In conversations with Lenovo at a press event held outside the Consumer Electronics Association’s CEA Line Shows, the editors at TechnologyGuide mined some interesting details on the Lenovo U1 hybrid laptop that made a splash at CES earlier in the year.
Lenovo announced in the spring that the innovative hybrid notebook would be delayed indefinitely as Lenovo scrambled to replace the tablet portion’s OS to Google Android from a custom Linux build.
The Lenovo reps made clear at the event that the last-minute OS swap and delay were due to the changing OS landscape – one in which Android wasn’t much of a player when U1 development began. Also, Lenovo has a thriving smartphone business in China, which includes the Android-powered LePhone. As one Lenovo rep explained, this means the Lenovo development team has had plenty of time and practical experience developing successful Android apps and the U1 build will not be made entirely from scratch.
To that point, according to an April report in PC World, Lenovo has worked with more than 500 developers for its LePhone app store, with more than 200 tweaking apps specifically for Lenovo’s Android build.
Unfortunately, the good folks at Lenovo could not offer a release date, or even a window – not because they couldn’t disclose the info, but because they just didn’t know. They also claimed the same issues with Android factored into the Skylight smartbook delay.