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Lenovo patent shows clip-on tablet keyboard

Even the most enthusiastic touchscreen typist couldn't argue that it beats a physical keyboard, especially for devices like tablets where one hand is often needed just to hold it up. A Lenovo patent spotted by PatentBolt points to a non-standard solution: just slap a physical keyboard on there. Or perhaps "clip" is a more accurate term, since the device in Lenovo's patent filings actually has two separate pieces for separate hands.

Intel CEO: the first Medfield phone is launching this week

When you look for an Android phone (and increasingly, any smartphone or tablet) you're looking for something with an ARM-based processor, because at the moment it's the only game in town. But that may change very soon: during Intel's quarterly financial report, CEO Paul Otellini told investors that the first phone to feature Intel's Medfield architecture will launch by the end of the week. That's news to us, and it was certainly news to those listening in on the call.

Lenovo shows IdeaTab S2109 with 4:3 screen and Ice Cream Sandwich

It's been a while since we heard from Lenovo on the tablet front. but they've broken their silence this morning in a big way. Say hello to the IdeaTab S2109, Lenovo's first tablet (and in fact first anything) to run Ice Cream Sandwich. The 9.7-inch tablet has some otherwise pedestrian specs: though the 9.7-inch screen uses an IPS panel, it's got a rather dated 1024x768 (4:3 aspect ratio) screen. While Lenovo has officially unveiled the device via a snazzy product video, there's no word on when you can pick one up or for how much.

Papyrus note app launches with HTC and Lenovo stylus support

With all the styli floating around the Android tablet world, it was only a matter of time before someone made a really excellent notation app for pen-based input. That app is Papyrus, a long-term project from indie developer Steadfast Innovation. The free app introduced its first beta version today, and you can download it on the Google Play Store. While it's technically possible to use standard finger input in Papyrus, it's specifically designed for Android tablets running 3.0 or later with stylus input options.

Lenovo prepares business Android app store

While Lenovo has been making strides in the consumer market for the last few years, its heart and soul is in enterprise, where a ThinkPad laptop is the computing equivalent of sensible khakis and a power tie. Their tablets (even the ThinkPad Tablet) haven't caught on as of yet, but the company is hoping to change that with the Lenovo Enterprise App Shop, an app store for enterprise customers. (Natch.) As opposed to the Google Play Store and its alternatives, the Enterprise App Shop can be launched on a company-by-company basis, with volume licensing discounts and on-site management tools.

Lenovo IdeaTab S2109 sneaks into the FCC

What have we here? A previously undiscovered Lenovo tablet, if the Federal Communications Commission can be believed. The Chinese manufacturer submitted the drawings below for the "IdeaTab S2109" for the standard set of wireless tests, certifying its WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radios. There's very little else in the way of empirical information, though the wire frame of the tablet's backside would seem to indicate either an unusual bezel style or (morel likely) a non-widescreen aspect ratio, probably of the 4:3 variety.

Motorola confirmed as Intel Medfield launch partner, details coming next week

Intel is set to make a big splash next week at Mobile World Congress. That splash being inside of Android smartphones and tablets of course. We've heard plenty about the PC leader bringing their chips to Android and the platform is called Medfield for those unfamiliar. New details confirmed that both Lenovo and Motorola are launch partners, and we can we can expect to see plenty next week in Barcelona, Spain.

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.