Lenovo releases Android 4.0 update for US ThinkPad Tablets. [easyazon-link asin=”B005F0JDDA” locale=”us”]Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet[/easyazon-link] users in the United States are finally getting the much-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich about a month after the update was pushed in the UK and selected Western European countries.
Among the features it gives to users are a redesigned user interface, enhanced multitasking capabilities, better notifications, and folders in the home screen and favorites tray that help users to get organized. The update likewise brings in the resizable widgets feature, as well as new lock screen actions that give easy access to the camera or messages.
A single swipe now allows users to get rid of notifications, browser tabs, and some recent apps. Furthermore, users can respond to calls via a text message without even unlocking the phone. More control over data usage allows for better management, while a voice input engine enables users to dictate strings of language. The camera has been enriched likewise with various new features such as zero shutter lag exposure and continuous focusing. Users can also take photos while video recording is going on. A single-motion panorama mode has been introduced to the camera as well as face detection.
Other novelties include Android Beam, which makes use of Near Field Communication Technology; Face Unlock that lets users unlock the handset by simply putting their face in front of it; and Bluetooth HDP and Wi-Fi Direct, which allows users to connect to other nearby devices by means of Wi-Fi sans the need for tethering or even an Internet connection.
The update has been making its way across the ThinkPad tablets since Monday this week and could be on all ThinkPad tablets in just a short while. Users can also manually check if the update is available by going to the Setting Menu and choosing Software Update.
It took Lenovo a long time to roll out the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update, which had been available since last year. Hopefully, the Android Jelly Bean update which will be released in a few weeks will take a shorter time to be pushed out to Lenovo devices.
via the verge
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