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JasonTsay

Doesn't it just piss you off when people call all Android devices "droids"?

It's the equivalent of saying "iTouch" in place of iPod Touch. But do you think it's okay to call Android sets, "Androids" (ie Which Android is that?) or is it just as bad?

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ArmpitOfDeath

As long as I know what they're talking about, I don't care if people call them Rubins, let alone anything else.
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slipdisc

Agreed.
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JasonTsay

oh but they don't know what they're talking about and that's what bugs me. they think all of the android phones are in the "droid family" when only a select few on the verizon network actually are
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dave

It's kind of bothersome, but usually I know what people mean. Considering there's about 4 different Droid devices out there, they might have a point though (Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Droid Eris).

The "iTouch" just sounds funny, but I can see what people are trying to do there -- create a portmanteau of "iPod" and "touch." But it sounds ridiculous.

"I love my iTouch."

Awkward...
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TgD

Simple solution. Move to Canada. No Droids here. We do have the milestone :)
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JasonTsay

This pretty much sums it up -

https:­/­/twitter.com­/­#!­/falseSteveJobs­/status­/36138...
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Jaguar10301

I do hate this, and I correct it every time. People often confuse and don't understand that Android is an operating system, its not a set of phones from a certain manufacturer. They get very confused about it, if they know what they are talking about fine, but most usually don't.

As for the people who are speaking as if Droid is only Motorola, did you all forget the HTC Droid Incredible and the HTC Droid Eris?
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cass

It's as annoying as people calling all music players "iPods". I think I'm the only person on the planet left that still says "MP3 player" or PMP.

I personally don't really mind. If it makes it easier for my mom to understand what an "Android Smartphone" is, I'm all for it.
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JasonTsay

This is different. iPods have clearly dominated the MP3 player market to the point where signs in your local Walmart will say iPods rather than MP3 Players. I like to make the distinction whether something is a real iPod or just a knockoff/Sansa/Zune, etc... but it's clear that iPod is a more recognizable term for MP3 player to the general public.

As for phones, you don't see signs saying iPhone in place of a phones section in a store. I don't really mind people calling them Android's as much now just so that they know what it is but Droid is just crossing over that very thin line.
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ryuho

Oh come on, WE know it's wrong but the other 90% of the general population doesn't know/care about these kinds of stuff, so I say let it slide.
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jefmes

Having been a G1 owner, and then a Droid owner, and now a Droid X owner...I think I'm OK with it. :) 'Droid is short for Android anyway, so it works. More so than iTouch at least!
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JasonTsay

I just feel that it's stupid how the general non geek public thinks that all Android phones are droids due to the popularity of the original motorola set
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tlfloyd

Remember, of course, that Motorola has to acknowledge George Lucas and Lucasfilm in the fine print of every Droid contract, something that HTC, Samsung and LG do not have to do because they slapped different names on their devices. I don't care what you call your Android phone, but the lawyers at LucasFilm care a great deal about such things.
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JasonTsay

I just think it's rather sad that people think the only Android phones out there are DROID phones when there are a lot of really good ones that aren't
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crettke

The reason is that Verizon branded almost all android phones as DROID and they have the most pervasive advertising campaign.
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JasonTsay

This is true but it's important for people to know the different nonetheless. Some people think that "Droid's are only on Verizon"
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tlfloyd

It's not really Verizon's fault. They are just the wireless carrier. Motorola, the hardware manufacturer, is behind the "Droid" branding campaign. Verizon has no trouble selling the LG Ally and plenty of Samsung Fascinate android phones and clearly indicating they run Google's Android OS. I believe it is Motorola that is branding all of their Android devices as Droid--2/X/Pro. The only other hardware company I can think of that slapped the Droid name on their phone is HTC with the Incredible. Are there any other non-Motorola or HTC phones specifically branded as "Droids"?
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JasonTsay

Nope, and that's where this whole debate originated from.
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grantheppes

Verizon came up with the Droid brand and marketed all their phones that way.
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JustinCarone

It doesn't bother me all that much. Sure the nerd side of me cringes a bit, but not everybody is as informed on the make and model of every new device that gets released as geeks like us are. We all say things just as stupid concerning fields we are less well informed in from time to time. In the end you know what they are talking about so does it really matter? You can try to educate them of the proper name of the phone, if they really care, or just let it slide and go on with your day.
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RorinRune

I don't mind it, as it mean that the android is getting some sort of main stream notice. Though the one exception is when I am talking to my techie friend, and they refer android handsets to 'droids.
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ssstraub

Yes, this is a pet peeve of mine. Even more annoying is that there are two distinct entities: the Droid phone from Motorola and Droid series of phones on Verizon. I've taken to calling the Motorola Droid the "Droid Droid" because technically, that's what it is according to this set of rules.

It's like Verizon's goal is to confuse the branding. And I'm not sure creating confusion in the marketplace is a smart decision. Usually you want your brands to be as clear and distinct as possible.
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brett

No. It bothers me even more when people say "which Android is that?" Android is the OS, not the phone. My phone is not an Android, it's a Nexus One that runs Android.
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meredithp

I wouldn't say it pisses me off, but I do notice it. I do like the Droid commercials, though - every time they say "can your phone do this? or this?" I say YES. All Android phones can do the things they suggest...not just Droids.
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JasonTsay

Well not really piss off, but to the point of great annoyance and something you would want to correct them on.
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Cam

Totally okay to call them Androids. You call windows phones windows phones, right? And iPhones are iPhones. (okay, it's not iPhone OS anymore. Same idea)
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JasonTsay

Android may be the name of the OS but you are confusing yourself here. Windows Phones are called that by Microsoft. iPhones are only one phone and MUST be called iPhones. Android phones have a variety of hardware which each has its respective name.
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grantheppes

Verizon IS behind the Droid names on their phones, and it has worked. No one really knows Android, but instead thinks Droid is the only Google phones. It is generic Verizon Marketing mumbo jumbo, make it seem like they are the only ones with said product. They did a great job, and I hate them for it.
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radikal

it is what android phone is this? droid is a brand name from verizon and yeah. I get annoyed
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