Indian government has already launched its dream Android tablet, Aakash, which will serve for the educational purposes in India. The Aakash tablet runs on Android 2.2 and has very low specifications which justifies its price, USD 35. Of course, we should not compare it with even the entry-level Android tablets in the market as the Aakash has been designed for educational uses only.
DataWind, the manufacturer of Aakash tablet, has also announced to sell commercial version of Aakash under the brand name “UbiSlate 7”.
The Aakash tablet has Android’s default browser along with an additional pre-installed browser. This browser is DataWind’s own UbiSurfer browser. UbiSurfer is the default browser on many other products of DataWind, and Aakash is the first Android device to have UbiSurfer. According to the manufacturer, this browser has been developed using the technology based on 18 international patents, and accelerates web browsing by factors of 10x to 30x & provides IE8 rendering.
We have not tried UbiSurfer browser or Aakash tablet yet, so can’t make any comment on these products. Still, we believe that UbiSurfer uses server-side compression technology similar to Opera Mini and Amazon’s Silk browser for Kindle Fire.