Lenovo aims to become the first company to create an African Android statue, to mark the launch of the Lenovo A1000, A3000 and S6000 Android tablets in Africa.
The most famous Android statues have been created by Google and are located at its corporate headquarters in California.
These statues document important milestones in the history of Android and have traditionally been based on the code names for the versions of Google’s Android mobile operating system, which are named alphabetically after desserts: Cupcake; Donut; Éclair; Froyo; Gingerbread; Honeycomb; Ice Cream Sandwich; and Jellybean.
It’s believed the next official version of Android will be called Key Lime Pie, a traditional American dessert – but Lenovo has decided to launch a campaign to ask Africans what they would name it if they had a choice. Lenovo will then build a statue, modelling it after the winning name.
The campaign is accompanied by a social media competition on Lenovo Africa Facebook page asking Android and Lenovo fans, in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, to name the statue. The winner of the best and most creative name will receive a hamper of Lenovo goodies worth R20 000.
The winner will be chosen by Lenovo and the Africa Android statue will be unveiled in October this year.
“We are thrilled to create Africa’s first ever Android statue to celebrate the launch of our new range of tablets,” says Graham Braum, country manager of Lenovo Africa.
“Our latest Android tablet family is perfectly matched to meet our customers’ demands. We’ve noted that 7-inch tablets are well accepted, particularly by young, active users who are always on the go, so we’ve created devices that address these customers’ needs, as well as devices for more demanding gamers and multimedia users.
“We are confident that our Android family will appeal to customers across Africa as we’ve made them highly accessible and flexible to serve multiple needs, styles and budgets.”