Lenovo To Preload Pokki Modern Start Menu And App Store In IdeaPad And ThinkPad Devices


Pokki Windows

SAN DIEGO, Aug 22, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — SweetLabs(R), an app distribution company, today announced an agreement with Lenovo, the world’s leading PC manufacturer, to preload SweetLabs’ Pokki software on new Lenovo PCs shipped worldwide, starting with consumer devices. These devices will include Pokki’s modern Start menu, app store, and game arcade out-of-the-box, all powered by SweetLabs’ dynamic app recommendation and distribution platform.

“Our collaboration with SweetLabs strikes the perfect balance between providing our customers great apps, and growing Lenovo’s business around app distribution,” said Peter Gaucher, executive director, Software and Content Services, Lenovo. “The Pokki software suite complements the Windows experience, and we’re excited to work with SweetLabs to open up new distribution opportunities for app developers across our devices worldwide.”

Pokki has been downloaded by tens of millions of Windows users looking to launch and access their favorite apps directly from the desktop, much like a home screen on a smartphone. By preloading Pokki, Lenovo and SweetLabs are not only making app access more intuitive for users, but also app discovery, opening significant app distribution opportunities for developers.

Apps are dynamically recommended in the Pokki Start menu, app store, and game arcade to users by SweetLabs’ real-time app recommendation system, which matches the right apps with the right users. This system has already served one billion app recommendations this year, and the addition of Lenovo substantially extends the reach of this distribution opportunity for app developers looking to be promoted on brand new Windows 8 devices.

“We started SweetLabs to create the world’s largest app distribution platform for developers, and today’s announcement with the #1 PC maker on the planet, Lenovo, is a massive step in the right direction,” said Darrius Thompson, co-founder and CEO at SweetLabs. “We’re proud that Lenovo has chosen to enhance the out-of-box Windows 8 experience with Pokki, complementing Lenovo’s innovative devices with a better way for users to access and discover apps.”

SweetLabs today also announced that the OEM version of Pokki has added support for distribution of multiple app types as well as 13 languages including German, Portuguese, and Russian. Using Pokki, Lenovo customers and Pokki users worldwide can browse, discover, and access free, downloadable apps, including:

— traditional PC desktop apps (e.g., Dropbox, Evernote, Skype)

— Pokki desktop versions of web and social apps (e.g., Facebook, Gmail, Kabam games)

— unique Pokki apps (e.g., popular Instagram app, Instagrille, and Twitter desktop app, Tweeki)

— Windows Store Apps (e.g., Cocktail Flow, Netflix, USA Today)

The Lenovo products with, preloaded Pokki software, span multiple device types such as the IdeaPad laptops, ThinkPad laptops, IdeaCentre desktops, and will be available in multiple regions across the world.

  • Mikado_Wu

    OMG, that’s horrid. And I was thinking of giving Lenovo a try.

  • Jason Kohlhoff

    This was one of the first things that we uninstalled from our new Toshiba Satellite Windows 8 laptop. The Pokki app marketplace totally undermines what Microsoft is trying to accomplish with the Windows App Store, and Lenovo is making a big mistake by including this.

  • Bugbog

    My first instinct is to call it bloatware (i.e. spam). However, I haven’t ever tried it, so I can’t truly say whether or not it’s useful to others.

    I do know, personally, that it looks absolutely horrid! And I definitely have no need or desire to use it!

    • Avatar Roku

      It is bloatware. They push their app store and apps at you like crazy. This is a real turnoff and makes me not want to buy Lenovo.

    • Emily the Strange

      its bloatware, i installed an App and i didnt uncheck it, when i saw it made me computer look stupid and slow. like you could tell something was installing and running, and when i saw puff, stupid pokki, and it wanted to install flash plugin and all =_= when i uninstalled it i told them how crappyit was, it didnt give any benefit anyway… its not even that similar to old start menu

  • Bruce

    I’ve seen this piece of bloatware break and stop working on a number of computers. This may cause more problems than anything. They should’ve gone for something more reliable or nothing at all.

  • Truthhz

    Don’t buy junk bloat PCs like this. Lenovo should know better. Their business hardware won’t have this junk… better not