Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Lenovo Skylight and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Are Still Kicking | Anticipating the Release of the New Google Android Operating System


Lenovo Skylight and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Late ReleaseRumors of the Lenovo Skylight and Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid have spelled their demise, but these same rumors have been greatly exaggerated. Don’t worry, Lenovo fans – the company is still moving forward with the Skylight and U1 Hybrid devices, despite any reports to the contrary.

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The company says that they’re simply drawing out the release timeline to allow for the incorporation of Google’s new Android operating system, which is poised to give Apple’s infamous iPhone, iPod and iPad systems a real run for their money.

What's happening, Lenovo?

“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,” says a press release on the Lenovo website. “[The devices will be] 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.”

At first the company developed an in-house operating system to handle working in an app-centric environment, but ultimately, Lenovo – a hardware specialist more than anything else – chose the Android platform instead. The move, while bold, will likely pay off as an increasing number of users see a viable alternative to Apple’s mobile system.

Joining Efforts With Google

While the Skylight OS, powered in these machines with a Snapdragon processor, was certainly powerful in its own right, the availability of third-party applications, the life-blood of mobile devices these days, was virtually non-existent. This could have posed a serious problem for a company hoping to grab some mobile market share. Now, though, the Lenovo Skylight and Lenovo U1 Hybrid will be able to access the many thousands of applications developed for the Android system.

The Lenovo-Android partnership shouldn’t come as a real surprise to consumers, especially considering the well-known joint efforts undertaken in the mobile phone market in China, where Lenovo has been offering Android-powered devices since near Android’s beginning. In fact, Lenovo has been working with application developers for its LePhone mobile phone, which has 200-plus Lenovo-tweaked apps for the Android system.

The Lenovo IdeaPad U1 and Lenovo Skylight | Redesigning Performance

For those that haven’t heard or haven’t been paying attention, Lenovo’s Skylight and U1 Hybrid devices mark a dramatic redesign and innovation stage for the company. Learn more about the Lenovo Skylight, or take a glimpse at the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 Hybrid to see what all the fuss is about.

No release dates have been set, but stay tuned and we’ll keep you informed on any developments and the latest news from Lenovo.

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3 Responses to “The Lenovo Skylight and IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Are Still Kicking | Anticipating the Release of the New Google Android Operating System”
  1. willy says:

    Can lenovo make a clearer idea of when will the u1 hybrid available soon….. I feel a lost in a jungle by just waiting for the announcement from lenovo HQ…. I'm keen to know at less an estimation for this product to be available….

    • Dallas Moore says:


      Unfortunately release has been delayed on these models for the meantime. When they release that information, we will let you know, but for now, I'm not sure even they know when that will be.


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