20.8.11

$80 Android Phone on sale in Kenya

"The smartphone is the exemplar of a truly liberating device, and thanks to Android and Huawei, it has the potential to reach virtually untapped markets. Now that the same operating system enjoyed by the techies of wealthy countries is more accessible to citizens of developing nations, “the people’s smartphone” could uplift small businesses, farmers, and the sick in ways we can’t even imagine. I’m not saying low-end Androids will solve all the world’s problems, but I believe that technology, be it stem cells or mobile devices, has the inherent capacity to ease humanity’s burdens. As we ride the price-performance curve to the asymptotic minimum, I long for the day that anyone can access Android-like technology for pennies. That day may never arrive, but the $80 IDEOS shows that we’re moving in the right direction"

http://singularityhub.com/2011/08/16/80-android-phone-sells-like-hotcakes-in-kenya-the-world-next/