Lenovo’s done something rather unique. It decided to update its IdeaPad K1 tablet from last year to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. That in itself wouldn’t be special at all, but the company has released a vanilla Android update – without any customizations or ‘bloatware’ in sight. That may sound great, but there are some big caveats.
First of all, Lenovo is releasing this as a ‘goodbye’ present for K1 owners. This software version will never receive additional updates, and you won’t be able to get support for it from Lenovo. Furthermore, the Google Play Store does not come preinstalled. That means you have no easy out of the box way to install apps. Also, flashing this update will delete all your existing apps and user data.
So it’s safe to say that this isn’t going to appeal to everyone. In fact, Lenovo acknowledges that this probably isn’t an update for ‘casual’ or ‘mainstream’ users. If, however, you don’t fall into either of those categories, you may proceed after reading everything there is to know over here.
Lenovo plans on releasing the sources for this update soon. Those will undoubtedly help your friendly neighborhood Android developers in releasing fully working custom ROMs, which will feature the Play Store too. So perhaps you can look forward to that.
All in all, this is a nice gesture from Lenovo. On the other hand though, why a device released just one year ago isn’t supported anymore is beyond us.
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