Aakash 2, the successor of the original Aakash tablet, is going to get an upgrade to the newest version of the Android OS, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich within around 6-8 weeks after the device is delivered to the government, according to DataWind CEO Sandeep Singh Tuli. The world’s cheapest tablet is also expected to receive important hardware upgrades, which include an improved dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, in the coming months. However, Tuli added, the Aakash 2, for now, will come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and will be powered by a single-core 800MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor.
The Aakash 2 tab is scheduled for a May release this year. Produced by the Indian government, it is equipped with a 7-inch capacitive multitouch display and a decent battery. The successor of the much-hyped Aakash tablet is a big upgrade over the original. The Aakash tab was originally rejected by IIT-Rajasthan due to inferior specs, which included a 7-inch resistive touchscreen, a poor 366MHz ARM processor and now- almost- ancient Android 2.2 Froyo OS. The specs of the Aakash 2 will resemble those of its predecessor in that it will ship with 256MB RAM and 2GB of flash storage.
The Aakash 2 project has hogged the limelight for the past few months due the number of controversies surrounding it. DataWind, the manufacturer, and IIT-Rajasthan, who were in charge of the project, disagreed on many aspects, which delayed the shipment of the tablet. Moreover, IIT-Rajasthan was recently accused by DataWind of delaying the project intentionally. As a result, the Indian govt fired IIT-Rajasthan and brought in 3 other IITs into the Aakash 2 project.
Running on Android 4.0 ICS and boasting better specs, the Aakash 2 tab has the potential to dominate the market for low-cost tablets.