It looks like a positive Motorola trait is about to rub off on new parent company Lenovo.
With Motorola, LG, HTC and Samsung all quick to bring Lollipop goodies to their fiercest Android soldiers, any handheld manufacturer promising 5.0 upgrade kickoffs in Q2 is in for quite a public scorn fest.
But let’s cut Lenovo some slack, and appreciate their engineers’ multitasking nature. Unlike Western-popular rivals, which seem to work on a device at a time, the Chinese OEM wants to bump up the software on a staggering seven gadgets pretty much simultaneously.
Between April and June, the A5000, A6000, P70, S90, Vibe X2, Vibe Z2 and Vibe Z2 Pro are in line for KitKat – Lollipop switches. That’s signed, sealed, confirmed, courtesy of a no-fanfare Lenovo support update.
Not quite the textbook definition of classically strong software support, it’s to be appreciated nevertheless, especially given Lenovo’s low-profile personality in the mobile space. Let’s hope they can pull off all the OTAs in the promised timeframe, and greedy as it may sound, fingers crossed for the list to be expanded in Q3.
Noticeably absent at the moment are Yoga tablets (or any tablet, for that matter), plus robust budget smartphone offerings like the S856, S860 or S930. Also, the oldie but goldie original Vibe Z, and just-unveiled upper tier P90.
As for the “magnificent seven” with Android 5.0 on the way, it’s obviously not surprising to see the newest members of the Vibe line get spoiled so early. We mostly expected the S90 “Sisley” and big-battery P70 to feature in this first batch as well, but we’re somewhat taken aback by the A5000 and A6000 love.
Both are brand-new, true, but they’re hardly high-end devices, with quad-core MediaTek and Snapdragon 410 chips respectively, just 1 gig of RAM (each), and 5-inch 720p screens in tow.