Saturday, September 11, 2010

$35 Indian tablet actually Chinese HiVision Speedpad? | TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home

$35 Indian tablet actually Chinese HiVision Speedpad? | TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home

As far as I'm concerned this is good news. Hopefully the "scandal" will not interfere with producing hundreds of thousandsm if not millions, of this cheap tablet. By the time it hits North America it will be $50 and come with a variety of open-source apps riding on top of various flavours of device-tuned operating systems; Android likely the most popular, but Linux based flavours as well.

What we need is an inexpensive, ubiquitous hardware platform to let the open-source community do what it does best: experiment and innovate. We'll likely see great things sooner if this were so. Neither iOS nor Android are open enough to guarantee the kind of innovation I would like to see.