The company’s offering has curiously included the Google Experience. PhoneNews.com contacted Google to find out if the device legally licensed Google’s superset of Android (known as the Google Experience). These apps include Google Maps, YouTube, Gmail, and the Android Market. Google declined to respond to our requests, but our questions appeared to have triggered an investigation, forcing the matter with Cherrypal.
As such, Cherrypal has acknowledged that the CherryPad America tablet is not compliant with the minimum requirements for Android 2.1 or 2.2. The company dodged questions as to if they had pirated the Google Experience from Google. At the same time, the company did confirm that they are “temporarily discontinuing” support for the Android Market on the device.
Relations between Cherrypal and Google are not clearly destroyed, however. The company is claiming that Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, will loosen some key requirements that will allow the CherryPad America to be Google-approved. The company promises to post a beta version of Android 2.3, once they have adapted the upgrade.
Customers may be in for a significant wait, however. Google has yet to formally announce, let alone share the source code for Android 2.3. The CherryPad America may be quickly adaptable, and Cherrypal may be working with Google using internal builds. Neither company has commented formally.
The CherryPad America is a $200 tablet (including shipping) that currently ships with Android 2.1. It is based on the common TeleChips 800 MHz Android debug board that many budget tablet manufacturers are using. However, unlike other tablets, the CherryPad America sports an iPad-like unibody metal casing, and features an iPod dock connector, along with a microSD slot. Support for other add-ons such as USB host port mode have been announced but not released.
Due to the reasons above, PhoneNews.com will not be reviewing the CherryPad America at this time.