Over the weekend, Indian government officials announced an incredibly affordable Android tablet to be used in education across the country. It's not much to look at: 1 GHz processor, 7-inch display, Wi-Fi, running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it will cost students a scant 1132 rupees, or around $20. Of course, that price has been subsidized by the government; it cost the manufacturer, Datawind, $40 to make each one. Among other things, the Aakash 2 aims to facilitate remote education, so teachers and students can interact regardless of distance.
Android has enabled the creation of extremely affordable tablets, and within the context of education, that can produce some very positive results. India has been trying to do something like this for a long time, but it often ends up getting bogged down in bureaucracy and ultimately killed off before it has a chance to reach schools. Here's hoping the Aakash 2 fares better.
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