Definition of android in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈandrɔɪd/


1(In science fiction) a robot with a human appearance: [as modifier]: there were no android security guards to stop him
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  • The science fiction fascination with robots and androids is the culmination of this perception of machines as being almost like one of us.
  • Modern Science Fiction abounds with intelligent robots and androids, both good and bad.
  • In the simplest, we have robots or androids who can think but who cannot feel joy, grief, guilt or jealousy.
2 (Android) [mass noun] ( trademark) An open-source operating system used for smartphones and tablet computers: [as modifier]: I have an Android phone and I like it a lot
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  • There have been 4.5 billion Android app downloads.
  • So we will see lots of different people making Androids and making Android apps.
  • The Android tablet hardware isn't that different so they could have something out quickly for another billion or two.


Early 18th century: from modern Latin androides, from andro- + -oid.

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