What is the Android Robot Called?
The Android™ robot has become a familiar site on the high street and in technology circles, because the Android OS is so popular and used in millions of smartphones around the world. Although not many people know what is the name of the Android robot. When Android started growing in popularity we got to thinking what is the Android robot called? A quick Internet search reveals that the Android robot name is “Mike” or “Bugdroid”. Well most people have a first name and a surname (family name) so naming the Android robot “Mike Bugdroid” covers both possibilities. The name “Mike” suggests that the robot is male but robots are genderless and it is humans that will apply gender to them. If the Android Robot was pink in color (colour) no doubt the name “Michelle” may have been given.
Droid is a Protected Term
Mike Bugdroid is sometimes simply referred to as “Droid”. Which is OK in a casual sense but not in a commercial sense. Why? Well the term Droid is a trademark of Lucasfilm, founded by George Lucas who created the Star Wars films. So using Droid in the title of a commercial product is not possible unless you want to pay Lucasfilm a fee, as some do as a result of the popularity of the Android operating system. I would not recommend using words such as “for Droid” in promoting Apps or using it in App names, e.g. Droid Chess, unless you fancy a strongly worded letter from a lawyer. Continue reading