Lenovo Delays US Android Tablet Until Honeycomb, Cancels Windows 7 Tablet Altogether
Hopefully you weren’t sitting on the Android tablet sidelines, patiently waiting for Lenovo’s options. Yeah, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. The company’s COO recent stated that the Lenovo’s US-market tablet will not be based around the Android 2.2 Froyo release, but rather Honeycomb. Therefore, if Google pushes back Honeycomb, Lenovo’s tablet will obviously have to suit. This puts the tablet on schedule for a Summer 2011 release — or rather a few months into the iPad 2′s life.
While the Android tablet was delayed, the Windows 7 flavor is simply canceled and for good reason too. Lenovo’s director of new technology, Howard Locker, nailed it by saying, “The challenge with Windows 7 is that it’s based on the same paradigm as 1985—it’s really an interface that’s optimized for a mouse and keyboard. It has to be optimized for touch. How do you do that?” Finally! At least someone gets it. Well, seeing how there really isn’t that many Windows 7 tablets available, a good amount of higher-ups probably get it, but it’s nice to see one actually say why.
It’s somewhat strange, however, to see Lenovo taking this standoffish approach though. This is the same company that stunned the CES 2010 press with some of the only innovative products at the whole show.