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(From "android") The robots of the Star Wars universe. While androids look somewhat human-like, Star Wars' droids are typically fashioned in the likeness of their creators or in a utilitarian design that stresses function over appearance. Droids are equipped with artificial intelligence, though some are naturally created smarter than others depending on the function they are designed to serve.

"Droid" is a Lucasfilm Ltd. trademark.


["A Guide to the Star Wars Universe", Bill Slavicsek, 1994, Lucasfilm Ltd.]

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(1) Slang for Android.

(2) The first Android phone to support Verizon's CDMA cellular technology. All prior Androids were GSM phones. Made by Motorola and introduced in late 2009, the DROID featured a physical keyboard for people who prefer real keys. It was also the first Android with free Google navigation software, and the stocks of GPS vendors took a hit the day after the announcement. The second generation of the DROID added features from the DROID X. See Android and DROID X.

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The DROID was the first Android-based CDMA offering on the market. (Image courtesy of Motorola, Inc.)
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