Lenovo IdeaPad K1

Although Lenovo IdeaPad K1 never really got much love, the folks from Lenovo have now gone ahead and prepared a little treat for tech-savvy buyers. Retail units have long since been pulled from brick-and-mortar and online shelves, leaving the device stuck on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. But instead of pressing forward with an update to Android 4.0 ICS to the masses, Lenovo has dropped a vanilla build for anyone who wishes to load it manually. They even outlined instructions on how to do it.

A few caveats do exist though, as it's a vanilla build. You'll not find the Google Play Store loaded on this release plus, it's going to wipe everything you currently have loaded. But that's all minor stuff for the intended audience of developers and tech geeks. No matter how you look at it, it's a nice gesture from Lenovo and something that we'd personally like to see become more widespread. Good on ya, Lenovo.

Source: Lenovo via: Engadget


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Lenovo goes outside the box, offers vanilla ICS build for the Lenovo IdeaPad K1


I wish every manufacturer would do this.

I've often wondered what they have to lose by giving people an option for pure android. An a related note, I was daydreaming the other day about an OEM working with the Cyanogenmod team.

And who would have really noticed, if they had just waited quietly? Then gone ahead later with this idea, but then bring JB.

Great of Lenovo to do, and I'd seriously consider doing so, but I don't quite understand the consequences of no Play Store. Can it be installed or sideloaded?

Khanning has modified the Rom with a rooted and unrooted version with google apps installed including play. It even posted on lenovo support forums for download.

Thanks for posting, yaggermr. Flased and it's working great! So happy to not only have ics, but this thing is actually stable, now!