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    Android vs Droid (Google, Verizon, and Lucas Arts)

    What is it!?

    Okay so this might seem like a rant. People expect the most out of their cell phone. Some like to sound really knowledgeable when it comes to these devices also.

    So if you claim to know a lot about them. Please know this.

    Not every Android device is a Droid! Skip to the end to where it relates to cell phones.


    "The word droid is derived from android which means "man-like." Of course the term is erroneously used for "second degree" droids that have nothing common with humanoids. Droid is the exclusive name for every robotic entity in Star Wars. The name "robot" appears only in primitive (Pre-Republic) droids. However, C-3PO and R2-D2 were referred to as "robots" on one occasion in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

    Droids' legal rights are often a fiercely debated topic among fans.[source?]

    In one television documentary, George Lucas said that C-3PO--and thus by extension all droids--had no soul.

    Early Expanded Universe material sometimes spelled droid with an apostrophe ('droid), short for android.

    George Lucas holds a trademark on the term "droid." The miniature 'mech combat wargame BattleTech was originally released under the name BattleDroids, but was renamed due to trademark issues with Lucasfilm.

    Pixar Animation Studios' film The Incredibles (2004) contains a reference to Lucasfilm's droid with the large weapon of destruction, the Omnidroid; an apparently unrelated killer droid of the same name also appears in Star Wars Galaxies. The credits of the film give a nod to Lucasfilm.

    From Mickey News [1] (25 November 2004):

    For some viewers that feeling lasts through the closing credits, where a notice that the term "Omnidroid" was used by permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. has prompted some fans to speculate that The Incredibles offers a sneak peak at a character from the next Star Wars film.
    "No. No, no, no," Bird [Brad Bird, director of The Incredibles] says with a laugh, when asked if the secret weapon has a secret of its own. "I like that they think that, but it's more the term 'droid' is Lucas and we made the term Omnidroid (and then got the OK as a courtesy). So, no, there's no sneak. But God bless those fans. They're crazy."

    The term "Droid" has been licensed by Verizon Wireless for their line of smartphones based on the Android operating system. Motorola's late-2009 Google Android-based cell phone is called the Droid and this line of phone has been expanded to include other Android-based phones released under Verizon. The term is used under license from Lucasfilm.[1] "

    Droid - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki

    Let us also note that the HTC Eris was also called the Droid Eris. This is true for the HTC Incredible or Droid Incredible also.

    Some phones were not labeled as Droids such as the Devour. It was thought that they might be saving this term for the higher end phones. At the time the Eris was not that bad compared to it's siblings.

    Android Operating System

    "Android is an open-source software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications.[5][6] Google Inc. purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005.[7] Android's mobile operating system is based on a modified version of the Linux kernel. Google and other members of the Open Handset Alliance collaborated on Android's development and release.[8][9] The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android.[10]

    Canalys reported that in Q4 2010 the Android operating system was the world's best-selling smartphone platform, dethroning Nokia's Symbian from the 10-year top position.[11][12] Jumping from 23.5 percent, Android now represents 31.2 percent of the U.S smartphone market.[13] According to Gartner, Symbian is still slightly ahead on sales if some legacy non-Nokia Symbian smartphones are included in the Q4 2010 figures.[14]

    Android has a large community of developers writing application programs ("apps") that extend the functionality of the devices. There are currently over 150,000 apps available for Android.[15][16] Android Market is the online app store run by Google, though apps can also be downloaded from third-party sites. Developers write primarily in the Java language, controlling the device via Google-developed Java libraries.[17]

    The unveiling of the Android distribution on 5 November 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 80 hardware, software, and telecom companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices.[18][19] Google released most of the Android code under the Apache License, a free software and open source license.[20]

    The Android open-source software stack consists of Java applications running on a Java-based, object-oriented application framework on top of Java core libraries running on a Dalvik virtual machine featuring JIT compilation. Libraries written in C include the surface manager, OpenCore[21] media framework, SQLite relational database management system, OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics API, WebKit layout engine, SGL graphics engine, SSL, and Bionic libc. The Android operating system consists of 12 million lines of code including 3 million lines of XML, 2.8 million lines of C, 2.1 million lines of Java, and 1.75 million lines of C++.[22]

    Version historyMain article: Android version history
    Android has seen a number of updates since its original release. These updates to the base operating system typically focus on fixing bugs as well as adding new features. Generally each new version of the Android operating system is developed under a code name based on a dessert item.

    The most recent released versions of Android are:

    2.0/2.1 (Eclair), which revamped the user interface and introduced HTML5 and Exchange ActiveSync 2.5 support[41]
    2.2 (Froyo), which introduced speed improvements with JIT optimization and the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine, and added Wi-Fi hotspot tethering and Adobe Flash support[42]
    2.3 (Gingerbread), which refined the user interface, improved the soft keyboard and copy/paste features, and added support for Near Field Communication[43]
    3.0 (Honeycomb), a tablet-oriented[44][45][46] release which supports larger screen devices and introduces many new user interface features, and supports multicore processors and hardware acceleration for graphics.[47] The Honeycomb SDK has been released and the first device featuring this version, the Motorola Xoom tablet, went on sale in February 2011.[48]

    The upcoming version of Android is:

    Ice-cream sandwich, a combination of Gingerbread and Honeycomb into a "cohesive whole,"[49] with a possible release in mid-2011[50]"

    -Source Wikipedia (


    The above is a excerpt from Wiki's entry. This article is worth reading if you want to pick up more information on the operating system.

    I have seen people far and wide use the word Droid incorrectly. This is done by the consumer and those selling the products. Now if you're new to it all, I understand why you're making a mistake. Just don't try to act like the all knowing and misuse it. We'll call you out on it. If your job is to sell these devices, please know more than the average consumer.

    End rant.

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