Jan 08 AT 10:43 PM Dustin Earley 34 Comments

Lenovo K91 isn’t a Google TV, it’s an Android TV

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Along with their IdeaTab S2, Lenovo has just detailed the K91, a smart TV based on Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich.

As the world’s first smart TV running Android 4, Lenovo aims to “unite three major smart TV functions” with the K91: Video on Demand, Internet applications and traditional TV programs. Lenovo’s custom apps and console quality games will be available from the Lenovo Store, which will be paired with the Android Market. The entire experience will be wrapped in Lenovo’s Smart Sandwich UI.

As for the hardware in the world’s first ICS TV, it was revealed that the display is going to be a 55-inch 240Hz full-HD 3D IPS panel. There’s also SRS TruSurround, a 5MP camera, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8060.

Lenovo’s decision to manufacture a television set powered by Android 4 instead of Google TV is interesting to say the least. But it does make sense. By using Android, they’re able to fully customize the entire TV watching experience. From the specialized apps, down to the Smart Sandwich UI.

Just like the IdeaTab S2, the K91 will only be available in China at first. Worldwide availability will be detailed at a later date.

CES will be chock full of Google TV sets, is there room for Android TV as well?

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CES 2012, Las Vegas — January 8, 2012: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY), the world’s number two PC company, is flexing its innovation muscle at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and beyond, to create a seamless digital experience for its customers across multiple devices, be it PCs, tablets, smartphones or Smart TVs. Lenovo recently unveiled its “Personal Cloud” vision, marking the transformation of the company from a “personal computer” manufacturer to a “personal cloud solution” provider that integrates hardware, software and cloud computing together. The Company’s direction is evident in a variety of new products, including the IdeaTab S2, Smartphone S2 and K91 smart TV.
“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, 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.
K91–the World’s First Smart TV to Run Android 4.0 OS
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 – which will revolutionize technology in the living room. Its smart “Sandwich” UI unites three major smart TV functions, including Video On Demand (VOD), Internet applications and traditional TV programs. The online HD VOD is tailored to individual consumers’ viewing history, and delivers the best picture and audio quality with 3D FPR technology delivering 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. With cloud support, consumers can access their favorite songs and videos with ease, share files between the TV and their tablet, smartphone or PC, and even control the TV via tablet and smartphone.
The IdeaTab S2 tablet, S2 smartphone and K91 smart TV are available immediately in China. Lenovo will be releasing these products worldwide at a later date. More information on these products is available at www.lenovo.com
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About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US21 billion personal technology company — and the second largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.

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Source: Engadget

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    Woah… that seems pretty epic. I wonder how much something like that is going to cost…

    • mac08wrx

      Definetly epic I would love this TV Pres just hope the cost isn’t outrageous.

  • bigrob029

    i cant wait to take my tv outside and take awesome 5MP pictures… yay!
    why didnt they put a 3D capable camera on there? Missed opportunity.

    • delinear

      I just thought of a useful app for this. At the moment I have my TV setup to sleep after X amount of time if there is no activity (volume/channel changing etc), in case I wander off and forget to turn it off. The TV will display a countdown message for 30 seconds and then turn off. The problem with this is it always tries to turn off at the worst possible moment – during important dialogue in a programme or halfway through a multiplayer game on the XBOX, and I have to frantically search around for the remote to stop it.

      Using the camera with ICS and a relevant app, I wouldn’t need the remote; the TV could just look for movement and display the message that it’s about to turn off if nobody moves in the room for X amount of time instead – and a simple wave of the hand would let it know I was there and stop the standby countdown.

    • stenzor

      The camera would be great for Skype.. I already Skype on my TV that’s connected to my computer, but that also requires a separate camera attachment. A built in one will definitely make it look sleeker.

    • LukeT32

      I disagree. I think 3D is over rated right now anyway. I think this TV would be better without 3D and the 3D price tag it will more then likely include.

  • YMS123

    Google TV, Android TV, whatever, I like the way this is headed, let’s hope this actually goes on sale someday, and hopefully not too expensive, as Lenovo products tend to be..

  • YMS123

    Google TV, Android TV, whatever, I like the way things are headed, let’s hope this actually goes on sale someday, and hopefully not too expensive, as Lenovo products tend to be..

  • spazby

    This is awesome…. Samsung should be all over this, I love their tvs.

    • Dustin Earley

      I have a Samsung TV myself, but I don’t know how I’d feel if it had TouchWiz.

      • ashclepdia

        You could always root it and install cyanogen mod ;) TV on cm9? Yes please

    • delinear

      Samsung already have their own Smart TV system, I’m not sure how invested they are in keeping that, if they’ve sunk a lot of money into it they might not want to switch to Android in a hurry, although using DLNA I can already stream content over WiFi from my phone to my Samsung TV, which is pretty epic :)

  • http://www.openintro.com OpenIntro

    Wow, this looks to be impressive. I wonder what Google thinks about Android TVs encroaching on Google TVs. That’s a pretty odd conflict of interest!

  • coyotejbob

    Cool tv comes with built in nanny cam.

  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    Could the camera be used for kinect style gaming?

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      Kinect has additional sensors in it – not just video cameras. Read more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinect

      “The device features an “RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone running proprietary software”,[33] which provide full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition and voice recognition capabilities.”

      • delinear

        There are a few projects to get Kinect working with Android though. In the very near future it’s likely you’ll be able to plug a Kinect directly into the TV with an app installed on the TV to let you use it to play Android games or navigate the menus, etc – that would be pretty cool in itself.

  • http://gplus.to/anujahooja anujahooja

    Anyone else really hoping that Google rebrands this thing to Android TV? I mean, that’s what it actually is; I don’t see why it was called Google TV at all.

    • delinear

      I guess for the same reason that Apple’s version is called Apple TV and not iOS TV. The name of the company carries more meaning for regular users than the name of the OS, and the users who know about this stuff already know what’s powering the system under the hood.

      • http://gplus.to/anujahooja anujahooja

        I’d argue that “Android” has quite a strong backing with users as is. I don’t think it would matter which way they brand it, but calling it Android TV is really just naming it what it is.

  • lokidokie

    Give me something like that, but 65″ and make it available in Australia.
    Can someone do this for me???

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    Certainly sounds like it could have great potential. Of course, full details, and a lengthy video from (hopefully) CES is needed.

  • clocinnorcal

    Wow Lenovo…wow! Great idea using 4.0 instead of GTV. +1 to Lenovo

  • aranea

    Big question for me is how much it will be!

  • PC Enthusiast

    Lenovo K91 is great. I wonder what will be the next move of Samsung since they have their own Smart TV and was the first one to introduced it.
    Since these smart TV are very new, their prices will be high.

  • BiGMERF

    very nice looking tv, with some good specs..

  • alexanderharri3

    Just saying…..Google TV is Android based TV…it seems somewhat redundant to create a new TV interface from ICS rather than modifying GTV

  • nivekkev

    Wonder what type of 3D it will be using, will I be able to use the sames glasses that are used in the theaters? Will I be able to video chat from the TV? Will my fone be able to sync up with the TV and even stream content? All things I would like to know…

  • vid500

    Google TV, Android TV,… I like it and of corse the conectivity and functionality. Hope to see those devices in European stores soon.

  • Nathan D.

    This is one neat TV, but my TV is is great how it is.

  • Thomas Taylor

    Where can I read up on the difference between Google TV and Android? I thought the Logitech Revue was Google TV, and it got the Android update. I’m confused!?! Also not shopping for a new TV, so not critical. Trying to decide on a streaming box. My heart says Revue or other Google device, but my head says get one that has Hulu+ now.

    • _Diego

      I believe that Google TV now supports apps from the Android market, but isn’t Android-based…

  • nephariouz

    Apple will come out with this in about 6 months. Then they’ll sue Lenovo for stealing all their patents!

  • _Diego

    Yes! This is the way to go lads! :-)

  1. Woah… that seems pretty epic. I wonder how much something like that is going to cost…

  2. i cant wait to take my tv outside and take awesome 5MP pictures… yay!
    why didnt they put a 3D capable camera on there? Missed opportunity.

    • I just thought of a useful app for this. At the moment I have my TV setup to sleep after X amount of time if there is no activity (volume/channel changing etc), in case I wander off and forget to turn it off. The TV will display a countdown message for 30 seconds and then turn off. The problem with this is it always tries to turn off at the worst possible moment – during important dialogue in a programme or halfway through a multiplayer game on the XBOX, and I have to frantically search around for the remote to stop it.

      Using the camera with ICS and a relevant app, I wouldn’t need the remote; the TV could just look for movement and display the message that it’s about to turn off if nobody moves in the room for X amount of time instead – and a simple wave of the hand would let it know I was there and stop the standby countdown.

    • The camera would be great for Skype.. I already Skype on my TV that’s connected to my computer, but that also requires a separate camera attachment. A built in one will definitely make it look sleeker.

    • I disagree. I think 3D is over rated right now anyway. I think this TV would be better without 3D and the 3D price tag it will more then likely include.

  3. Google TV, Android TV, whatever, I like the way this is headed, let’s hope this actually goes on sale someday, and hopefully not too expensive, as Lenovo products tend to be..

  4. Google TV, Android TV, whatever, I like the way things are headed, let’s hope this actually goes on sale someday, and hopefully not too expensive, as Lenovo products tend to be..

  5. This is awesome…. Samsung should be all over this, I love their tvs.

    • I have a Samsung TV myself, but I don’t know how I’d feel if it had TouchWiz.

      • ashclepdiaGuest 3 years ago

        You could always root it and install cyanogen mod ;) TV on cm9? Yes please

    • Samsung already have their own Smart TV system, I’m not sure how invested they are in keeping that, if they’ve sunk a lot of money into it they might not want to switch to Android in a hurry, although using DLNA I can already stream content over WiFi from my phone to my Samsung TV, which is pretty epic :)

  6. Wow, this looks to be impressive. I wonder what Google thinks about Android TVs encroaching on Google TVs. That’s a pretty odd conflict of interest!

  7. Cool tv comes with built in nanny cam.

  8. Could the camera be used for kinect style gaming?

    • Kinect has additional sensors in it – not just video cameras. Read more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinect

      “The device features an “RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone running proprietary software”,[33] which provide full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition and voice recognition capabilities.”

      • There are a few projects to get Kinect working with Android though. In the very near future it’s likely you’ll be able to plug a Kinect directly into the TV with an app installed on the TV to let you use it to play Android games or navigate the menus, etc – that would be pretty cool in itself.

  9. Anyone else really hoping that Google rebrands this thing to Android TV? I mean, that’s what it actually is; I don’t see why it was called Google TV at all.

    • I guess for the same reason that Apple’s version is called Apple TV and not iOS TV. The name of the company carries more meaning for regular users than the name of the OS, and the users who know about this stuff already know what’s powering the system under the hood.

      • I’d argue that “Android” has quite a strong backing with users as is. I don’t think it would matter which way they brand it, but calling it Android TV is really just naming it what it is.

  10. Give me something like that, but 65″ and make it available in Australia.
    Can someone do this for me???

  11. Certainly sounds like it could have great potential. Of course, full details, and a lengthy video from (hopefully) CES is needed.

  12. Wow Lenovo…wow! Great idea using 4.0 instead of GTV. +1 to Lenovo

  13. Big question for me is how much it will be!

  14. PC EnthusiastGuest 3 years ago

    Lenovo K91 is great. I wonder what will be the next move of Samsung since they have their own Smart TV and was the first one to introduced it.
    Since these smart TV are very new, their prices will be high.

  15. very nice looking tv, with some good specs..

  16. Just saying…..Google TV is Android based TV…it seems somewhat redundant to create a new TV interface from ICS rather than modifying GTV

  17. Wonder what type of 3D it will be using, will I be able to use the sames glasses that are used in the theaters? Will I be able to video chat from the TV? Will my fone be able to sync up with the TV and even stream content? All things I would like to know…

  18. Google TV, Android TV,… I like it and of corse the conectivity and functionality. Hope to see those devices in European stores soon.

  19. This is one neat TV, but my TV is is great how it is.

  20. Where can I read up on the difference between Google TV and Android? I thought the Logitech Revue was Google TV, and it got the Android update. I’m confused!?! Also not shopping for a new TV, so not critical. Trying to decide on a streaming box. My heart says Revue or other Google device, but my head says get one that has Hulu+ now.

    • I believe that Google TV now supports apps from the Android market, but isn’t Android-based…

  21. Apple will come out with this in about 6 months. Then they’ll sue Lenovo for stealing all their patents!

  22. Yes! This is the way to go lads! :-)