Lenovo’s highly successful ThinkPad Tablet won’t be falling behind the competition anytime soon, at least as far as operating systems go: the company announced today that it plans on upgrading the tablet to Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, sometime in the second quarter of this year.
The ThinkPad Tablet, which found a lot of success in the market as a business tablet, currently runs Android 3.1, a version of Honeycomb. As far as enterprise-friendly features go, the update to Ice Cream Sandwich will provide a number of them, including improved encryption layers for data and email security, as well as stronger remote control for administrators.
Not all aspects of Android 4.0 will translate well, however, when the ThinkPad Tablet gets its over-the-air update (which, by the way, will also be coming to Lenovo’s IdeaPad tablet). For instance, the Android Beam feature in Ice Cream Sandwich allows the wireless sharing of content by tapping two devices together, but that requires the devices to have NFC chips, which the ThinkPad Tablet does not have.
The 10.1-inch ThinkPad Tablet has an MSRP of $479 and was launched in July of 2011. For more information about it, check out our full review.