The Aakash tablet has had a nightmarish start in India and it’s far from over. Controversies and problems have plagued the Aakash project since its conceptualization, and ever since problems seem to have multiplied. Manufacturer and assembler lawsuits have gained prominence in recent times and that is certainly not going in favor of the tablet project in India.
Trouble started brewing when Quad Electronics Solutions the assembly partner of the Aakash venture complained that it had not received payments from Datawind the manufacturer of tablets meant for the Aakash project. This triggered a blame game with both sides hurling accusations at each other.
Lawsuits have been charged by both parties in regard with various scenarios. The government had proposed to buy 100,000 Aakash units but stopped as soon as problems and complaints in regard with quality and functionality started cropping. Several individuals have paid in advance to book the UbiSlate 7 plus, an upgraded version of the Aakash tablet. Although Suneet Singh Tuli CEO of Datawind has said he has identified a prospective assembler, he has not revealed identity of the company.