Thinkpad Tablet to get Android 4.0 in Q2
The major tablet manufacturers have already started to upgrade their operating systems to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now the race will be joined by the Chinese Giant Lenovo to, as their officials have plans to upgrade the ThinkPad Tablet to the latest version of Android 4.0 in the second quarter of this year.
The ThinkPad Tablet is one of the Business Tablets available in the market which was launched in July last year. Their early models were released with Android 3.1 or popularly known as the Honeycomb platform. Earlier they have mentioned that they will release the Android 4.0 upgrades on air for the ThinkPad or the IdeaPad, but had not confirmed any dates.
The Android 4.0 upgrade will open new boundaries for the users in terms of the interface, connectivity, application and multimedia improvements. This OS is mainly designed for the Smartphones as well as the Tablets, which ensures an improved encryption layer for data and e-mail security. This specialty has the capability to appeal the enterprise users along with this, Android 4.0 also provides administrators with a stronger remote control over tablets.
Although most of the Android 4.0 applications will be enabled in the device to buy some may not be within the capability of the device as the Android Beam which uses NFC or near-field communications technology. This technology lets the users share Web content, maps and directions between tablets by simply tapping. This technology is not yet equipped in the ThinkPad.
This upgrade has put Lenovo one step ahead of the major competitor Cisco which sell the enterprise focused Cius Tablets with an early version of Android. Till now they have not responded or commented but we can believe that they need to upgrade to in order to provide a competition to the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the ThinkPad.