Asia Bizz: With the growing popularity of the ‘Aakash’ tablet PC, the government of Andhra Pradesh has sent a proposal to the Indian Human Resource Development Ministry requesting them to book 1,000 ‘Aakash’ tablets. The AP government is planning to distribute the tablet among its students.
The officials have planned to distribute the tablet in two phases. In the first phase, the students from state universities, polytechnic colleges and engineering, while in the next phase, the students from the private colleges can avail the tablet.
Since its launch last year by HRD minister Kapil Sibal, the cheap tablet has been in news. During its testing phase, many complained that it was slow and had battery issues.
This was when fingers were pointed out at Datawind, the makers of the tablet. The company has now assured of dishing out the tablet with a better processor and at the same cost.
Earlier there were also reports that the government would shelve the project due to the non satisfactory results of the testing phase, but now the government has assured that the new tablets with the better processor will be entering the Indian market by the month of March 2012. This might take some time and the government has ordered 1,00,000 tablets from the company out of which 25,000 have already been distributed.