India

Google offers free data to Android users in India

Smartphones are great. Smartphone data plans? Not so great, especially in parts of the world where the mobile infrastructure is somewhat lacking. But it looks like Google's doing something about that in India: they're partnering with Reliance Communications to give free mobile data access with the purchase of a new Android phone or tablet. The good news is that anyone who buys a new phone from any Android manufacturer will be eligible. The bad news is that it's just one non-recurring gigabyte on the 3G network.

India’s Aakash 2 tablet to get Android 4.0 upgrade

Here's something we never expected to see: the Aakash tablet (AKA the Ubislate) will be getting a software upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, according to Suneet Singh Tuli, the CEO of Canadian electronics manufacturer Datawind. Tuli says that after the slightly upgraded Aakash 2 launches in two to three weeks, users will get an Ice Cream Sandwich software upgrade six to eight weeks later. Tuli didn't say if it would be delivered over-the-air or as a separate PC download, the latter of which would be difficult for many Indian students at which the device is aimed.

$35 Indian “Aakash” tablet may come to Philadelphia schools

There's been a lot of excitement ion the last few months over India's state-sponsored Android tablet, the Aakash (AKA "Ubislate") manufactured by Canadian OEM DataWind. Its incredibly low (and subsidized) price of between $35 and $50 US dollars has given it millions of users in the crowded country, particularly among the students and teachers that qualify for the discount. Now the Financial Express reports that the tablet, or something very similar, may be getting trial runs in the Philadelphia public school system.

Aakash 2 Android tablet hits India next month for $40

The popular Aakash Tablet has been discussed plenty. The $35 Android tablet designed for India's student population, and we have good news today regarding the Aakash 2 next-gen tablet. It isn't really next-gen in terms of tablets as a whole but in terms of what you get, and for the low price of $40, or possible free, it will be epic. New details have confirmed it will hit the streets of India in April for just $40.

India’s Aakash tablet soon to be free for students

The Aakash $60 dollar education tablet that has taken India by storm is about to get even better. The student and education-based government subsidized tablet might soon become free for students, instead of the current $35 price tag they are paying today. This would be a huge move and would see sales skyrocket -- although it's been widely popular already.

India’s Aakash Tablet gets a mild upgrade: Ubislate 7+

The Indian tablet market has its own product to set the world on Fire: the Aakash, a 7-inch, resistive screen tablet that runs Froyo. It can't do much, but many aparently think it's just enough: the tablet sells for the local equivalent of $35 to students and teachers. The original has reportedly sold over a million units. Now there's a slightly improved commercial version available, going by the name "Ubislate 7+" (though the original device had so many codenames and monikers that it might not be the final or only one). The new model gets a modest bump in specs and runs Gingerbread as well.

LG joins the dual SIM party with Optimus Net Dual for India

Samsung's been blowing it up lately with dual-SIM versions of their Galaxy phones lately, but LG doesn't intend to let them get too far ahead. The LG Optimus Net Dual, which appears to be an updates version of the original Optimus S, is officially on sale in India for the equivalent of about $$210. The budget smartphone uses multiple GSM networks at a time and, surprisingly, appears to run Gingerbread. Dual-SIM devices are popular in developing countries, where cell networks can be few and far between and users often buy multiple pre-paid cards for more reliable coverage.

$35 Aakash tablet gets a hands-on, deemed surprisingly OK

The Indian government got some gadget good will when they began subsidizing the incredibly cheap Aakash Android tablet, bringing its student price down to a mere $35. The question on hardware junkies' minds is, is the experience on such a low-grade device acceptable at all? VentureBeat smuggled one of the tablets out and put together a hands-on, and surprisingly, the Aakash came away with a pretty solid showing.

$35 DataWind Aakash tablet on sale in India

India has long been the home of dirt-cheap tech for the masses, and now you can add an Android tablet to the mix. The Aakash (Hindi for "sky") tablet is being sold for the equivalent of $45 to the general public, with subsidized $35 versions selling to students and teachers. In local currency it's about 1,700 Rupees. The basic tablet is being made by budget manufacturer DataWind.
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