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Lenovo IdeaPad K1 Honeycomb Android Tablet Listing Appear

What's that, is it LePad? Sort of! It's the USA version of China's LePad, here called the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 carrying around Android 3.0 Honeycomb and a slew of other elements you might rack up as oddities. Right now it's appearing in a couple of online stores as "out of stock" or "sold out" and you know what that means - coming on quick. This device is slated to be released in June and will be for sale at Buy.com and Krex first if they've got anything to say about it.

Lenovo Android ThinkTab leaked

Okay, it's not called that, it's called the Android ThinkPad Tablet. But don't you think ThinkTab is more catchy? Regardless of what it's called, details of the new Lenovo Honeycomb Tablet have been leaked. And Lenovo looks to be catching the Android, and leaving Windows behind.

Lenovo second-gen LePad tablet due by October tips CEO

Lenovo's second-generation LePad tablet will arrive in September or October 2011, according to company CEO Yang Yuanqing. While the exec failed to detail any of the new tablet's hardware specifications - we're guessing it will continue to use Android as the OS - he did say that it would be slimmer than the current model. Interestingly, Yuanqing also revealed that the new model had been developed in parallel with the existing LePad, with a different team taking responsibility for its design. It's not the first talk we've heard of a tablet OEM looking to shift around control of a tablet project in an attempt to better take on the iPad 2, though Lenovo hasn't said anything about changing the second LePad's focus, only that the decision helped ready the new model in just nine months. The CEO also suggested that Lenovo's two advantages in China were brand recognition and pricing, which suggests the second-gen model will also undercut the iPad 2. [via Engadget]

Lenovo Creates Official Smartphone and Tablet Division

We all know the entire computing market is shying away from big desktop and laptop devices and shifting to smartphones and tablets, and it seems Lenovo has just caught on. The company has announced that they have created a separate division to focus on smartphones and tablets.

Lenovo Announces LePad US Launch in 2011, Plus the Founding of a $15m App Investment Fund

Lenovo Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing has reconfirmed the group's plan to launch LePad in the USA and China somewhere inside 2011. CEO Rory Read said the company will be holding off until Honeycomb with the slate, as Honeycomb will be Google's tablet-centric version of the Android OS. Read noted that the current and soon-to-come versions of Android (that being Froyo and Gingerbread) were not “the right base to have a fully functioning pad." The company plans on taking software "into it's own hands," ramping up a $15 million dollar app investment program.

Lenovo: No tablet plans until Android Honeycomb, LePhone China-only for two years

Lenovo has confirmed it has no plans to release an Android tablet until Honeycomb debuts, which could mean waiting until Summer 2011 before a slate from the company goes on sale.  CEO Rory Read told PC Mag "I don't believe 'Froyo' is the right base to have a fully functioning pad," with the company instead waiting for the tablet-centric release Google has promised is in the pipeline. Meanwhile the company's LePhone isn't apparently set for a US debut for another two years, potentially, with Lenovo looking to further grow their smartphone share in China before they consider broader availability. [via Engadget]

Lenovo Skylight and UI Hybrid will now feature Android

Since we first laid eyes on this innovative tablet at CES, we’ve always wondered what it would be like if Android was running on such a device. Well, our dreams have come true, Lenovo has opted out of using their own custom version of Linux in favor of Android. They also have pushed back the release most likely in preparation for an Android loaded Skylight and UI Hybrid.

Lenovo Lephone not just for China

Lenovo have confirmed that, despite some rival Android handsets seeing their Chinese launch delayed, they plan to push ahead with the Lenovo Lephone launch there nonetheless.  Of interest to the rest of us, however, is confirmation that the Lephone will also see an overseas launch later in 2010. The Lephone was announced at CES 2010 earlier this month, and is a touchscreen smartphone running Android on a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor.  While normally it's a candybar format device, Lenovo have also been showing the Lephone off with a snap-on clamshell keyboard/case which should aid text-entry. No word on exact pricing, Chinese availability or which countries Lenovo plan to ship the Lephone to next. [gallery id="4801"]

Google Chrome OS hardware partners named

Hot on the heels of their Chrome OS announcement, Google have revealed a list of the technology companies they are working with to eventually produce devices running the new platform.  Tipped as a partial list, the roster nonetheless includes several names we're familiar with from Open Handset Alliance membership. Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba are all named, though Google says these are "among others".  Notable by their absence are Sony and Dell, as are Samsung; the latter has obviously invested in Android, as it is about to launch the I7500 Galaxy, and has a well-received netbook range. The search giant has also re-confirmed that Google Chrome OS will be a free product for end-users, and made open-source later on in the year.  Actual shipping products based on the OS - which has been described as the Chrome browser sitting within a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel - aren't expected until the second-half of 2010.
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