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Android 4.0 on Lenovo Smart TV
Firstly, users cannot install Android applications through USB drive or through website, they may only download Android app from Android Market. However, Android market is not available in China and therefore Chinese users have to use Lenovo’s Android Market (so-called the “LeStore”) to download app. With the LeStore (Lenovo’s Android market), there are around 150 types of apps that are available. If we compared it to other Smart TV platforms (LG has about 400 apps; Samsung has 310 apps; Panasonic, Philips, Sony and Sharp each have less than 50 apps), LeStore is actually doing quite good as a new player in the industry. In the meanwhile, you may also want to take a look of our previous article that explained how mess up the Android Market in China is.
Secondly, users may only watch streaming videos from the VOD system (Video On Demand), streaming video apps like Youku or Tudou won’t be able to run on this TV. The system will be offering various movies in 1080p, 720p, 480p and 360p for free in different categories like 3D, documentary, music, Asian cinema, etc.
The Smart TV market in China
Based on figures released by Beijing-based CCID Consulting, sales of smart TVs in China are expected to reach 8.6 million sets this year, and hit 25 million in 2014, accounting for between a 50% and 60% share of the LCD TV market. The growth of smart TVs has overtaken 3D TVs, and the market will be matured in 2014. A sales manager at Suning Appliance also noted smart TVs have accounted for 30% of the store’s TV sales, and will continue to see explosive growth this year. Traditional TV manufacturers TCL, Changhong TV, Konka, Hisense, Sharp, LG and Samsung, IT companies have shown their ambition to enter the competitive smart TV market as well.