- 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
A smartphone and tablet operating system from the Open Handset Alliance, which was created by Google. With myriad models to choose from, Android is the leading smartphone platform worldwide, outselling every other brand by a huge margin. Based on Linux and 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 phone came out in 2008 and quickly became a major competitor to the iPhone, due to its availability from multiple carriers, as well as the huge support of all major handset manufacturers. By 2011, Android outsold every other smartphone. The large screens on many Android phone models are an extremely popular feature (see phablet). Like Windows Vs. Mac Like Windows computers, Android hardware is made by different manufacturers. Also like Windows, Android vendors can add their own set of apps to their phones as well as different interface features. 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 top-end model. 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 mobile 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 (see Motorola). See Android camera, Android rooting, Android antivirus program, Chromecast, Google TV, HTC G1 and smartphone.