Aakash 2 is to make an appearance “very soon” says the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal. This upgraded version of Aakash, which is the low cost tablet billed as the cheapest computer in the world for students and the teaching community, is set to be launched “very soon”.
Today addressing the first convocation of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science ( BITS) at its Hyderabad campus, he has said that “Now, Aakash 2 has been rolled out with battery life of three hours, 800MHz processor, providing internet access everywhere and it has a capacitive screen. The process to distribute this device has begun and it would be formally launched very soon,” Mr. Sibal.
“It (the idea of low cost computer) was rejected throughout the world and it was said that India would not be able to make it. Our HRD ministry was committed to the Aakash project and ultimately we came out with the first version of the Aakash which costs Rs 2,276.
“That was the dream and I as minister for Human Resource Development, asked myself the question can I provide a tablet to the students throughout the country that costs a reasonable amount so that all children can afford it and yet is able to deliver through the best technology, the vast information available on the net to them sitting wherever they are,” he said.
After Aakash sank into deep waters after a lot of troubles last year, IIT-Bombay was handed over the responsibility of the first phase of the project. This version was inaugurated by Sibal at IIT-Bombay in June this year.
Despite patent fight, the market in Europe shows choice towards Android and Samsung. This Korean giant is strengthening its grip in several European countries. According to the latest sales data (from the last 12 weeks) from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Samsung is leading the Android pack with 45% share across Europe.
In Great Britain, Android finds itself at the top with 59.5% share of smartphone sales, followed by iOS with 22.9%. RIM’s Blackberry slid 10.7% from last year’s number and is now a distant third with 10.9% share. Meanwhile, a 22.7% jump solidifies Android’s market share in Germany, where it is comfortably ahead with 71.5% in July 2012, followed by iOS and Windows Phone at 15.3% and 4.6%.
Android holds a 61.5% market share in France, while iOS saw its sales tumble by 6.3% to settle at 14%. RIM, against all odds, improved its sales in the country by 0.1% and now holds a 9.2% market share. In Italy, Android is number one with 54.8%, followed by iOS and Symbian with 17.2% and 12.8%.
The low-cost mobile handset leader of the country, Micromax has launched another Android handset in less than INR 10,000. his is the second in the Superfone series, called ‘Superfone A84 Elite’.
This seems to be impressive handset enjoys a 3.97-inch capacitive IPS WVGA display, with 16 Million true color display, will definitely attract your attention. Another impressive feature is its battery, a 1630mAh Lithium ion battery which could easily handle 5 hours of talk time and 150 hours of standby. Micromax has called it a mammoth battery. It is indeed.
The phone has a 1GHz processor and a 5 megapixel rear Camera With LED Flash, which is very good and a 0.3 megapixel front camera which is ok for video calling.
The connectivity could be via Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS and a USB. Impressive again.
Internal memory is not specified on the company’s website. The expandable memory via microSD card is up to 32GB, as in most of the smartphones which are now available in the market.
The only non-impressive feature was that it hosts the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread version, which is the older. The Android operating system which is currently in the market is the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
News report mentions that it has got a AISHA voice recognition service. I could not find this feature on the website, and I do not think that this is something which the company wold simply ignore to mention.
I won’t call it a steal, however, at 9,999 this is good deal.
The UPA government is planning to distribute mobiles to BPL families in India, with tax payers money. The move is aimed at generating votes for the General Elections 2014 (GE2014). Is free talktime every month the next plan?
It is learnt that the PMO is in talks with the Planning Commission and the telecom ministry in giving the scheme worth Rs 7,000 crores a final shape.
The scheme called ‘Har Haath Mein Mobile’ is meant to benefit a few million families is expected to be announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Independence Day, August 15. These families will also receive free 200 minutes of free local talk time. But the cost of spectrum, the carrier of voice and data services are not being reduced. With this plan in hand the government needs to also ensure that the cost factors do not stand in the way of these mobile device being put to some use after the 200 minutes talktime is exhausted.
The poverty indicators suggest that, of the 1.21 billion people of India, only 38 per cent are illiterate, about 420 million poor live in only eight states, almost 250 million people do not have access to basic medical care, around 350 million do not have access to safe drinking water.
But this has not deterred the growth of telecom market in the country. India’s mobile market is growing at a phenomenal rate, with a ratio of 70 mobiles per 100 people and is 2nd in the world in terms of its growing telecom market. This figures were released in the recent World Bank Report Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile.
The government has plainly avoided the fact that even the basic requirements for a health living are lacking in poor areas. People need food (much of which got wasted in the godown due to lack to storage facilities, people have to walk long distances for water. A whopping 53 per cent of our children are undernourished and 52 per cent of our primary schools have only one teacher for every two classes.
Mobile phones has the capability to transform lives by connecting people with the world, but, is just not the priority now? But how could the use be then, sustained.
“Give electricity first, how will a poor man charge the mobile when there is no electricity?. The government does not have a mechanism to track corruption while implementing these schemes. This is a pure election gimmick to divert attention of the people from the realities of today’s times,” said Balbir Punj, BJP leader.
Critics also see this move as UPA’s motive to communicate with this important electorate who play a big role during polls.
source: socialissuesindia.wordpress.com, World Bank Report Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile, newsbullet.in