The $38 students Aakash was developed by the Indian Government and Datawind to meet the needs of India's 22 million students with a $22 subsidized price. Datawind will also develop a retail (Android 2.2 Tablet PC) for business with more memory and options that will sell for about $38-$48. The desired price point for both models with %100 Indian production will be an amazing $10-$20! The first goal of the Indian government is to get the Aakash into the hands of their 22 million students and eventually available worldwide. The government will subsidize the production of the students tablet to help slow the widening digital gap among the poorest students in India and around the world. Eventually 1 billion students worldwide will have a powerful computing device available to learn and discover the shrinking world in the palsm of their hand.
Back Story From WIKI
Aakash is an Android tablet computer jointly developed by the London-based company DataWind with the Indian Institute of Technology and manufactured by the India-based company Quad, at a new production centre in Hyderabad — under a trial run of 100,000 units.The tablet was officially launched as the Aakash in New Delhi on Oct 5, 2011. A substantially revised second generation model is projected for manufacture beginning in early 2012.
The seven-inch touch screen tablet features 256 megabytes of RAM, uses an ARM 11 processor with the Android 2.2 operating system, has two USB port and delivers HD-quality video. For applications, the Aakash will have access to Getjar, a proprietary market, rather than the Android Market
As a multi-media platform, the Aakash project, beset by delays and setbacks, has been developed as part of the country's aim to link 25,000 colleges and 400 universities in an e-learning program Original projected as a "$35 laptop", the device will be sold to the Government of India at $50 and will be distributed at a government subsidized price of $35. A commercial version will be marketed as the UbiSlate 7 at a projected price of $60 WIKI
SpecificationsAs released on 5 October 2011, the Aakash features an overall size of 190.5 x 118.5 x 15.7mm with a 7” resistive screen, a weight of 350gms and using the Android 2.2 operating system with access to the proprietary marketplace Getjar (not the Android marketplace), developed by Datawind.
The processor is 366 MHz with Graphics Accelerator and HD Video Co-processor and the tablet features 256 MB RAM, a Micros SD slot with a 2GB Micro SD card (expandable to 32GB), two full-size USB ports, a 2100mAh battery, Wi-fi capability, a browser developed by Datawind, an internal cellular and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) modem, using a power consumption of 2 watts with a solar charging option. The device features 3.5mm audio output and input jack.
The Aakash is designed to support various document (DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP,PDF), image (PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF), audio (MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA) and video (MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV) formats and includes an application for access to YouTube video content
Aakash or Sky Tablets that are available in the United States have met with mixed reviews!
Programmers get ready to develop software for 1 billion students!
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