India

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.

iBall Slide Android Tablet has Ports Galore and a $300 pricetag

If there's one sort of device that we've over this past year come to find we're in no shortage of, it's Android "tablets". I put quotation marks around that word because as Android evolves and groups like Samsung bring out devices that bridge the gap, the word "tablet" will be used less and less by publishers while "Android device" used in a general sense will become much more likely a term for news releases. What we've got here, before that wave covers us all, is an Android device which has a 7-inch display, runs Android 2.3.x Gingerbread, and has about as many ports as you could ask for along the side.

Yamaha R15 Motorcycle Gets Android’d

So you're a lover of Android, yes? You love it so much you're willing to plaster your vehicle with it? We were glancing around Tumblr today and happened upon a lovely machine which can be tracked back to BikePics, a site that hosts... well.. pictures of bikes. Motorcycles most of the time, I'd say. This one's a Yamaha R15 sharp as a tack 2009 model in black, and the owner (whom we assume is either sitting there on that Ratnagiri India beach or is behind the lens of the camera taking the photo.

HTC Desire Z Coming to India Next Week

Earlier this month it was made aware that the HTC Desire HD and Desire Z would launch in India. The Desire HD has been released since then, but we have yet to see the Z hit Indian shelves. However, it looks like eager buyers will be able to get their hands on the Z starting next week.
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