Look at the specs for Lenovo’s latest:
“LePhone K860 smartphone featuring Samsung Electronics’ quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, 1GB RAM, Android 4.0, 5-inch 1280 by 720 touch screen and 8-megapixel rear camera.”
Lenovo sold 5 million smart phones last quarter and plans to sell 20 million in 2012 with 40 models. Tell me they are not having fun… Lenovo sold 12.8 million x86/amd64 PCs last quarter. 5 million smart phones with specs that would embarrass most PCs from a decade ago and still fit in the pocket are a wonderful addition to Lenovo’s product line. Guess which are more profitable after paying M$ a licensing fee for Wintel PCs. Guess which software has the larger margin, FLOSS or that other OS? Guess which give Lenovo real independence from M$’s interference in their business.
If Lenovo and other OEMs can make a decent living selling FLOSS on smart phones they have a hedge against any disruption in income due to M$’s penchant for disaster like Vista and “8″. They also have a cushion to use if they decide to ship more GNU/Linux PCs. OEMs would be glad to be paid more for their labour making hardware and less for selling M$’s stuff. Lenovo makes PCs of many kinds. They don’t have to make Wintel PCs.