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Asus 'to build own Google Android App Store'

Tablets will not ship with latest Android OS

Asus has revealed that because Google is validating Android App Market access only for Tablet PCs with mobile phone functionality or for those willing to wait for Google Android Honeycomb, it will follow Toshiba and build its own, proprietary app store for Google Android.

Asus tablet PCs may not ship with the latest version of Google Android, according to The Inquirer.

At CES earlier this month Asus unveiled four tablet PCs that will launch into the UK in the second half of 2011.  The EEE Slider, EEE transformer and Memo all run Google Android, the 12in touchscreen Eee Slate E121, has Microsoft's Windows 7 OS. The Asus tablets will ship with only Wi-Fi connectivity, and beyond vague plans to launch 3G models toward the end of the year, Asus has not committed to launching tablets with phone functionality.

Asus is set to make a firm announcement on its plans for a Google Android App Store at the CeBit tradeshow in early March. PC Advisor will be there to report.

See also: Microsoft targets Acer and Asustek over Android

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