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Old 05-21-2011, 12:11 PM   #1
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Dumb Question: What is an android?

How is iy different from an ereader or cell phone?
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:14 PM   #2
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Android is an operating system written by Google. Either an e-book reader or a cell phone can run the Android operating system. Eg, the Nook Color e-book reader runs Android, as do lots of different models of cell phone.
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Androids may (or may not) dream of electric sheep. Ereaders and cell phones definitely do not.
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:36 PM   #4
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You are asking what is AN android so the proper answer is: a creature or a machine that is similar in appearance as a man. You could say humanoid too I guess.

Now if you are asking what is Android, then yes, it's an OS
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:54 PM   #5
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It's a lightweight embedded operating system that was developed by Android, who were then purchased by Google. It's Open Source Software (OSS) so it is easy and free for manufacturers to use it on their products, with uses ranging from Cell Phones, MP3 Players, eReaders, Tablets, Laptops and many other uses.
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:47 PM   #6
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:08 AM   #7
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Androids may (or may not) dream of electric sheep. Ereaders and cell phones definitely do not.
Groan. The OP certainly walked into that one. I wonder if Philip K. Dick's books are ebooks yet. lol.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:32 AM   #9
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Groan. The OP certainly walked into that one. I wonder if Philip K. Dick's books are ebooks yet. lol.
Yup, sure are.

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Groan. The OP certainly walked into that one...
Well the OP did say it was a dumb question... so they are excused this time!

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Old 05-23-2011, 04:45 PM   #11
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Android is just a broad term for the mobile operating system that was designed by google.

It's very simple to use but fairly robust operating system (and OP is the base software used by a device like windows, mac..ect).

Most Android setups on cellphones work pretty similar and even look similar. The android on the e-ink nook does not look quite the same as the nook color or other devices but if you can use one you should be able to figure them all out.

Augen also makes some very nice (and cheap $99) netbooks based on the android.
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Hello

Between:
1 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(robot)
and
2 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)

You pick

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Old 05-23-2011, 06:50 PM   #13
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How is iy different from an ereader or cell phone?
Well, first it depends on which eReader you have. The Nooks with eInk can't use most apps as far as I know but they run a version on android. The new Nook color has a small number of apps (relative to what's availible on the Android Market place). Most of the differences are look/feel related between cellphones and full color, touch ereaders.

It's hard to explain the differne if you have not seen both. They work and looks a lot of like but may not all have the same functions. However, most of the limitations are not the OS but the hardware, from one device to the next.

For instance, my cellphone can download apps at will from Android market place, the Nook Color can't use the Market place. Most phones with android have a GPS and the software to use it, the Nook does not. I can download music direct from Amazon on my phone, I cannot download MP3s direct at all on the Nook, though they can be loaded.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's sort of like buying a car with several versions with different options and capabilities.

The Nook color will probably have a lot more apps and thing as they go.
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You are asking what is AN android so the proper answer is: a creature or a machine that is similar in appearance as a man. You could say humanoid too I guess.

Now if you are asking what is Android, then yes, it's an OS
I not robot, but he robot.
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