One of the reasons Google Android seems to be everywhere these days is because the operating system is free to use. Of course, the smartphone, tablet, or smartbook hardware that you need to run the operating system isn’t exactly free. But it can be pretty close. A company called AllGo is showing off a platform that lets you build an Android powered device for just about $15.
What that $15 gets you is a low power 450MHz Freescale i.MX233 processor and chipset and WiFi module. It doesn’t include a screen, or as far as I can tell any kind of casing. It also doesn’t include distribution costs or retail markup, so I don’t think you’ll be able to walk into a store and buy a $15 Android tablet anytime soon. But it’s not unreasonable to expect this sort of system to result in sub-$100 tablets. Slow tablets, with sluggish graphics… but the price is right.
You can check out a hands-on video with a demo tablet courtesy of ARMdevices.net.