CES 2012: Lenovo unveils first smart TV with Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich'

Michelle Clancy ©RapidTVNews | 09-01-2012

Lenovo is targeting the TV Everywhere trend with a new smart TV, which is voice-activated and runs the long-awaited Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

The IT firm has also launched a new tablet, the IdeaTab S2, and the Smartphone S2, all at.
Lenovo, the world's number two PC company, characterises the launches as part of its "Personal Cloud" vision, devoted to the transformation of the company from a personal-computer manufacturer to a "personal cloud solution provider" that integrates hardware, software and cloud computing together for a seamless multiscreen digital experience for video and other content.
"Lenovo is breaking down the barriers of device differentiation and weaving together hardware, software and cloud services that are connected, experiential and dynamic," said Liu Jun, senior vice president and president of the Mobile Internet and Digital Home business group. "We understand our users need more than just the traditional keyboard and screen for a truly satisfying digital experience. Our Personal Cloud vision integrates all devices, from tablets to TVs, for a comprehensive mobile Internet experience anytime, anywhere."
As the world's first smart TV powered by Qualcomm’s 8060 Snapdragon dual core CPU, the K91 is also the world's first smart TV running the Android 4.0 operating system. Its smart "Sandwich" UI unites three major smart TV functions, including video on-demand (VOD), Internet applications and traditional TV programs. With cloud support, consumers also can access their favourite songs and videos, share files between the TV and their tablet, smartphone or PC, and even control the TV via tablet and smartphone.
The TV is packed withj perks: an online HD VOD is tailored to an individual consumer's viewing history, and delivers flicker-free video on a full HD IPS panel at 240hz with SRS TruSurround. Internet applications include thousands of choices from the Android Market and Lenovo Store, including console games. Additional smart TV features include voice control with natural language processing and speech recognition technology, allowing viewers to use voice commands to control the remote. Video interaction is even possible with the built-in 5MP Webcam, which integrates face recognition technology for security benefits and advanced parental control.
The IdeaTab S2 tablet, S2 smartphone and K91 smart TV are available immediately in China. Lenovo will be releasing the products worldwide at a later, unspecified date.