Thailand Orders 1.2 Million Android/Linux Tablet Computers

“China’s Shenzhen Yitoa Intelligent Control and Thai firm Supreme Distribution will provide the tablets, the Education Ministry said in a statement, as the government rolls out its plan to equip 13 million pupils with the handheld devices by the end of next year."Each tablet costs between US$63 and US$93," it said adding the Chinese firm will supply 800,000 tablets to grade 1 (seven to eight-years-old), while the local company will provide more than 425,000 of the devices to seventh graders (13-years-olds).About 850,000 Chinese-made devices have already been distributed, in what the government describes as the world’s largest handout of the devices for education.”

see Thailand orders 1.2 million tablet computers for pupils

Android/Linux customized with local language and a simple layout of the GUI for young children has been working well to bridge the digital divide in Thailand. Since the goal is to equip as many students as possible with small cheap computers to aid education, that other OS need not apply.

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11 Responses to Thailand Orders 1.2 Million Android/Linux Tablet Computers

  1. ram says:

    They should be less easily tapped into than the Microsoft netbooks the Australian government distributed to public schools. In short order various government officials were caught turning on the webcams and watching the kiddies at home.

  2. matchrocket says:

    Chairman Maou wrote: “Actually, Android’s not where the money is.” and “So they are polluting another country’s educational system with cheap crap?”

    Maou, they don’t hire Microsoft trolls for company sales divisions and national educational systems. And for good reason. As such your opinion isn’t worth crap. It’s totally dependent on your paycheck. Your words here will do more to enforce opposition to Microsoft than they will to increase support for it. That’s because you are such a loser. The more you post, the more you reveal your disconnect with the reality of today’s market.

  3. dougman says:

    Regarding pricing here is an old story: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2006/05/18/18240941.php

    In the early 80s a computer would set you back $2500, now you can get a cheap $200 tablet that does a trillion – trillion times more in computations.

    Dell noticed that IBM was selling its desktops for $3,000. The parts cost $700. He made it on the spread.

    Today, the margins are so low now, that M$ can no longer compete. Small, Cheap, Faster, Reliable, Good Enough is what people want. M$ offers none of this.

    In a free market economy, there is constant competitive pressure to improve quality. The history of the free market social order is a story of small improvements in most things offered for sale, interspersed with major improvements that change everything. Think of electricity, automobiles, medical care (Salk vaccine for polio), and on and on. Our world today would be barely recognizable to a person transported through time from 1900. Similarly, the world of 1900 would not be recognizable to someone living in 1800.

    Watch this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJsHRltEVBc

    Qubits, will replace binary in the future.

  4. dougman says:

    Maou’s oxymoron / non-sequitur proves his illogic.

    I have a good use for M$ tablets, how about a few episodes on Blend-Tec’s “Will it Blend” Youtube channel.

    Just like all the other failed M$, Surface/RT will be added to the heap. as it is full of problems and bugs.

    Take a look:

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/windows-rt-problems-bugs/

    http://www.citeworld.com/tablets/21975/why-i-almost-never-use-my-surface-rt

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2026781/high-surface-rt-returns-could-point-to-deeper-problems-for-windows-rt.html

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/09/microsoft-surface-rt-pro-update-wifi/

    Do yourself a favor and either get a Chromebook or a Android Tablet, you will thank me later.

  5. oiaohm says:

    Maou Sadao consider the cost of printing textbooks compared to android tablets.

    In fact direct supply china 93 dollar tablet is equal to a 200 dollar tablet in stores in the USA.

    So a 200 dollar tablet where Maou Sadao. If its 200 dollar in the USA that is equal.

    The markup to cover retail and warehousing is quite extreme.

    Even so a 93 dollar is still 100 percent mark-up to the hardware maker. There is money in Android all of it Maou Sadao. So there is quite a bit of profit in 1.2 million units.

  6. Maou Sadao says:

    “Each tablet costs between US$63 and US$93”

    So they are polluting another country’s educational system with cheap crap? Personally, I’m underwhelmed by the cheap Android devices floating around like shit on the water. For less than US $200 you don’t get a good tablet.

  7. Maou Sadao says:

    “This does not bode well for M$. No one wants to develop for Surface or WIn8, Android on the other hand that’s where the money is at.”

    Actually, Android’s not where the money is. The only exceptions are Samsung and Google.

  8. matchrocket says:

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Good-bye Microsoft! No one needs or wants your stupid, overpriced Surface/RT tablets rotting in your warehouse.

  9. Bob Parker says:

    I use the public transport songtow (mini buses) for getting around Chiang Mai Thailand, so I travel with many Thais. All of the 30 yo and less are using smart thingies on the way. Mostly phones but still quite a few tablets.

  10. dougman says:

    This does not bode well for M$. No one wants to develop for Surface or WIn8, Android on the other hand that’s where the money is at.

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