Google apps on the £49 'Avoca' tablet were not properly licensed, according to reports
Following the arrival of cheap Android tablets from British retailers Argos and Tesco, retail chain Carphone Warehouse made headlines with the launch of its own budget slate, priced at just £49. By all accounts the "Avoca" tablet packed pretty basic hardware — a 1GHz CPU, WVGA display and 512MB of RAM stands out as being decidedly low-end — but at least it included the full suite of Google apps.
Now it seems the those apps may have been loaded onto the device without being properly licensed. The UK-based Mobile Magazine reports via "industry sources" that the Avoca's software was not licensed by Google, and as such manufacturer STB Developments had loaded apps like Google Maps and the Google Play Store onto the tablet without permission. Applications like this form the GMS (Google Mobile Services) package, which is licensed separately to the open-source Android OS.
One of Mobile Magazine's sources succinctly summed up the situation, saying "someone screwed up and now they are holding a lot of stock they can’t shift." A CPW spokeswoman told the outlet that it was investigating the issue. In the meantime the tablet is no longer available for sale.
Searches for the Avoca on the retailer's website direct users to a help page informing them that it had been "let down" by the supplier and it would no longer be able to deliver the tablet. Instead a second tablet with slightly higher specs is being offered to Avoca customers as a replacement.