The Android operating system is everywhere, now used by numerous manufacturers and put into all forms of computing equipment, from smartphones to smart watches to game controllers.
While concerns regarding Android security continue, nobody can argue with the platform’s success, measured either by the number of vendors relying upon it or the types of devices in which it is being used. These are some of the most interesting Android-based products that are now, or soon will be, available.
Click through for nine exciting Android devices that are now, or will soon be, available.
HP’s Slate21 is an all-in-one PC featuring Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor and Android Jellybean 4.2.2.
Garmin’s Monterra is a Wi-Fi-enabled outdoor handheld GPS featuring a built-in 3-axis compass with accelerometer and gyro, a barometric altimeter and a UV sensor.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 focuses on compact size and lightweight design. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is the size of an eReader. The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 offers a larger HD screen optimized for entertainment. All multitask and will be available on July 7.
The Asus Transformer Book Trio features both Android and Windows 8. The Android version uses an Intel Atom Processor and offers 19.5 watt hour battery life and as much as 64 GB eMMC storage capacity.
The ATIV Q features both Windows 8 and Android Jellybean 4.2.2. Files can be transferred between the two operating systems.
The Sony SmartWatch 2 features NFC connectivity, high visibility in sunlight, extended battery life and many pre-installed apps.
The 3-inch square Ouya game console allows users to try a game for free before buying. It comes with a single controller. Additional controllers are $50 each.
CNET’s take on the new Android-based device: “The bottom line:The pricey HTC One Google Play Edition’s unique blend of premium design, components, and pure Jelly Bean software will only tempt true Android fanatics.”
And one for the future: The Xperia Z Ultra is a LTE-capable phablet with a 6.4-inch screen. It features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad core processor. The Xperia Z Ultra will launch in the third quarter.