ThinkPad Tablet To Taste Ice Cream Sandwich

ThinkPad Tablet

 It’s dessert time for Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet. The Android 4.0 operating system—commonly known by its more delicious codename of Ice Cream Sandwich—will be available on our ThinkPad Tablet in May. It will be delivered as an over-the-air update

There’s been a lot of fuss about Ice Cream Sandwich in the marketplace, and for good reason. Here are three things we love about it, things you’ll be able to take advantage of on your ThinkPad Tablet when the update comes:

  • A new and improved browser with a significant speed boost that allows you to jump to your favorite content faster and even save it for later in case there's no network available.
  • Voice input that allows you to dictate text. As the voice input engine enters text, it underlines possible dictation errors in gray. After dictating, you tap underlined words to quickly replace them from a list of suggestions.
  • Face Unlock, a new screen-lock option that lets you unlock your device with your face. (Love that.) It takes advantage of the devices’ front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then recognize it again when it’s time to unlock.

While this announcement strictly refers to the ThinkPad Tablet, it’s worth noting that we are committed to making other Lenovo tablets “future-proof” by supporting newer releases of the Android OS. We are always assessing and refining upgrade paths for our tablet portfolio. Which is our way of saying users of our other tablets should stay tuned.

While you ThinkPad Tablet users are waiting to snack on your forthcoming Ice Cream Sandwich, you can find more info here.

Note: Since this blog post was originally published in February 2012, we have learned that the "Face Unlock" feature will not be part of the Android 4.0 feature set. Apologies for any confusion. Thanks!

Sachin Pathak is Lenovo’s Worldwide Product Marketing Manager for ThinkPad Tablet.