Lenovo Ideapad K1 Tegra 2 Finally Gets Ice Cream Sandwich, A Shining Example Of How To Save A Tablet
So when I had struggles with Lenovo’s Ideapad k1 I chronicled them here. Me being a fair individual, I will give credit when it’s due and not just run my mouth when things go wrong. I would like to use Lenovo as an example here of what other manufacturers can do to add years to the life cycle of their aging devices. Lenovo had some logistical issues getting the software to run properly due to some over the top customizations in Android 3.1/2 which made the software even more sluggish than it’s Tegra 2 brethren and it’s not like Honeycomb was ever “project butter”. They also opted to get in bed with Netflix signing an exclusivity deal that forced them to go without official Android Market support (now known as Google Play). Those problems enraged people who purchased the tablet over time and there has been quite an ordeal regarding the promised Ice Cream Sandwich update. The update was something Lenovo advertised when they released the tablet (in advertising on the box etc) and release dates for it came and went without any real information aside from more promised dates. Well Lenovo released ICS yesterday and what they did was put out a stock ICS image with no custom overlay, no annoying add-ons to the launcher, and absolutely zero bloat ware. In fact it didn’t even come with Gapps. NO Gapps?! Well the point is they handed it to the development community and a few short hours there was a stock image and a rooted image for ics for the tablet. Stock ICS. OEM’s should pay attention. So today I’m giving Lenovo props for doing the right thing. I have included links to Khannings stock and rooted Android 4.03 images for the Lenovo Ideapad k1 below.