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Friday, March 2, 2012

Datawind gets Innovative Mobile Company Award from UK

Datawind, the makers of Aakash Tablet and Ubislate7+ has bagged the "Most Innovative Mobile Company" Award from the Govt. of United Kingdom. The development and manufacturing of the Cheapest tablet of US$35 is one of the remarkable steps that Datawind has taken and launched in India on October 5.

"Datawind is breaking the price barrier for computing and internet access and make digital connectivity affordable, especially in emerging markets around the world," said the British Govt. on Thursday.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Now, Angola orders for Aakash Tablet

Aakash tablet is still reigning high despite home bound controverseries surrounding the hi-tech device. Datawind, the makers of Aakash Tablet has struck the deal with Movicel, African telecom operator to manufacture one lakh Aakash tablet PCs for its customers in Angola.

Datawind CEO Sunit Singh Tuli and Movicel’s CEO Yon Junior signed the deal in Barcelona. Recently, Movicel also announced its plans to launch a commercial LTE network in Angola with ZTE giving a wireless experience to the people of Angola.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Aakash tablet 2 at same price for students

HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal has informed that Aakash tablet's advanced version Aakash Tablet 2, which is expected to roll out in the month of April 2012, will be made available to students at the same price of Rs 1,100 after subsidy of Rs.1176/- by the Government.

As the Aakash tablet 1st version has performed poorly with students complaining of device freezups and difficulty in its operations, Aakash tablet 2's battery power is expected to be 1.5 times more than the current. Processor speed has been increased to 700-800 Mhz from present 366 Mhz. and resistive touch screen converted in to capacitative touch screen. The Aakash tablet 2 will also be made available to the Govt. by the manufacturer, Datawind.

Govt. involves PSUs for Aakash Tablet 2

As the Aakash tablet have been stuck into one after other controversy, India's HRD ministry is keen to involve public sector undertakings like Industrial Training Institutes(ITI), Bharat Electrical Limited (BEL) and Centre for Development of Advaned Computing (CDAC) instead of the esteemed Indian Institute of Technology(IITs) institutions for the procurement and distribution of cheap Aakash tablets.

The Govt. has already stated its plans to provide millions of Aakash tablets to college going students in the next five years. Its unfortunate that IIT, Jodhpur, which had been envisaged with the task of managing and testing the previous version of Aakash has not able to deliver tablets to college students.

As the quality of Aakash tablet is an important issue, the tablet's advanced version is expected to perform fairly in all the conditions of India, in desert areas to plains to high rain zone areas.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

More IITs involved by Government for Aakash 2 Deal

Government of India announced the decision of involving IIT Mumbai, IIT Madras and IIT Kanpur apart from IIT- Rajasthan which is currently been caught in issues with the maker of Aakash tablet, Datawind over specifications.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal along with officials present from Department of IT so that the Aakash tablet 2 deal could go smoothly and this could also result in making Aakash tablet indigenous. Currently, some of the parts for Aakash tablet are being imported from outside India including the processor. If whole parts are available in the country itself, this could result in further reduction in the price of the tablet. The speed of the processor is expected to touch 800 Mhz from the present 300 Mhz.

IIT- Rajasthan is on the verge of loosing the Aakash 2 deal as it was previously decided by the Government. The reports suggest that due to the differences regarding specifications between Datawind and IIT- Rajasthan, the deal is a no go for Government for the Aakash tablet 2 with IIT- Rajasthan.

The Government had earlier stated that it will require 22 crore units of Aakash tablet for which new tenders will be floated so that more companies could get a chance to bid along with Datawind.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Aakash tablet a huge demand in Nepal

After impresing the Indian people from its charm, Aakash tablet sees a great demand from across the border with Nepal. Visitors are thronging the CAN Info-Tech 2012, the technology exhibition which is touted as the biggest in Nepal for a glimpse of the affordable Aakash tablet. Not even that, people of Nepal have booked over 20000 devices of the upgraded Aakash tablet, better known as Ubislate7+ in the technology exhibition that ends 31st January, 2012.
Gizmos Nepal is one of the sole distributors in Nepal for the advanced Aakash tablets. Not only universities, colleges, schools and students from all over Nepal have shown interest in the tablet but the demand is from people exculding those like businessmen and rural areas. One of the reasturant chains have booked around 1000 Aakash tablets, said, Vivek Khetan of Gizmos Nepal.
Ubislate7+ which will cost 6,000 Nepali Rupees is Rs. 750 more from the Indian market. Ubislate7+ is continually being seen as an affordable tablet by all beating its competitors and its online Pre-booking orders which are seeing an uprise every now and then is a fact of that.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Aakash tablet PC cost Rs. 1500 in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh has offered special discounts for all the students of the state to buy Aakash tablets. The university and schools can now get a subsidy of Rs. 1000 from the present price of Rs.2500. This is great news for the Andhra Pradesh.
 The Govt. of Andhra Pradesh has asked the central government for 10,000 tablets in first place as it will be distributed to colleges, schools, and polytechnics. Not only that, Andhra Pradesh plans to provide these Akash tablets to students at rent for those who find the tablets somewhat expensive.

The new improved and advanced version of Aakash tablets is expected to come by April 2012 and many schools, colleges, universities are waiting till then to procure the Aakash tablet PC.