Today the Aakash tablet was launched in India, reported to be the world's cheapest tablet device.  Retailing at no more than £38 (Rs 3,000; US $60) it aims to get the mass population on-line cheaply.  A government version will be subsidies for school and colleges making the price £23 (Rs 2,200; US $35).

The 7 inch colour touch screen device runs Google Android, with WiFi, 256 MB of RAM, a 32 GB expandable memory slot and two USB ports.  The commercial version will also come equipped with mobile data network connectivity.

There are 1.2billion people in India but only 8% have internet access.

Let's hope this is more successful than the One Laptop per Child initiative for the developing world, which aimed to delivery a laptop for under $100.

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