Google Play and Google actually preferred that. Oh, and, does that mean my MIPS-based $109 (Delivered) Ainol Novo 7 Paladin that runs Google Play beautifully is one of Google selected ‘top manufacturers?’ Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

Anyway, this is what they had to say about it –

And this gives PendoPad users an alternative to Google Play, which at the moment Google have only licensed to their top customers like Samsung.

So, good job Coles Mobile. This is your first Android tablet and not only is it a budget line model that is running last year’s specs, it can’t even access the most core aspects of an Android device. Google Play is inaccessible and third party markets are the only answer. Google apps such as Gmail and Talk can be downloaded, but not opened. How much does this even constitute as an Android tablet?

Oh, and please. For all retailers, carriers and manufacturers out there – please heed this warning. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is not – not – the latest version of Android. Please stop using it in marketing/advertising campaigns as anyone who knows anything about Android will know that Jelly Bean is the latest Android OS offering.

Thanks: Jade!

Written by : Josh is the founder of Android Australia. He is an adamant vegan, tech enthusiast and psychology student. He is currently a Google Product Specialist so you may see him around in blue. You should probably follow him on Google+ or on Twitter.
  • George Constantinopolous

    This is rediculous…it actually makes me angry! Coles should definitely be refunding all those who purchased the tablet under the impression that it would function as a regular Android tablet…how misleading!

    • Cam Charles

      if i had brought one and found this out i would be demanding a refund for sure, the sad thing is many wont know this is not normal android :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.m.french.1 Ashley Mark French

      for $89 from Coles you expect it to be a Rolls Royce. If you can’t add 4 app files, turn it off and turn it on you shouldn’t be thinking of playing with any device, really!

  • Cam Charles

    URGH.. you know how people always say the downside of androids openess is fragmentation and all that rubbish well, this right here is the true downside to androids open platform.

    there are going to be people out there that buy this tablet thinking that, not only is this THE android experience but the latest and greatest version off it at that. there should at least be some sort of base rule that says GAPPS most importantly the play store must run on you crappy watered down version.

    unfortunately this is not the first time ive seen this, my little netbook dual boots android and it was a selling point for me, not the most important one so i didnt research it first, it was a bonus really, but it turned out to be a hacky, crappy version by some random company that again has no GAPPS and no play store, it had some crap store from the company that had pretty much no apps, yay, lucky for me it was relatively easy to the play store onto it, of course not much works on the poor x86 hacked thing and sadly for some small percentage of people they will think THAT is android

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=609357198 Nathan Elcoate

    Ouch. Stick it to em Josh.

  • Tyler Saddington

    HAHAHAHAH!!! I know how to fix it, flash the GApps.zip for Cyanogenmod that makes google available on CM roms!!!

  • Tyler Saddington

    I was going to get one, but maybe this turns me off it. I want it to come preloaded and not require me to do anything :(

  • tessalina

    Thanks so much – so for the not up with the tablet world at all kind of person please tell me what is the cheapest tablet that works to buy for my 5yo who loves the ipad @ kindy – just want it as a educational game machine which will last longer in age years than leapfrog, ds etc…..

    • Cam Charles

      its pretty hard to beat the bang for buck value of the nexus7 (the google tablet), there are cheaper options out there (not many) but they wont be as spec’d up as the nexus7 and they certainly wont have jellybean plus if you go too cheap they end up like the pendo pad here

      jelly bean + good hardware will keep the nexus7 a capable device for a good amount of time too, ie it wont be out of date and incapable of running the latest games tomoro

    • http://androidaustralia.com.au Josh Berg

      I’d have to agree with Cam. The Nexus 7 is just the best tablet money can buy at the moment.

    • Tyler Saddington

      Kogan.com.au They have their Agora tablet for $179 and has Google Play store and all the Google apps

  • Paul Snider

    What is the Agora tablet from Kogan like? Any good for playing educational games? Kids love Angry Birds and stuff, but it takes a bit of graphics power to run them on the cheaper tablet variants.

  • Kenneth Thorpe

    I am one of the poor bastards who got the stinking pendo 4.0. And let me say I am really shitty about it. Not only do I have one of these useless things. I got locked into a 24 month contract with Dodo for the crap. And not being tech savvy, web sites telling me to root it may as well be explaining quantum physics to a two year old. I am really angry. Looks like I am stuck eh !. What really shits me is I payed for apps on my zte v9 that I now can’t bring accross to pendo. Pendo are arseholes. When I contacted them they feed me the exact same explaination they fed Josh, word for word without changing even a full stop. Their tech people must have the explaination beside them ready to go. Morons !!!

  • Kautuak

    It is too late for those who got the device.
    We need Android Guru to help us root it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.m.french.1 Ashley Mark French

      simple, use google search engine and read, took all of a couple of hours.

  • isack

    I have a pendo pad and use 1mobile instead of getjar, it has access to almost any app that is on the play store and I’m more than happy

    • Melanie Stengewis

      ty isack I got 1mobile because of you and so far am happy :)

  • Luke Strong

    I rooted my pendo pad with unlock root, downloaded gapps ics zip, extracted it into system/app and then gave the apps full permissions. Restarted it and then I had playstore, gmail, youtube etc…
    If I, a fourteen year old can do it, You guys should be able to.

    • Ashley Mark French

      Josh Berg wouldn’t know how and he can’t admit when he’s wrong. obviously a know it all wanker. my first tablet, rooted and running google apps the first day. with tv out, much better than most cheap tablets. only let down is poor screen quality.

    • http://www.shop7onthemurray.com.au Tony Potter

      Don’t be a hero Luke, we have enough in this county now.
      just be helpful to your fellow man and feel pleased with yourself you were able to help someone Cheers Tony

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.m.french.1 Ashley Mark French

    I downloaded 4 apk files, installed them, powered off then powered on. Now have Googles Android Market. Rooting the pendopad was also simple. You should use google search a bit more before you rubbish something as it makes you look like you don’t know what your talking about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.m.french.1 Ashley Mark French

    yep, Josh talks crap! Pendopad 4.0 is so easy to give root privellages and install google android market. If I can do it almost immediately along with a 14 year old, why does he say it can’t be done! Because he never tried. You shouldn’t comment on things you don’t know, hey android guru.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bardsidhe Rodger Phillips

    The real reason pendopad 4.0 uses Getjar and locks out Google play is because of this simple fact. China (PRC) has strict internet controls in place via local laws. This means in this case the app store must be PRC approved. Play is not approved. Pendo need to address this for owners/users outside the PRC. As get jar does not have access to localized apps eg real estate apps for Australia or new Zealand

  • http://www.facebook.com/bardsidhe Rodger Phillips

    Fixing the issue with Play /Getjar would make them more attractive to the end user on a budget

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.m.french.1 Ashley Mark French

    Josh, you can say whatever you like. You now admit that google apps can be installed. That’s the bottom line. Whether a grandma can do it or not has nothing to do with it. Your article states they can not. Well you’ve been proven wrong. It’s as simple as that. So get your facts right before you speak, grow some balls mate!

  • http://www.poraora.com/ Mthew Gill

    i think this games is wonderful children education games . so i just want everyone must see this games.

  • Adam Bagnall

    You get what you paid for this tablet has a lot of issues, it is slow, the screen is unresponsive and you get barely any internal memory to play with. However it is quite light and has decent speakers

  • Julie Peterson

    Hi , I’ve just purchased a pendopad 10.1. Its running android 4.2 jelly bean and is using 1 mobile as it’s app store. Does anyone know if this is better than the previous pendo pads?

    • Ashley Mark French

      is good, don’t believe the shit Josh Berg says as he can’t recall his own comments, even if they are only a few paragraphs above.

  • Ashley Mark French

    Adamant vegan says it all! A bullshit speacialist that makes incorrect comments. Also someone that can’t recall his previous comments and is unable to scroll upwards to find them displayed there. You should probably not bother following him on Twitter and find a tech that actually understands how to use computers/tablets properly. Not someone that makes false claims cause they can’t work out how to do it. Even if a young 14 year old kid can.

  • Ashley Mark French

    ok, you didn’t say it could be done, that was cameron but that’s another showing your wrong. jIt’s not that I have taken anything to heart. Facts are facts and you have been shown by more than just myself, to be totally wrong on your claims. About time you admit you are wrong, or aren’t you man enough. Your claim – only to then find out (the hard way) that Google Play and most Google apps are simply not supported. Not even that, you can’t even manually install the GPlay apk. has nothing to do with any readers ability, it states it can’t be done. utter crap!

    • http://www.androidaustralia.com.au/ Josh Berg

      Hey Ashley,

      Anything I wrote in this article was based on my understanding of the issue at the time of writing. I’m sorry that it has offended you and on looking back at my work it was a rather harsh piece that didn’t need to be so. It’s great to hear that you’ve been able to find workarounds and support readers looking further into the devices we talk about. I am primarily concerned with the out of the box experience a device provides, rather than the experience when rooting it.

  • Allan John Mearns

    I have a Pendo Pad 7″ it came as a freebie with a Dodo phone plan.
    It has Google Play already installed.

    My thing is that it cannot for some reason install the Plus7 TV app that I have on my Samsung Galaxy 4s.
    When I eventually found the app it said something along the lines of “This app is not compatible with your device”
    I have the SBS and iView apps plus others running fine but not the Chanel 7 one :(

  • Chris

    I have a Pendo 9.7″ 8gb tablet and could not set up a Google account on it among other things. Because help is nowhere else to be seen here, for all future peeps, hope this helps:

    Root your device: http://www.cnet.com/au/how-to/how-to-easily-root-an-android-device/

    Install Google Services Framework: http://mynetsec.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/install-google-playstore-on-pendo-pad.html

    Reboot after framework is installed. I was able to add an account after this. some things still don’t work, but as long as I can install things from Play store now, I’m happy.

  • johnmcnicol68@gmail. com

    Why doesn’t my pando pad 9.7 open Google plus as said contact manufacturer also doesn’t support my Samsung s5.can I download software to fix problem?

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  • Jarrah

    Yet to see a Pendo with quality resolution. However they are, at least, in every way, better than the aptly named Ainol tablets.