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