Toshiba’s Excite gets a new name, date and price

Toshiba's Excite X10 made a splash when the company unveiled it at CES, and for good reason: it's one of the most stylish tablets we've ever seen, something made even more impressive when considering that the original Thrive was universally panned as dull. See if you can hang on to your excitement as the tablet comes to market; the re-christened Excite 10 LE will be availablie in the United States starting on March 6th, starting at (gulp) $529.99.

Sony Tablet P headed to AT&T on March 4th

We've been bemoaning the lack of availability of the Sony Tablet P, a unique clamshell Android tablet, ever since it launched in Japan and failed to materialize here in the US. It looks like the long wait is finally over: the Sony Tablet P will come to AT&T on Sunday, March 4th, four months after it hit the market elsewhere. The tablet will cost $399.99 - not bad, but of course you'll also need to sign up for a new two-year contract or renew your current one. Unlike most of the new tablets headed to MWC, the Tablet P will only get access to HSPA+ "4G", not the new LTE network.

DROID XYBOARD root works on all current Moto 2.3 and 3.0 devices

Good news, Motorola modders: the root method developed for the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID XYBOARD 8.2 should work on just about every current Motorola device out there. The developer of the XYBOARD root method (among many, many others) Dan Rosenberg said that the exploit, which he calls "Motofail", should work on Motorola devices running Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Since that encompasses pretty much every Motorola device released in the last six months, it's a major boon to the community.

Refurbished XOOM units from Woot contain old user data

Woot had a Motorola XOOM sale at the tail end of 2011, and as it turns out now, there were a batch of these units that still contained their original users data upon them. For those that give up their units to the refurbishing points across the USA often do not know that they have to reset their devices before they hand them over, believe it or not. For a period between March and October of 2011, refurb groups across the USA did not check the devices correctly.

ZTE Optik official: 7-inch 3G Honeycomb tablet for $99 on contract

The options for cheap tablets are increasing, thanks to Chinese manufacturers like ZTE. Their first entry into the American tablet market is the Optik, a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet bound for The Now Network starting this Sunday, February 5th. The Optik is roughly the equal of the Huawei Springboard (AKA MediaPad) over on T-Mobile, with one important distinction: it starts at just $99. Of course, to get that sweet price you'll need to sign a two-year contract for a data plan. This tablet is probably in the same family as the ZTE V66 we saw earlier.

Gingerbread runs on 73% of Android devices, says reseacher

If you're reading this on your Android phone, odds are pretty good that it's running Gingerbread and has a screen four inches or larger with a resolution of 800x480. That's the conclusion reached by Localytics, a research firm taking a long hard look at data supplied by apps that use the company's proprietary analytic data. Localytics claims that a full 73% of Android devices (smartphone and tablets) run Gingerbread. That figure disagrees with the latest numbers from Google, now a month old, which claim that Gingerbread runs on just 55% of Android hardware.

Motorola XYBOARD WiFi tablets available for purchase

If you're anything like the writers and editors here at Android Community, you're in no hurry to be saddled with yet another monthly contract - even for the luxury of an LTE-enabled tablet. That was one of the the things that made the quite solid Motorola DROID XYBOARD tablets on Verizon much less desirable than they might otherwise have been. After a few weeks of pre-orders, Motorola has made both the XYBOARD 10.1 and XYBOARD 8.2 available for purchase on their website in WiFi-only forms. They're absent the DROID branding, which is an exclusive marketing tool for Verizon's partner hardware.

ASUS MeMo 171 7-inch Honeycomb tablet hands-on

We've heard plenty regarding this next tablet that we spotted over at the ASUS while wandering the halls at CES. This is the ASUS Eee Pad Memo 171 although we've seen a few names in the past. This isn't the first time we've heard of it but now it's in the US we quickly grabbed some pictures. It's currently set to hit Europe soon and we have all the details.

Pantech Element waterproof tablet leaks for AT&T: $299 on January 8th

The latest addition to AT&T's tablet range comes from an unlikely source. Pantech, previously happy enough to make cheap smartphones, will be releasing a surprisingly novel Honeycomb tablet with AT&T LTE connectivity in just a few days. According to BGR, the Element also includes basic waterproof specification. You get some fairly standard specs including an 8-inch screen running the latest version of Honeycomb for just $299.99, which makes the new tablet the cheapest available on AT&T.

Android distribution: Gingerbread at 55%, Ice Cream Sandwich appears for the first time

It's that time again, boys and girls, when the folks at the Android Developer portal release the latest statistics on the division of Android versions across the platform. This month we see a continuation of recent trends, with Gingerbread keeping a steady growth and Honeycomb bumping slightly. But the most exciting statistic is that in December Ice Cream Sandwich made its distribution debut, running on .6% of all Android devices.
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