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Datawind launches 3 UbiSlate Android tablets starting from Rs 3,999

Datawind, the manufacturer of Aakash tablets, has launched three affordable Android tablets under its UbiSlate series – the UbiSlate 7Cx, UbiSlate 3G7 and UbiSlate 9Ci. The first two are 7-inch tablets which come equipped with voice calling capabilities, while the UbiSlate 9Ci offers a 9-inch display and data connectivity over Wi-Fi. These tablets are priced between Rs 3,999 to Rs 6,999.

The UbiSlate 7Cx is the cheapest among the three tablets and is available for Rs 3,999. Talking of specifications, it comes with a 7-inch TFT display and runs on a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of internal memory. On the software front, it comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on board. It offers cellular connectivity on EDGE, a microSD card slot and microUSB support, and also features G-sensor. DataWind says that the tablet comes with its web-delivery platform that allows the device to deliver “the fastest mobile web experience on regular GSM-EDGE based networks.”

The UbiSlate 9Ci, is the company’s 9-inch tablet that runs on Anrdoid 4.1 Jelly Bean. It is powered by a Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1GHz with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via the microSD card slot. Other features include a VGA front facing camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, and G-sensor. This tablet does not support a SIM card. It is priced at Rs 4,999.

The UbiSlate 3G7 is the premium offering among the three with 3G connectivity. Features-wise, it comes with a 7-inch TFT display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage and comes with a microSD card slot. However, it is a let down on the software front as it runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, while the UbiSlate 9Ci runs a relatively recent version of Android.

The tablet features dual cameras – a 2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front facing camera. Besides this having inbuilt 3G connectivity where users don’t have to rely on an external USB dongle, it supports Wi-Fi too. The MRP for the tablet is Rs 6,999.

There is no word on the battery for any of the tablets.

Ford Showcases SYNC® AppLink™; Invites Developers To Redefine In-car Connectivity in 2014

· Voice-activated technology for hands-free connection between driver and smartphone applications; SYNC® AppLink™ showcased at Mobile Developer Summit in Bangalore

· Ford SYNC® AppLink™ to enhance driving experience for AppLink-enabled vehicles in India starting 2014

· Popular Global and Indian apps from ESPNcricinfo, MapmyIndia, burrp!, Glympse, TuneIn Radio planned to be introduced on SYNC® AppLink™ platform in India

· Ford becomes the first automaker in India to launch an open program allowing software developers to directly interface with the vehicle

Did you ever wish you could stream Internet radio, listen to songs, cricket scores, traffic updates, search for restaurants, hotels and more without fumbling through phone menus while driving? Look no further!

With the introduction of SYNC® AppLink™ at the Mobile Developer Summit 2013 in Bangalore, Ford is all set to revolutionize the in-car experience for customers in India.

Another example of Ford going further on democratizing advanced technology, SYNC® AppLink™ will strengthen Ford’s technology footprint in India and reinforce its position as a leader in innovative, interactive features for vehicles.

SYNC® AppLink™ allows greater communication between smartphone apps and AppLink-equipped vehicles through voice commands and will be launched in India in 2014.

“We are excited about bringing SYNC® AppLink™ to India and will offer industry-exclusive voice control technology for smartphone apps thereby providing drivers the convenience to access content and information while on-the-go. SYNC® AppLink™ is an exciting addition to Ford’s class leading connectivity technology and goes further in personalizing the in-car experience.” says David Huang, senior manager at Ford Asia Pacific’s Technology and Business Development, Connected Services and keynote speaker at Mobile Developer Summit 2013.

With Ford SYNC® AppLink™, customers can control applications on their smartphones from the driver’s seat using voice controls through the Ford SYNC voice activated connectivity system.

SYNC® AppLink™ will allow greater integration with a range of smartphone apps. The platform is planned to be introduced in India with ESPNcricinfo, MapmyIndia, burrp!, Glympse, TuneIn Radio while encouraging app developers to come up and add new applications.

“India today has more than 65 million smartphone users who want to stay connected wherever they are. Keeping them in mind, Ford has been driving consumer focused innovation in automotive technology. The journey, which started with the introduction of Bluetooth connectivity in Ford Figo, has gone on to introduce the first in segment Voice Control in the Global Fiesta and the world class SYNC® technology in Ford EcoSport. With every step, we have allowed seamless connectivity, entertainment and convenience and are excited to take it forward with SYNC® AppLink™ keeping our customers in mind.” Vinay Piparsania, executive director, Marketing, Sales and Service said.

With its presence as the only automobile manufacturer at Mobile Developer Summit in Bangalore, Ford is reaching out to the mobile developer community to develop market specific apps in India and globally.

Undertaken through its Global Developer Program, Ford will invite software developers to create voice-activated mobile app experiences for Ford vehicles. The information to learn about the AppLink application programming interface (API) will be available on the Developer Program website, http://developer.ford.com. The developer site features online forums to discuss app development and related issues. Once submitted to Ford, an app is thoroughly tested and reviewed for usability and suitability for Ford AppLink-enabled vehicles. After Ford works out a distribution license with the developer, the app can be released to customers.

“Our participation at Mobile Developer Summit in Bangalore highlights that we are a developer-focused company. We understand that a vibrant app ecosystem is essential to the success of a platform for both users and developers. At Ford, we’re constantly looking to partner with developers aimed to research and reshape the role of the automobile to add value for our customers,” concluded David Huang.

Ford has set the benchmark for in-car connectivity systems with SYNC® powered by Microsoft now in more than 7 million vehicles with the forecast to reach an additional 9 million new customers around the world by 2015. Developers working with SYNC® AppLink™ will be able to create apps across a wide spectrum of categories to reach this growing base of Ford owners.

  • Published Date: October 10, 2013 6:41 PM IST
  • Updated Date: October 10, 2013 6:41 PM IST