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Android Community Weekly: February 18, 2012

It's time to rehash the entire weeks top stories and bring everyone up to speed before next week's big MWC event in Barcelona, Spain. First up, specifications of the HTC One X, set to be their new 'hero' device, surfaced early Wednesday morning. The One X has also had its ROM leak to the public, which made a later Android 4.0 port to the HTC Sensation a reality. The port sports HTC Sense 4.0, yet they've had to disable the Rosie launcher, keyboard, and HTC's lockscreen. They've been replaced with more stable substitutions for the time being.

Android Community Evening Wrap-Up: February 16, 2012

Today we had a handful of stories that deserved to be rehashed to make sure those of you that missed them the first time. First up, a rumor surfaced that Android 5.0 'Jelly Bean' could be due in 2nd quarter of this year. The term 'Jelly Bean' hasn't even been confirmed, so take this with a grain of salt. However, sources claim Google is hinting for its hardware partners to consider it for new tablets and notebooks.

Lenovo IdeaPad A1 Hands-on and unboxing

If you've been looking for a budget Android tablet and some of the current offerings aren't quite what you've been looking for then I might have just the device for you. The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 tablet. Today we had the opportunity to unbox it and get a quick hands-on for everyone to check out. It might not be the fastest or the best, and it runs on Gingerbread but take a look below to see more.

Lenovo promises Ice Cream Sandwich update for ThinkPad Tablet in Q2

Lenovo's got some pretty exciting things lined up for 2012 as far as Android hardware goes, but apparently they haven't forgot about users of their buttoned-down ThinkPad tablet. ITWorld reports that the company has committed to upgrading the Honeycomb tablet to Ice Cream Sandwich some time in the second quarter of this year. Specific dates weren't given, but the should put the release at somewhere between 2 and 5 months from now, barring and delays.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet finally gets root access

Normally any Android phone or tablet with even a mild community interest will be quickly given root access, allowing for more powerful apps and (usually) custom ROMs to be installed. But in the case of the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet released way back in August of 2011,  that freedom has eluded owners for some time. An enterprising modder named Dan Rosenberg has finally managed to crack the black plastic nut, and score himself a nice bounty of nearly $800 in the process. It wasn't long before the boys at XDA had ClockworkMod recovery running, too.

Deal Alert: Lenovo IdeaPad A1 on sale for $167 [UPDATE]

Ever since the HP TouchPad firesale put the idea of super-cheap tablets into people's heads, technophiles the world over have been clamoring for deals on big-screen mobile hardware. The success of the relatively inexpensive Kindle Fire and Nook Color/Nook Tablet are testaments to this. If you're looking for a tablet deal and don't mind sticking with Gingerbread, Lenovo is selling the IdeaPad A1 for just $167.20 at its online store - a good 25% lower than any competing model from a large manufacturer.

Intel claims better Android performance on Medfield chips

Intel made a splash at CES when its partner Lenovo showed off the Racer-A/K800, the first Android-powered smartphone to use Intel's chip design. Though the chip giant is late and in many ways behind in the smartphone game at the moment, they don't intend to be an also-ran. Mike Bell, formerly of Palm and currently Intel's vice president of Ultra Mobility, claimed in an interview with EE Times that the Medfield system-on-a-chip would make huge advancements in both power and efficiency on Android.

CES 2012 Android Wrap-Up

The Consumer Electronics Show is the grandaddy of 'em all when it comes to technology conferences, and with Android's rise to the top of the mobile world, that means there was plenty of phones and tablets on hand. For consumers, the big guns at Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Asus were out in full force. most of the devices seen at the 2012 show will be appearing on shelves in the next six months or so. Here are the ones you'll want to look forward to (be sure to check our CES 2012 portal for all the stories):

Lenovo IdeaTab S2 10 and S2 smartphone debut

Lenovo has launched a new Android slate and handset duo, the Lenovo IdeaTab S2 10 tablet and S2 smartphone, running Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread respectively, at CES today. The S2 10 is the more interesting of the two, pairing Android 4.0 with Lenovo's own Mondrian UI on a dual-core Snapdragon 8960 processor.
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