- The definition of an android is a robot that moves and is usually in human form.
C-3PO from Star Wars is an example of an adroid.
Origin of androidandr(o)- + -oid
(comparative more android, superlative most android)
- Possessing human qualities
From Ancient Greek ἀνδρός (andros), genitive of ἀνήρ (anēr, “man”) + -eides (“of the species; alike”), itself from εἶδος (eidos, “form, image, shape appearance, look”)
android - Computer Definition
An operating system for smartphones, tablets and laptops from the Google-sponsored Open Handset Alliance. With myriad models to choose from, Android is the leading mobile platform worldwide. Android is a Linux OS, and Android apps are programmed in Java. Users download applications from Google's Play Store (formerly Android Market), the Amazon Appstore and other online sources (see Google Play and Amazon Appstore). The first Android smartphone came out in 2008 and quickly became a major competitor to the iPhone, due to its availability from multiple carriers and handset manufacturers. By 2011, Android outsold every other smartphone. The large screens on many Android models have been an extremely popular feature (see phablet). Like Windows Vs. Mac Just like Windows computers, Android hardware is made by many different manufacturers. Also like Windows, Android vendors can add their own set of apps and different interface features to their phones. In contrast, like the Mac, the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are made only by Apple. They feature one interface, one set of included apps and one or two top models. See Open Handset Alliance, AOSP, Android fragmentation, mobile compatibility and mobile device vendor control. The Google Phone In 2005, Google acquired Android, Inc., creators of the platform. At Android's unveiling in late 2007, Google introduced specifications for third-party manufacturers; however, in 2010, it began to offer "pure Android" versions, first made by HTC and then Samsung (see Google Nexus). In 2012, Google acquired Motorola Mobility and became a phone manufacturer itself. However, in less than two years, while keeping thousands of patents, Google sold the company to Lenovo. See Android camera, Android rooting, Android laptop, Android antivirus program, Chromecast, Android TV, HTC G1 and smartphone.