November 15, 2012 By: Joseph Hindy
Getting an update often requires a new root method. As new versions of the firmware are released, old root methods are sometimes patched off. It’s then set upon developers to find a new root method. In some cases, it can be rather hard. Other times, users and developers luck out and root methods for other devices help out. For the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet, the latter is the case.
XDA Senior Member emuandco took a risk and started trying root methods from other devices to see if one of them would work. As luck would have it, one happened to work. The Transformer Prime Debugfs Root method by XDA Recognized Contributor sparkym3 successfully rooted the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet.
In case you haven’t seen it, the Debugfs Auto Root tool is an automated root script. Users just need to download and run the script. Of course there is the risk of things going wrong, but that is always the case with device hacking. In terms of compatibility, users have reported that Lenovo users don’t have to do anything differently than the Transformer Prime. So simply follow the instructions as they’re written.
February 3, 2012 By: liwen
The ThinkPad Tablet was released last August, running Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Similar to the ThinkPad line of notebooks, it is targeted at business users and comes with a stylus and note-taking software. Despite security features aimed at enterprise, it was recently rooted.
Several monts after the release of Android 4.0, the ThinkPad Tablet is one of the few tablets that are confirmed to be getting updates to the latest Android version. The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the ASUS Transformer Prime began rolling out in January, not without issues, while Sony’s Android tablets are said to be receiving their updates “in spring”.
Lenovo’s Android tablets haven’t proven to be too popular here in our forums, but there has been some development activity nonetheless. The IdeaPad version targeted at consumers has been rooted last month, and now the same has been accomplished for the ThinkPad version, which is aimed at professionals and business users. Shortly after that, forum member jcase even managed to port ClockworkMod Recovery.
The process is pretty simple, though of course everything you do is at your own risk. Rooting requires running a batch file and following the instructions given, while installing CWM is slightly more complex in that you have to type some nifty adb commands.
Feel up to the task? Go ahead to this forum thread for the root, and then install ClockwordMod Recovery. Don’t forget to backup everything – the dev says that the CWM port is still considered a ‘test build’.