DataWind also opted for the free Android operating system and tweaked it to work on its devices' cheaper but weaker processors (Arm 11 -- 366 MHz microprocessors in the case of Aakash).
DataWind further cuts production cost by manufacturing its devices outside Canada. "The Aakash is manufactured in India not only because of the lower labour cost, proximity to the market and because the device would be the pride of India," according to Tuli.
In his talks with other countries, Tuli is pushing for a similar local manufacturing model.
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