Pepper.pk, a mobile applications subsidiary of the Pakistani company Five River Technologies, has said that it will develop apps to support the Indian made low-cost Aakash tablet.
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Aakash was launched on October 5 and is currently the world’s cheapest tablet with an expected market price of $60. It is sponsored by the government of India and will be available at subsidized rates for students as its main purpose is to promote literacy and education in rural as well as urban areas.
The specs of the tablet itself are as follows:
It has a 7 inch touchscreen, a 366 MHz processor, weighs in at 350 grams, uses Wi-Fi for internet access, has 2 USB ports, 256 MB RAM, 2GB flash memory, 2GB micro SD card and an expandable memory of 32GB. And the OS it uses is Android 2.2 Froyo.
It’s not freely available in the retail market yet, but it will be made available to university students first – according to their official website. While a retail version with better specs is also supposed to be in the pipeline.
Pepper.pk, which is a Lahore based company, has three world No. 1 titles to its name including the four-time AppWorld No. 1 app, Photo Editor and has won numerous local awards as well as significant international recognition.
The company’s apps are available across all major mobile platforms including iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry phones and BlackBerry PlayBook, Windows Phone 7, Android and Nokia.
The company said that it would start customizing relevant apps from its current 150 offerings for the Aakash tablet as soon as it becomes commercially available.
It’s a great step from the company to forge a friendship between the two countries through IT and hopefully more companies in the two countries will take the lead and collaborate on other technological ventures.
A version of this post originally appeared on ProPakistani.