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$35 Indian Tablet Has Until March 31st To Ship or Be Cancelled 46

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the too-good-to-be-true dept.
damitr writes "With a lot of fanfare the Indian Government had launched a $35 tablet named Aakash (The Sky). Despite skepticism, the government went ahead with the project. But delays in production and deployment of the tablet have left the project in risk of failure. The manufacturer has been unable to supply the required 100,000 units, and a deadline of March 31 has been set. The new minister Pallam Raju says: 'Aakash is only a tablet... there are other such devices as well. While work will continue to develop it and increase its productivity, manufacturing is obviously a problem.'" For what it's worth, they did manage to ship 17,000 of them. It looks like meeting the deadline is impossible and the $35 tablet is dead.
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$35 Indian Tablet Has Until March 31st To Ship or Be Cancelled

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  • Re:Easy solution (Score:4, Informative)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @08:11AM (#43302049) Journal

    Curiously, they handed it to a London-headquartered Canadian firm [wikipedia.org](with a slightly... unenviable... reputation for order fulfillment), who then handed the manufacturing side back to an Indian firm [quadelectronics.com]. No word on whether the Indian firm is mostly a thin shell of management and a few field engineers who exist to look over the shoulders of the Chinese sub-subcontractors to keep them from swapping in cheaper parts when nobody is looking...

    Too many cooks, etc.

  • Re:Easy solution (Score:5, Informative)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @09:16AM (#43302609) Journal

    Looks like everybody is out to demonstrate how good they are at outsourcing. Just wait until the Chinese and Africans too get in on the act - then we might see jobs coming back to the US

    And the Indian government was involved in creating a tablet because....?

    The Indian government's interest in all this had something to do with an e-textbook initiative. Apparently their dead-tree versions are seriously uneven in terms of age and availability, so the prospect of something that could be updated more easily and be all 21st century and stuff was attractive.

    What is somewhat less clear is why this got them involved in hardware, rather than just software and content. There are only about a zillion Chinese OEMs slitting each other's throats to build slightly cheaper crap-tablets, and many of them produce quite similar designs around a handful of cheap SoCs. Sure, doing platform validation is a pain in the ass; but they could have had multiple, interchangeable, vendors eating out of the palm of their hand instead of having one pet fuckup...

  • Re:Easy solution (Score:4, Informative)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Thursday March 28, 2013 @09:19AM (#43302645) Journal

    $35 was the target subsidized price. The target actual price was around twice that(which is pretty much the going rate [dx.com] for 7 inch tablets of unknown-but-suspect quality from nameless pacific rim OEMS).

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