Device maker, DataWind, the company widely known for bagging the contract to manufacture the Aakash tablet for the Indian government, has partenered with GetJar, the independent app store, to pre-install the GetJar app store on all Datawind tablets, including Aakash and UbiSlate.
GetJar, currently offers over 350,000 free applications, many of which are paid apps in other app stores. GetJar accomplishes this through an advertising-based model making developers pay for placement of their applications subsidizing the consumer’s costs. Despite running a version of Google’s Android OS, the Aakash tablet does not come with Google’s own App Store – Google Play (formerly Android Market) Gmail, and other Google services. A pre-installed version of the GetJar app store on the Aakash tablet will thus add value, since it will allow users to extend the capabilities of the tablet by downloading 3rd party apps, which the tablet was missing.
Meanwhile, EdServ, the education service provider has tied-up with Amazon to offer its 2tionPlus educational apps on the Amazon App Store, for Android tablet users. The Amazon App Store can be accessed by downloading the App Store on any Android tablet or phone, and comes pre-installed with Amazon’s own tablet, Kindle Fire. According to EdServ, the 2tion Plus app is based on social networking, through which students can create online study groups for collaborative learning. The app also offers 1 million embedded videos, according to EdServ.
EdServ also offers another app, HumThum, to offer its own educational content, in addition to localized information, classifieds and utilities such as an image to PDF converter and a bar code scanner. It also offers IITJEE and AIEEE test preparation material on Tutor on Mobile (TOM) – Tata DOCOMO’s educational platform.
With inputs from Anupam Saxena