Archos Arnova 9 G2 budget-friendly tablet revealed

Honeycomb may be all the rage with Archos' top of the line tablets, but they never miss an opportunity to make good with the low end as well. Behold the Arnova 9 G2, a Gingerbread 9.7-inch affair with tablet-friendly modifications to Android. Even so, the tablet packs in some respectable hardware with a 1Ghz ARM processor and 8 gigabytes of built-in storage.

Team Xron’s CM7 dresses up your TouchPad in Honeycomb

Just like the rest of us, the CyanogenMod team doesn't have access to the Honeycomb source code, so for now the best they can do for custom ROMS and the HP TouchPad is Gingerbread. But themers are a crafty bunch, and since CyanogenMod is open sourced, a group calling themselves Team Xron has released a skinned version to at least make you feel like you're using a tablet OS. Users won't have access to Honeycomb apps, but the various customizations do make Gingerbread look pretty slick.

Android distribution numbers hold steady, Honeycomb still under 2%

When last we saw the distribution of the various Android versions, Gingerbread had nearly cracked 40% of the worldwide Android platform. This month it's passed it, taking 43.9% and inching closer to the still-dominant Froyo. Android 2.2 is still running on just over half of all Android devices, nearly eleven months after Gingerbread's release. Android's tablet OS Honeycomb barely increased to 1.9%, up just two tenths of a percent in a month.

Kobo Vox available now, beats Kindle Fire and Nook Color 2 to market

The e-reader tablet market that the original Nook Color opened up last year is about to explode, and dark horse Kobo doesn't intend to linger around the starting gate. The company's Kobo Vox reader, with a form factor and specs that fall roughly in line with Barnes & Noble and Amazon's offerings, is available online at retailers across the U.S. and Canada. The Android Gingerbread based tablet is tied into the Kobo bookstore, and costs $199.99 - almost exactly the same price as the upcoming Kindle Fire.

Verizon rolls out Gingerbread OTA update for the LG Revolution

The LG Revolution hit Verizon back in May, and contrary to the manufacturer's suggestion, life was not good for Android fans eager for a taste of Gingerbread. Verizon is now pushing out the Android 2.3 update across its network with the standard upgrades and bug fixes. For the record, the Revolution is getting the update a mere 10 months after the Gingerbread source code was released, and five months after it hit the market with Froyo.

LG Optimus series Android 2.3 updates rolling out now

If you are a user of the LG Optimus series of smartphones the Android Gingerbread 2.3 update is ready to head your way right now in Europe. There are several models in the Optimus range and the models will get the update in a staggered launch. According to the LG Facebook page, the first to get the update will be the Optimus 2X.

Motorola ATRIX 2 Review [Video]

Motorola's ATRIX 2 is a modest update to one of the most exciting smartphones to hit AT&T's network this year. It seems a little soon for the ATRIX to get a sequel, especially since the original is still available - at the same $99 price point, no less. Does some slightly updated hardware and a larger screen add up to a more compelling purchase? Let's find out.

HTC ThunderBolt Gingerbread update rolls out again, with security fix

It's been a rocky road to Gingerbread for the HTC ThunderBolt, but it appears that Verizon is once again pushing out the long-awaited update. The original 2.3 over-the-air update began back in late September, but serious bugs and glitches led the Verizon to suspend updates just a couple of days later. The new and presumably corrected update also includes HTC's fix for the massive security flaws discovered on all Sense phone earlier.

A week with CyanogenMod on the HP TouchPad [Video]

Like many out there, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on an HP TouchPad during its initial $99 fire sale specifically for the purpose of running Android on it. It's a very similar motive for when I bought a Barnes & Noble Nook Color, though in this case, I got a whole lot more tablet for the money. Like the Nook Color, the best (but not the first) option for running a full version of Android is the venerated CyanogenMod, now on its seventh version. I've spent the last week or so installing, customizing and generally playing with the one-two hardware and software combination - here are my impressions.