Android is not a phone

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Almost every week I have to correct the misconception that most people that I come in contact with have about Android. The general belief is that because the iPhone is a device, Android must mean any touchscreen phone that is not an iPhone; right? Wrong!

Android is an operating system that is used to power some phones. Examples of phones that run Android are the popular Samsung Galaxy Series which consists of some very popular ones like the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy Note.

Mobile operating systems (OS) are simply software that power mobile phones. To enhance your knowledge on Android and how it runs you can check Android on Wikipedia and Mobile Operating systems .

No; Android is not a phone.

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Emmanuel Olalere

Emmanuel is a video blogger who shares his love of technology with the world. Check out his videos at Geekception.

0 thoughts on “Android is not a phone

  • April 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm
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    Ok..well said…Android is an OS, i believe there are other phone models. (LG etc) with Android OS on them..

  • April 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm
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    Chamberlain Usoh & Company n SunRiseDaily, Channels Television

    ‘You can send us your comments on these MOBILE DEVICES: the iPhone, the iPad, blackberry and ANDROID’

    Need I say more?

  • April 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm
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    Android could also be seen as just a platform to propagate/sell google products..
    In the near future, I see OEM’s building on that in their devices.

  • April 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm
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    Now what are we trying to prove?

    To the average man in the street, android is a phone and I agree with that. Does anyone have issues with that? The phone could be an HTC, or an LG, or whatever. IT IS AN ANDROID PHONE.

    Let’s not be too “techy” guys. SYMBIAN PHONES, WINDOWS PHONES, WINDOWS MOBILE PHONES, BADA PHONES etc. These are all perfectly acceptable terms and we all know what they mean.

    “A sabi pass my neighbour na bad thing o! ”

    Lest you get me wrong, I am aware android as an operating system could do other things just like windows operating system used on laptops could & do run ATM machines, and iOS on iPad could and do run a luxury yacht.

  • April 25, 2012 at 11:32 pm
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    @deoladoctor, you spoke my mind. This is much ado about nothing. Even the “laymen” know what they are talking about when they say android. Its a sign of prestige. People usually say I use symbian or blackberry without specifying. Its normal. Sometimes, the crowd here and in other tech blogs feel “too smart” and often use condescending tones. Its bad.

  • April 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm
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    @Emmanuel Olalere I think you’re just over doing things. There is nothing wrong with referring to a device running the OS as ‘an android’ or saying ‘i use android’. Technically, it may be wrong but sometimes english has to be modified to suit man not we adjusting to english. We set the rules. Correcting everyone that uses the term ‘android’ could be taken as feeling too smart and could land you some slaps if you’re not careful.

    @eyebeekay so what would you suggest channels to say? ‘iphone, blackberry and mobile phones that run the android operating system’?? trust me I’m sure channels knows that it’s an OS

    what would be wrong is something like; “i want to buy android”
    most people (including me and channels) that just say ‘android’ know that its an OS so stop acting like a mr. know all.

    afterall computers that run apple’s macintosh are referred to as macs?? are’nt they?

  • April 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm
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    knowledge and details that are meant to be passed down from generation to generation have been lost because of things like this. It is totally unacceptable to call something wrong when you know it is wrong, OK you know its wrong and there is nothing wrong with that, but, what of people that don’t know its wrong but just follow you blindly.

    Please, I expect every knowledgeable Tech person to correct people politely when they make common Tech mistakes.

    Channels should have said,

    ‘You can send us your comments on these MOBILE DEVICES: the iPhone, the iPad, blackberry phone/device and ANDROID phones/device ’

  • April 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm
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    @deoladoctor and @efe- You must not forget that Blackberries are made by one manufacturer and Symbian is actively made and was recently killed by Nokia. The context in which the “laymen” use it is in the conetext of a phone maker not an OS e.g i even hate all those Android gan sef, it is not as smooth as iPhone. So no it’s not much ado about nothing, just a pointer to those who still make the mistake.

    @toby – I correct them as politely as possible mind you, this post is also part of my effort to enlighten peeps that still make the mistake.

  • April 27, 2012 at 3:48 am
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    I believe saying android phones simply generalizes all the OEMs that uses android on their phones. If channels has successfully passed the message to their viewers, then the goal has been achieved. I know my phone is a Samsung, but when people ask me, I tell them I use an android.

  • April 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm
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    trust me I’m sure channels knows that it’s an OS

    I would not hold my breath on that.

    Some of these TV folks are not always as knowledgeable as we think they are.

  • April 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm
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    “””
    Some of these TV folks are not always as knowledgeable as we think they are.
    “””

    c’mon if it was nta, i would understand. channels still has rep. if they’re knowledgeable enough to make an app then they definitel y know wat android is

    @emmanuel Olalere. What is wrong with “I hate all those androids” i don’t get. What should he say then?

  • April 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm
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    ‘ You can send us your
    comments on these MOBILE
    DEVICES: the iPhone , the iPad,
    blackberry and ANDROID ’

    It should be either……. ‘ You can send us your
    comments on these MOBILE
    DEVICES: the iPhone , the iPad,
    RIM and any ANDROID running device ’

    Or better still ……… ‘ You can send us your
    comments on any of these MOBILE OS
    platforms ;the iOS, blackberry OS and Android OS’

    The playbook is a device manufactured by RIM running the blackberry OS too.

  • April 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm
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    I stand to be corrected

    @fortespy, i think you should stop standing.
    No correction forthcoming…

  • April 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm
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    Much ado about nothing. Most people don’t know and will never understand no matter how you explain it to them. Someone with a Nokia phone might say it’s running Nokia.

    I saw someone’s phone a few weeks ago and said “HTC device, nice. Does it have Android or Windows Phone?”. He didn’t seem to know or understand what I had said and said it was running HTC!

  • April 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm
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    its no big deal really. i believe most people understand that Android powers d phone. most Android powered phones do not even have any android label on it, yet they have manufacturers label boldly written on it.

    sometimes when it comes to English and naming, if its generally accepted then its regarded as ok.

    term like ‘windows pc’ windows laptop’ windows mobile phone’ mac laptop’Android phone’windows phone’smart tv’ Nokia charger are all acceptable, the key is communication.

  • April 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm
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    (
    sometimes when it comes to English and naming, if its generally accepted then its regarded as ok.
    )

    @Bily, Basically, i agree with you there. Language evolves.

    But in tech circles, what is wrong is wrong!

    If a Lawyer uses the word ‘intendment’, it is a valid word, but in everyday use, it means nothing. The correct word would be ‘intention’

    Irrespective of who misuses a term (layman / apple founder), i feel it is okay to point it out.

    Language is all about communication, but it gives us no right to communicate slovenly!..

  • April 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm
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    Point it out for what purpose? To feel smart? Yomi’s latest post shows steve wozniak, the co-founder of apple making the same “mistake”. Are we saying he doesnt know what he is saying? People use android because nowadays the platform is more important and more recognisable than manufacturer brand name. When a phone is released nowadays, the first thing that is mentioned is its platform. Telling someone that its android is usually more informative than saying its samsung or htc. Telling you its android instantly gives you an idea of its capabilities. Thats what people want you to know

  • April 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm
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    (
    Telling someone that its android is usually more informative than saying its samsung or htc. Telling you its android instantly gives you an idea of its capabilities. Thats what people want you to know
    )

    i think that is a load of crap!

    Would you buy an unbranded Chinco device JUST BECAUSE it runs Android? Please!

  • April 28, 2012 at 6:17 pm
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    Load of crap? I guess telling you that its samsung gives you more information than saying its android! Or saying its nokia gives you more needed info than saying its symbian or windows phone.

  • April 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm
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    Will I buy a chinco phone just because its android? lol. if thats what I can afford, a big yes. Pay attention to the marketing of Etisalat Gaga phone? What stands out? The facy that its android. Up till now, most people dont know the manufacturer of that phone. You probably do not know

  • April 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm
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    Ask around. Ask people what the real brand name and model of etisalat gaga is. 8 out of 10 people wont be able to tell you even in tech circles. But 9/10 will tell you its android.

  • April 28, 2012 at 6:44 pm
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    Different folks different strokes.

    The fact a phone tons aneroid us a more important consideration than the brand and the hardware makeup?
    That is YOYR way. Not ‘my way’..

  • April 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm
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    Well……its the way of the world. Platform first. That is not to say branding and hardware are irrelevant. They are not. But a guy is more likely to say I use android rather than I use a 1Ghz phone or an htc phone. That is why most people do not know that Etisalat is a Huawei phone ( close to being an unbranded chinco). The android name and brand is sufficient unless you need detailed info. Tell me you ve never said “i use symbian”

  • April 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm
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    (
    Tell me you ve never said “i use symbian”
    )

    I never said it.

    I say instead, ‘i use a symbian Phone’.

    Disambiguation, see?

    I wonder how i got sucked into this pointless argument.

    A gentleman said, .Android is not a phone’.

    WE all know that is an indisputable statement. It is an OS.

    WHAT am i doing arguing with this SmartJane?

    O ga o!

  • April 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm
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    I say instead , ‘ i use a symbian
    Phone ’ .

    this is just the same as saying ‘i use an Android phone’

    so if you argue that the later is wrong, that makes the former wrong too .

    so can you c why this argument is so ridiculous.

  • April 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm
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    (
    so if you argue that the later is wrong, that makes the former wrong too .
    )
    I never said it is wrong to say, ‘i use an Android Phone’.

    Omitting ‘phone’ is either the result of carelessness, mental laziness ir sheer ignorance!

    see…

    Android is used by wide ranging devices: car systems, wristwatches, tablets, phones etc.

    Symbian used only in phones. See the difference?

  • April 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm
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    Context. Thats the key word here. You ask someone, what kinda of phone are you using? The person replies android. simple. You understand. he understands. We are not in a classroom or examination hall. And if you must correct somebody, must you be condescending? kai. No wonder people consider tech blogs as geek territory.

  • April 28, 2012 at 8:43 pm
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    Abeg, e pass this android matter? We all get what d author is trying to say…and all our opinions count..so UNTO THE NEXT ONE ABEG!!

  • April 30, 2012 at 4:55 am
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    efe:

    My friend, he would not understand. He likes to be seen as someone who is wise. He is always overeager to post “smart” comments sometimes it is overkill.

  • May 5, 2012 at 12:32 am
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    wait.. So no one here has used the phrase or heard “i like mac computers” or “i use a mac” these are apple computers that run mac os. so why can’t i say “i use an android or droid” in case you don’t know android refers to both the os and the devices it powers. I would expect you to know this by now Even mark zucker and steve wozniack used the term recently. So they are also part of the illiterate people you need to enlighten, right? What channels needed to do is just add an ‘s’ so it ends with “iphone and androids” instead of “iphone and android” the only thing that may be wrong is “i use android” cuz it sounds like” i use iphone” or “i use computer” but when you look at it from the perspective that you use the android os to complete your daily computing tasks or you’re an android user theN it may be correct. Most people here are just or know alls with outdated english

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