CTO admits Lenovo at fault for installing adware with security vulnerability
Lenovo has admitted wrongdoing in installing adware on its consumer notebooks, one that poses a security risk to its users. The PC producer's CTO Peter Hortensius has admitted "We messed up," with the company not only providing tools to remove the software, but also actively encouraging customers to do so on their affected systems.
Ad-injection, monitoring of secure connections discovered in Superfish adware
Lenovo has been shipping PCs from its factory with adware pre-installed, according to reports. Notebooks from the manufacturer have been found to have Superfish software already installed without user intervention nor permission, with the software being used to inject extra advertising into websites, as well as being a potential security risk for end users.
Amazon shipments fall nearly 70 percent
The global tablet market shrank year-over-year for the first time during the most recent quarter, according to new estimates from IDC. The market dipped 3.2 percent, from 78.6 million units to 76.1 million -- driven in large part by declines at Apple and Amazon. Apple's iPad shipments fell nearly 18 percent, from 26 million to a little over 21.4 million; Amazon, meanwhile, plummeted almost 70 percent, from 5.8 million units to 1.7 million. Also contributing, however, were drops at Asus and Samsung. The former slid from four to three million tablets, while Samsung went from 13.5 million to 11 million.
Apple leaps ahead of LG in latter's home market
Apple has seen significant surges in the Japanese, Chinese, and South Korean smartphone markets since the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last September, according to a study by Counterpoint Research. The most significant performance is reportedly in South Korea, where in November Apple leapt from under 15 percent marketshare to 33 percent. That put the company ahead of LG, slotted at just 14 percent, and significantly closer to Samsung, which dropped from 60 to 46 percent. LG and Samsung are both local to Korea, and have traditionally enjoyed a homefield advantage.
Yoga 2 Tablet with AnyPen uses pencils, pens for stylus input
Lenovo upgraded more than the LaVie and ThinkPad lines, with changes also made to its Yoga notebook and tablet range. The Yoga 3 line includes new 11-inch and 14-inch screen options, while the Yoga Tablet 2 introduces stylus input, and the ThinkPad Yoga 12, 14, and 15 add to the already-existing range with more convertible devices.
P90 first Lenovo smartphone to use Intel Atom processor
Lenovo has launched two smartphones at CES, devices which were previously rumored to make an appearance. The Lenovo P90 is the company's first to use a 64-bit Intel Atom processor and Intel XMM 7260 LTE-Advanced modem, while the Vibe line is joined by the X2 Pro, complete with an accessory said to help improve lighting for self portraits.
Lenovo claims LaVie Z thinnest 13-inch laptops worldwide
At this week's Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, Lenovo has unveiled a few new products, and refreshed some older ones. Two new mobile PC models introduced are the LaVie Z HZ550, a 13-inch laptop which the company claims is the world's lightest, and the LaVie Z HZ750, a two-pound 13-inch convertible PC. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and the ThinkPad E, L, T, and X series are all receiving a fifth-generation Intel Broadwell processor.
Google pushes the boundaries of smartphone size with Nexus 6
The Google Nexus 6 is the latest Android flagship smartphone from Google and, like each one before it, it is designed to showcase the latest developments on its Android platform. Indisputably and unapologetically a "phablet," the device centers on a gargantuan 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED display, and comes pre-installed with Android 5.0 "Lollipop." It truly challenges the boundaries of what users are prepared to carry around with them as an everyday all-purpose device. That, of course, makes it a very interesting proposition.
Lenovo smartphones using Intel processors, LTE radios said to be heading to China, emerging markets
Intel is rumored to be supplying processors for two Lenovo smartphones set to launch next year. A report Lenovo is aiming to announce two new smartphones in the first quarter, possibly at CES or Mobile World Congress, with Intel providing not only its 64-bit Atom processors for the mobile devices, but also LTE-Advanced cellular radios.
Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet is an interesting device that offers good value
Lenovo has had considerable success with its beautifully-designed Yoga notebooks, which are renowned for being very flexible in the way that they can be set up for productivity or content consumption. The company tried to take this same successful formula across to its tablet line-up with the original Yoga Tablet, which ran Android. Second time around, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, mixes things up a little more on the multiple-configuration front, adding an optional keyboard to the equation, while adding a new model running Windows bundled with a Bluetooth keyboard. So is it worth taking a second look?
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HP, Dell still in charge
Apple reclaimed third place from Lenovo in the US PC market last quarter, according to data from research firm IDC. That gave Macs 13 percent of the market, compared to 10.7 percent for Lenovo PCs. Acer claimed fifth at 5.9 percent; the leaders were HP and Dell at 27.7 and 24 percent, respectively. Except for Acer, all of the top five companies saw their respective marketshares increase year-over-year.
Purchase valued at $12.5 billion, with Google retaining most of the patents
Lenovo has completed the acquisition of Motorola Mobile from Google. The deal, according to Lenovo, makes the combined company the "world's third-largest maker of smartphones." Motorola is a now wholly-owned subsidiary of Lenovo, but will remain headquartered in Chicago. Lenovo is expecting profitability to return between four and six quarters from now.
Tablet follows on the 10-inch model announced early October, adds QHD display
Lenovo unveiled another addition to the Yoga line of devices, trumpeting the arrival of a larger version of the Yoga Tablet 2. The new Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows jumps up in size with the addition of a 13.3-inch quad HD display, marking a large bump from the full HD 10-inch model Lenovo announced at the beginning of October. Like other devices in the Yoga line, the 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 features four modes for use, including stand, tilt, hold, and a new mode called hang.
Fitness tracker from Lenovo appears in online product listings
Lenovo has quietly launched its first fitness tracker for iOS and Android devices, one which leaked earlier this month via an FCC filing. The SW-B100 Smartband is said on the Lenovo website to possess the usual traits of a fitness tracker, though it will also apparently allow the wearer to automatically unlock and log into a PC without needing to manually type in a password.
New company to launch under new brand in 2015, focus on Internet-based sales
Lenovo is taking a new approach to its mobile strategy ,according to a statement it released today. The PC and mobile communications company has indicated that it is creating a new device company and brand for the emerging market in China. The unnamed company will operate separately from Lenovo, focusing on Internet-based sales. The new brand is being positioned as a direct competitor for Xiaomi, a startup that has rapidly grown its market share since its entry into the device market in 2010.
ThinkPad Yoga 14 sports increased screen size, to be sold exclusively at Best Buy
On top of Yoga tablets, Lenovo announced today that it is releasing a bigger version of the ThinkPad Yoga. Where the existing version offers a 12.5-inch display, the new model will sport a 14-inch IPS display with 360-degree lift and lock keyboard rotation. The new ThinkPad Yoga 14 still retain the main feature of Yoga line of devices, the ability to change into tent, stand, laptop or tablet modes.
Standard Yoga 2 tablets offered in two sizes, Pro models jump up to 13-inch screen
Lenovo announced a new slate of Yoga tablets and ultrabooks today, beginning with two Yoga 2 tablet models and a Yoga 3 Pro convertible PC. Each of the new machines fit different consumer needs, from the Yoga 3 Pro "ultra slim" PC with attached keyboard or the Yoga 2 tablets that are powered by either Windows 8 or Android.
FCC listing shows cross-platform Lenovo fitness tracker with seven-day battery
A wearable device from Lenovo has appeared at the FCC, appearing to depict a form of fitness tracker. The Lenovo SW-B100 Smartband, pictured extensively in the filing, shows a watch strap with a narrow and flat area in the middle, with a basic LED or LCD display likely to be visible on the outside of the device when worn, while a sensor which could be a heart rate monitor is spied on the inside.
Product lineup features extended battery life, more computing power
Computer manufacturer Lenovo today announced at the 2014 IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin a wide portfolio of business and consumer devices. The lineup starts with the new ThinkPad Helix, a business 2-in-1 ultrabook. Lenovo also introduced two new all-in-one (AIO) tabletop PCs: the 19.5-inch Horizon 2s, Lenovo's thinnest tabletop PC, plus the 21.5-inch Horizon 2e, Lenovo's cheapest tabletop PC. In addition, Lenovo announced the ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23, a secure AIO desktop solution for businesses, and the thinner and lighter Edge 15 dual-mode laptop.
Lenovo Vibe Z2, Vibe X2 have high-resolution front cameras
Lenovo has extended its Vibe smartphone line with two new Android devices at the company's IFA media event today. The Vibe X2 has a unique multi-layered case design and packs a MediaTek True8Core processor, while the Vibe Z2 is the company's first 64-bit smartphone with a thin 7.8mm (0.3 inches) brushed metal unibody case.
Y70 Touch gaming notebook has 1080p 17-inch touchscreen
Alongside the Tab S8, Lenovo launched two computers aimed at gamers at IFA. The Y70 Touch gaming notebook packs a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 display with touch controls, while the Erazer X315 is a desktop gaming PC claimed to be an affordable system shipping with a choice of a quad-core 3.1GHz AMD Kaveri A8 or quad-core 37GHz Kaveri A10 processor.
Intel Atom processor used in Lenovo Tab S8 with Burst Performance Technology
Lenovo kicked off its IFA device launches, by revealing its first Intel-powered Android tablet. The Lenovo Tab S8 uses a quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 with 2GB of RAM, with the processor's Burst Performance Technology said to help provide more processing power when it is required, in turn saving on battery life when performing lower-impact tasks.
Lenovo on track to buy IBM server unit for $2.3 billion
IBM has gained a US national security regulatory agency's approval in one of its first steps to sell its server division to Lenovo Group, a Chinese company. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the US has deemed that the $2.3 billion dollar sale can continue with little or no risk to US security interests, despite rising conflicts about Internet issues and continued espionage allegations between the nations.
First quarter results from reveal boost in movile devices, desktop computers
Device maker Lenovo has released its financials for the first quarter ending June 30, revealing revenues of $10.4 billion. While the company posted a year-over-year increase in overall revenues, figures from the smartphone sales shows a more revealing number, with sales tallying more than 15.8 million units, an increase of 39 percent. Income increased to $214 million, a 22 percent increase, while earnings grew 23 percent to $214 million. Gross profit increased 13 percent, to $1.3 billion.
High-resolution display of Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro has pixel density of 490ppi
Lenovo has launched its previously rumored flagship smartphone with a six-inch Quad HD-resolution display. The Vibe Z2 Pro sports a pixel density of 490ppi in its thin 7.7mm (0.3 inches) frame, with the smartphone also boasting a 16-megapixel rear camera with a BSI sensor, optical image stabilization, and a number of features to help photographers.
Apple, Samsung give up share to Lenovo, ASUS, others
Although Apple's iPad is still the leading tablet globally, the company is continuing to lose marketshare, according to new IDC shipment data. Year-over-year, Apple's June-quarter tablet share fell from 33 to 26.9 percent, based on shipments of 13.3 million iPads this quarter versus 14.6 million in Q2 2013. The company's next closest competitor, Samsung, saw its share slip from 18.8 percent to 17.2.
Citing lack of demand, devices start coming off retailer shelves
Lenovo has ceased sales of sub-10-inch Windows-based tablets in the US. The cessation is not from a manufacturer's defect or recall, but because the company is seeing little demand for the devices in the North American market. Devices affected by the pullout are the company's ThinkPad 8, and the smaller size of the Miix 2 tablet.
Application outlines features of the device, doesn't dip into components used
In a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, information on a head-mounted wearable display similar to Google Glass has been discovered from Lenovo. The application filing, which dates back to last December, covers "an electronic device and a sound-capturing method." It just happens that the device looks like a pair of glasses with embedded electronics.
700 workers to lose jobs, will likely not be retained after Lenovo acquisition
Motorola Mobile has announced plans to close its US manufacturing facility of the Moto X phone. The Fort Worth, TX site run by Flextronics on behalf of Motorola will shutter before the end of the year, causing the remaining 700 workers to be out of a job. The company will continue to manufacture the phones in Brazil and China, according to Motorola.
iPad keeps top spot
Global tablet shipments fell year-over-year for the first time in the March quarter, according to tracking data from NPD DisplaySearch. Whereas 59 million units were recorded in Q1 2013, the market shrank to 56.3 million units last quarter. If paired with laptops, tablets nevertheless represented over half of mobile PC shipments.
All metal body touted in upcoming Lenovo flagship smartphone
The latest iteration in the Lenovo Vibe smartphone range could include a Quad HD display, similar to the rumored higher-resolution flagship variants from Samsung, HTC, and LG. The Vibe Z2 Pro has been leaked in a number of photographs, with an accompanying specification sheet not only confirming the 2,560x1,440 resolution, but also the 6-inch screen size and device thickness of 7.7mm (0.3 inches).
Quarterly Lenovo results close to record revenues in previous quarter
Lenovo continues to enjoy strong revenues, according to the company's latest quarterly results and full year results. Though it did not quite reach the record $10.8 billion in revenue in the previous quarter, it still managed to pull in $9.4 billion, representing a 19-percent improvement year-on-year, and helped push annual revenue up 14 percent year-on-year to a record $38.7 billion.
Transformable laptop from Lenovo tries to be the jack of all trades
The second coming of tablets came in on the heels of the iPad, and frankly, crushed the traditional PC market. It took some time for the market to adapt to the new reality, but in 2014 it has -- and Lenovo has a handful of devices that attempt to cater to both markets. The Yoga 2 Pro, the second version of the transformable computer, is available and has taken heed of some criticisms of its predecessor. Electronista has been living with one for a while now -- read our review to find out what we thought.
Lenovo ThinkPad 10 accessory range includes keyboard covers, dock
Lenovo is targeting business users with its latest Windows tablet in the ThinkPad range, succeeding the ThinkPad Tablet 2. Offering a 10.1-inch 1920x1200-resolution display with multitouch and a digitizer for stylus support, the ThinkPad 10 can be used with a collection of accessories that can expand the usefulness of the device from its basic tablet form.
Lenovo Chromebooks have 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, touchscreen options
Lenovo is expanding its range of notebooks to include two Chromebooks. Revealed ahead of an event hosted by Google and Intel concerning the Chrome OS, the Lenovo N20 and N20p Chromebooks offer relatively similar entry-level specifications, though the N20p adds a touchscreen and a 300-degree hinge that allows it to be used as a standing tablet, similar to the recent Flex 2 notebooks.
Lenovo, Huawei outperform smartphone market
Although Apple broke its own records in the first quarter by shipping 43.7 million iPhones, its rate of growth was below that of the smartphone industry as a whole and any of its biggest competitors, according to new IDC data. Year-over-year, Apple's units were up 16.8 percent. The smartphone industry grew 28.6 percent; Apple's biggest rival, Samsung, advanced 22 percent to 85 million units. While only managing 13.7 million and 12.9 million units, respectively, Huawei and Lenovo outperformed in terms of growth, with rates of 47.3 and 63.3 percent.
Lenovo starts sales of Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ in United States
Lenovo has put the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ on sale in the United States. Unveiled in February and joining the current Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+'s 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display can be set into three different positions, and is backed by a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a rear 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 9,000mAh battery. Running on Android 4.3 with 4.4 due soon, Lenovo is selling the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ for $369, with shipping set to begin within three weeks.
Flex 2 can be posed using notebook keyboard as stand
Lenovo has extended its Flex notebook family, by introducing two new updated versions. The Flex 2 are dual-mode notebooks that can flip the 14-inch and 15.6-inch touch-enabled displays around 300 degrees, allowing it to work similar to a tablet being used in a stand with the keyboard-equipped section face down on the surface behind the screen.
Executive selected for the job, will assist in Lenovo transition
Just prior to its offload to Lenovo, Motorola Mobility has named Rick Osterloh as chief operating officer. Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's Senior Vice President of Product Management announced the appointment of Osterloh, who is replacing Dennis Woodside -- who departed to become Dropbox's first chief operating officer.
New Lenovo tablet range offers Dolby audio, low price point
Lenovo has announced a quartet of budget Android tablets it will be releasing later this quarter, with all said to provide high-quality Dolby-powered audio. A pair of seven-inch tablets, the A7-30 and A7-50, will be joined by the eight-inch A8 and the 10.1-inch A10, with all appearing to be focused on offering a basic set of features and specifications at a low cost.
Recall notice points to two incidents of battery packs overheating, causing damage
Lenovo is recalling notebook batteries used in its ThinkPad ranges, following two reports of battery packs overheating and damaging equipment, though no reports of injury. Approximately 34,500 batteries in the United States and 2,900 in Canada are subject to the recall notice by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as a large number sold in China.
Earlier reports misquoted, Kutcher work on tablets continues
Lenovo is not working with Ashton Kutcher on new smartphones, the company has revealed. Following reports that the actor was expanding his design remit at the manufacturer from tablets to smartphones, a Lenovo executive has clarified that Kutcher's work is still concerns just tablets, indicating earlier comments from another executive were potentially misquoted.
Apple still most successful individual tablet maker
Android ruled global tablet marketshare in 2013, accounting for 62 percent of devices by shipments, according to somewhat questionable data from research firm Gartner. That represents a significant upset, since in 2012 the iPad was in firm control with a 52.8 percent share. Apple, however, continued to do best among individual tablet makers in sales, with a 36 percent share and claimed sales over 70.4 million units -- an increase from a figure just under 61.5 million in 2012.
Product development follows earlier collaboration on tablets
A line of smartphones designed in part by actor Ashton Kutcher is being worked on by Lenovo, the company reveals. Building on top of an existing partnership between Kutcher and the company in the co-design, release, and promotion of Android tablets last October, the special-edition smartphone range will apparently be launching later this year.
New model and design boost usability, speed
Lenovo today at the 2014 Mobile World Congress announced the new Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, a multimode Android device. The Yoga refines the tablet's original design with three position modes, and adds a Full HD (1920x1200) screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, and high-resolution camera, while maintaining the up to 18-hour battery life that the line is known for.
Lenovo score drops
Amazon has shot to the top of Rescuecom's latest annual Computer Reliability Report, according to a press release. The company achieved a score of 7,590, vastly outdoing Samsung, which came in second with 768. Rescuecom determines reliability rankings by comparing computer and tablet vendors' marketshares with the numbers of repair calls its Level 3 technicians handle.
Company posts gains in desktops, laptops despite industry contraction
The Lenovo Group today announced results for its third fiscal quarter that ended December 31. Quarterly revenue was $10.8 billion, a 15 percent increase year-over-year, passing the $10 billion milestone for the first time ever. Third quarter profit grew, with pre-tax income increasing 30 percent year-over-year to $321 million, while earnings also grew 30 percent year-over-year to $265 million. Lenovo shipped 32.6 million devices in the quarter, or nearly five devices every second.
Apple CEO doesn't dismiss possibility of bigger iPhone
The Wall Street Journal has published the full contents of yesterday's interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which he announced the company's expanded share buyback plan. Commenting on Google's recent sale of Motorola to Lenovo, Cook says that he "wasn't surprised," and that it "seems like a logical transaction," since Motorola is losing money and Google isn't committed to it. "I think it's really hard to do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together. That's what makes Apple so special," he adds. "It's really hard, so I'm not surprised that they are not going to do that."
Latest sale less than 25 percent of Google's purchase price in 2012
[Update: Deal confirmed] According to a statement by Google CEO Larry Page, Google and Lenovo have negotiated a deal that will see the search engine sell its Motorola Mobility smartphone business to the Chinese manufacturer. The deal is valued at $2.91 billion dollars, with Google retaining most of the patents it acquired when it purchased the division in 2012.