Lenovo Cans Skylight OS In Favor Of Android, U1 Also Downgraded

Wow. That's really all there is to say about this. With Apple's iPad leading to a crazy amount of interest in tablets, HP's recent acquisition of Palm and their WebOS and Lenovo's fantastic recent quarter, there's been a lot of wild stuff going down in the tech sector. But who saw this coming? Lenovo, which made a big name for themselves by introducing a few "industry firsts" at CES this year, just flipped on a number of efforts that were seemingly unique to the company.

Just after MeeGo 1.0 went live for download, here we have another Linux-based operating system falling off of the grip. One is born, one is buried. The Skylight OS was introduced back at CES, and at the time, it seemed perfect for this year's upcoming netbooks, tablets, etc. But soon after, the OS quickly fell off of the map, and we really haven't heard anything about it since. But the craziest part is this: Lenovo isn't killing the Skylight OS just because it had a change of heart, but a change in plans. Instead of Skylight OS, we'll be seeing Android on Lenovo devices. We sort of understand the desire to side with an OS that already has a foothold in the industry, but it's still a real blow for anyone really looking forward to something completely new and fresh from Lenovo.

Sadder still, the U1 hybrid netbook/tablet that first saw the light at CES is also being eliminated. Or, at least it's being thought of now as a concept rather than something that is gearing up for shipment. So it's a sad day in the Lenovo world today, but at least the company is shifting gears and placing bets on a proven OS. No pressure, Android!