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Aakash 3 tablets to feature SIM slot, more applications news
31 December 2012

The third version of low-cost 'Aakash' tablet will likely come equipped with a SIM slot and more exciting applications such as a pulse reader while keeping the price band unchanged.

Researchers and professors at IIT Bombay are currently working on newer applications and more open source software to the Aakash 3 tablet, according to reports.

Apart from IIT-B, Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT-Madras along with several students and other partners are also involved in the making of the new Aakash 3.

It will come with a faster processor, which will support both Linux and Android operating systems while the SIM card slot will allow people to use the device as a communication device.

The government plans to roll out about 5 million 'Aakash 3' tablets in the next phase, the global tender for which is likely to be floated in February next year.

"Our aim is to imbibe the usage of tablets in the education system and create an ecosystem for this. We have distributed Aakash tablets to 250 colleges across the country and asked them to come up with newer ways to use the device," reports quoted Deepak B Phatak, committee member and a professor in IIT- Bombay's Department of Computer Science and Engineering as saying.

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Aakash 3 tablets to feature SIM slot, more applications