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Low-Cost Indian Tablet Project Falls To Corruption 144

Posted by samzenpus
from the failure-to-launch dept.
symbolset writes "The first Aakash tablet proposed for India schools has failed. Datawind managed to deliver the $45 Android tablet as reported here previously, but suffering a breach in faith by both their contract manufacturer and the accepting agency in India had to put the project on hold. Facing a loss in revenue it's turning into a disaster for the small Canadian company as they are now proving unable to deliver both the Aakash tablet and the parallel retail product. Senior executives have begun to flee. The company has presold a great many tablets, and delivery failure reports are beginning to mount. Is this the Phantom console of this decade?"
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Low-Cost Indian Tablet Project Falls To Corruption

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  • by wisnoskij (1206448) on Sunday May 06, 2012 @08:48AM (#39907587) Homepage

    The phrase 3rd world has nothing to do with standards or wealth and India is a 3rd world country, I believe.

    That being said, I do not know about bribes, but I have been involved in projects where part of the team was outsourced in India and you often get what you paid for with outsourcing from what I have seen.

  • Re:Money first (Score:5, Interesting)

    by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968 AT gmail DOT com> on Sunday May 06, 2012 @10:45AM (#39908235) Journal

    Answer? Make it in China and don't tell them about any deals! From the looks of it it was the Indian government with its head up its ass, it kept changing the specs with finally asking for specs similar to USA milspec (which as anybody knows costs thousands per unit because of how much abuse they can take. They ARE built for the battlefield after all) while still expecting them to keep the price low enough you could practically give them away...ohh AND they wanted double the battery AND a doubling of speed on the CPU! Hell why not ask for a pony to bring the stars of the last porn convention to blow you while you are at it?

    The moral of this story is FUCK THE GOVERNMENTS and instead simply make as good a product as you can to fit a price point. if this guy can crank out sub $80 pads that are actually pleasant to use? Then he WILL find a market for them. Hell if it'll play SD video at whatever resolution the screen is I'll take 4 please. But by dealing with governments unless you are a "good old boy" that knows their games and whom to slip the envelope of money to you aren't gonna win friend, that is just the way it is.

  • by superflit (1193931) on Sunday May 06, 2012 @01:56PM (#39909665) Homepage

    Coming from a third world country I can tell:

    The more poorer a country more corruption it has.

    And please do not refute using 'per capita' income (the arabs country have higher 'per capita' but it seems only for the 'choosen ones')

    Sad but true...

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