Lenovo Ditching Custom Linux on IdeaPad U1 Hybrid and Skylight for Android
The bad news: two of our favorite products from CES are getting pushed back–again. The Lenovo Skylight and U1 Hybrid have been delayed by the company. The good news: the reason is that Lenovo wants to equip the sleek smartbook and tablet-notebook with Android. Overall, we think this is a smart move given the momentum behind Google’s OS. When will these products hit the market? Our guess is by the end of the year, but no one would tell us for sure. See the official comment from Lenovo below:
“After careful consideration of market conditions and user feedback, Lenovo has decided to focus its resources on building a family of next-generation mobile internet devices based upon open technologies such as (but not limited to) the Android kernel, similar to the Lenovo smartphone, which is available for sale in China now.
As a result of Lenovo’s strategic shift towards open standards such as an Android kernel based environment, the Company has shelved its plans to release the initial version of the Skylight smartbook that featured a proprietary Linux based OS.
Lenovo remains committed to working with our strategic partners to deliver innovative products in the growing mobile internet space, including the aforementioned smartphones and smartbooks, as well as exploring innovative new concepts that continue to “push-the-envelope” like the U1 hybrid PC.”