Aakash 2, the upgraded and improved version of the world’s cheapest tablet Aakash will be available soon in India. In Aakash 2, many issues have been fixed which were dominant in the earlier version of Aakash. Developed by UK-based company DataWind and IIT-Rajasthan and manufactured by Indian company Quad, Aakash was unveiled in October last year and was being booked 1 lakh unit per day. It was available at just 2500 but unfortunately it has several software glitches and poor performance. Hence it was criticized and praised equally by the experts. But now Aakash 2 will have more features and relatively higher speed than its previous version.
According to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal :
Unlike other tablet devices, Aakash can also be used to create computer programs, in Python, C, C++ and Scilab and it can be further used for accessing e-governance services.
What’s New in Aakash 2?
As I said, many issues have been fixed in Aakash 2 in order to have better performance. Probably the most important upgrade which has been made in it, is its 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor which is twice as fast as the 366 MHz chip powered first Aakash. The earlier version of Aakash which has 7-inch resistive touchscreen sometimes doesn’t respond even after touching the screen. To resolve this problem Aakash 2 has been featured with 7-inch capacitive multi-touch display for better responsiveness and accuracy and for better color reproduction. While Aakash has been powered by Android 2.2 Froyo operating software, Aakash 2 will be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in six to eight weeks after shipping.
As far as price of Aakash 2 is concerned, actually it is priced around USD $45 but the Indian government has subsidized the device in order to promote its use in schools and hence it will be available at USD $35.