Microsoft Surface Redux: Lenovo’s take at a table computer

Remember the first version of the Microsoft Surface? The version that was aptly named the ‘Table Computer’. Lenovo has just introduced their version of the table computer at CES 2013. Key talking points – it is a large flat screen, running Windows 8, with multi-touch capabilities. Another play towards taking the computer from a personal to a social device.

 

Here is a CNET review:

 

 

 

Here is the original Microsoft Surface:

 

 

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Tablet Adoption & Uses [Infographic]

This infographic, by onlineclasses.org, provides a glimpse into the high adoption rate witnessed by the tablet form factor, and its typical uses, and the potential for tablets in schools.

  • Rate of tablet adoption is faster than what was witnessed by PCs and mobile phones.
  • Sales are expected to surge, and overtake PC sales by 2016

Image via OnlineClasses.Org

Box reports huge Enterprise Android growth

Box.net (which is moving from being a cloud based storage to a cloud based enterprise sharing and collaboration platform) looked at its 8 million users and developed the below infographic – a key highlight is that mobile adoption of box grew nearly 9 times in the past year and though iOS still rules the roost, Android adoption by businesses has seen a huge boost (10x for tablets, 4.3x for phones). India remains Android land – a majority of mobile Box users access the platform using Android devices.

Image by Box

See the original infographic here.

More recap of news from Google

Besides the Great Google Data Merge, the past couple of months have seen some other interesting news about Google. It was business as usual as Google announced the discontinuation of several products and the introduction of some others. Google Sky Map was open-sourced into a collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University (similar to the App Inventor model with MIT), and Picknik and the Social Graph API were retired. On the other hand, Google released updates for the Google Bar and Google Docs for Android and introduced Chrome for Android. There was also the small issue of receiving approvals from the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice for its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility.

 

 

 

300,000 pre-orders for India’s $45 tablet

India’s $45 tablet, the Aakash, has reportedly received 300,000 pre-orders. This number is for the $60 retail version, and is larger than the size of India’s retail tablet market. The tablet accesses the internet on a $2 per month Edge connection.

Following the launch of the Aakash, telecom providers in India have responded with their own low-cost offerings, ranging from $120 to $200.

 

Tablets with Intel Atom Inside

Image by IntelFreePress via Flickr

 

Read more at Aakash gets 3 lakh pre-booking orders – The Times of India.

India’s $45 tablet to reduce the digital divide?

Aakash (Sky), a low-cost 7 inch Android tablet with internet access, is being touted as a means to bridge the digital divide by India’s Education Ministry. The Indian government will purchase bulk quantities of the tablet for $45 each and give it free to school students for use as a learning device. This follows on the heels of the successful pilot test of the I-Slate, another low-cost education oriented tablet.

Aakash, developed by a UK-based firm, will be assembled in India and will retail at $60 as the UbiSlate. With just a 3 hour battery life and low, this no-thrills tablet has a clear purpose – to bring millions online, in a fast and affordable manner.

The tablet runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and comes with a 7-inch resistive touch screen with 800×480 resolution and weighs 350 gram. The tablet has a 256 MB of RAM, a 32 GB expandable memory slot and two USB ports.

via World’s cheapest tablet launched – The Times of India.

 

First Pictures:  The Aakash, India's $50 Tablet : NDTVGadget.com

Image via NDTV

$50 tablet an effective educational tool

An initial year-long study by Rice University (from the US ) and Nanyang Technological University (from Singapore) in India has shown that the I-Slate is an effective educational tool. Currently costing $50, the creators of the single-purpose tablet aim to bring costs down to $30 and make the tablet solar-powered.  This would allow its use by primary school children in places with no electricity, helping increase literacy rates and social upliftment.