Apparantly the Indian government is working on the second generation Akash tablet that is the world’s cheapest tablet at $35 a piece! The Indian government is looking for Taiwanese partners to mass produce this tablet.
The Indian Government is apparently in Taiwan trying to interest manufacturers in building its second generation Aakash tablets.
The idea is that if the Taiwanese get involved and with the larger production possible will mean that it will be possible to lower the selling price of Aakash tablet PCs to $35 which will be ground breaking!
The first generation Aakash models were too small to interest the Taiwanese with only 8,000 units being made for trial use by students. But India wants to ship 200 million units of new Aakash tablets in the next few years. Although the price will be $35 it will cost $50 to make and be subsidised.
The first-generation of Aakash tablets were made by a UK-outfit DataWind with the Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan. It was built by Indian firm Quad in Hyderabad. The seven inch ARM based tablets have an Android 2.2 operating system.