Monday, July 23, 2012

Will an Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update come to the ThinkPad Tablet?

Just when I got excited about upgrading my ThinkPad Tablet to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), I find myself now waiting to hear if Lenovo will be releasing an Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update. Given that the ThinkPad Tablet is really for an enterprise audience, let's hope that Lenovo will try to keep up with these latest Android updates for their business users.

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) offers some performance enhancements over the existing Android 4.0 OS. It also includes some other nice features, but I'm mainly interested in the performance improvements.

Here's a little tip for those of you performing an Android system update on your tablet (regardless of the company that makes your tablet): perform a hard reset (factory reset) after you perform the upgrade. Make sure you've backed up and saved all your important files. Many users have reported significant performance improvements after performing a hard reset after an upgrade. Initially, I didn't perform a hard reset after I upgraded my ThinkPad Tablet and I was having some performance issues. Then, the tablet froze and I was forced to perform a hard reset. Now, it works beautifully (except that there is a slight delay with the screen turning on when I press the power button).

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