Android and Droid: What’s the Difference?

With the increasing popularity and affordability of smartphones, more and more folks are ditching the flip for something a little more advanced.  The iPhone is probably still the most sought after device in the mix.  However, Android based devices are starting to get more time in the spotlight.  I’ve also been noticing people interchanging the name “Droid” for “Android”.

To help clarify, I’ve created this handy, dandy formula.

Android ≠ Droid; Droid = Android
or if you prefer
Android != Droid; Droid == Android

Let me explain…

Android is an operating system, mostly used on mobile phones.  There are currently 11 Android phones available in the US.  There are phones available on all four major US carriers and 1 available directly from Google.  Devices other than phones can run Android.

Droid is a series of phones available from Verizon Wireless.  There are currently two phones in the series: Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris.  Both run the Android operating system.  The generic term “Droid” usually refers to the Motorola phone.  Because of the “Droid Does” marketing campaign, it’s probably the most recognized Android phone.

In summary:  While both of the “Droid” phones run the Android OS, not all Android phones are “Droids”.

Hope this helps!

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