8 surprising gadgets that run Android

As well as accessing Google Play, the S800c has a 10x optical zoom, 1.7GB internal memory, and works in an almost identical manner to any Android-based smartphone. Non-Wi-Fi photo sharing is done via tethering with a 'proper' smartphone.

5. Android games consoles

An Android-based games console, anyone? Ouya has been getting a lot of attention of late, but this crowd-funded project - due out this summer - already has OnLive, TuneIn and XBMC integrated into its Android-based OS, so it's not just about games. There are suggestions that its Android OS could also host streaming video apps like Netflix and YouTube on its Android-based OS.

Eight surprising gadgets that run Android

It's not just about games - the Ouya features OnLive, TuneIn and XBMC

Another wannabe in this realm is the portable palm-sized GameStick from PlayJam, an Android-based console that promises media centre features as well as gaming.

6. Android smartwatches

Poised for greatness in the coming years is wearable tech, with smartwatches predicted to take over from fitness gadgets. This prototype, the Si14 WearIT Sports Watch, marries the two genres within an Android 4.1 user interface that although primarily aimed at athletes, can also host regular smartphone/tablet apps.

Eight surprising gadgets that run Android

Could smartwatces be the dark horse of the Android revolution?

As well as alerting the wearer to Facebook updates and playing both music and video, Si14 offers lap timers and GPS mapping, but, crucially, also features ANT+ connectivity for data transfer that lets it connect to blood glucose meters and heart monitors.

The Si14 isn't alone. I'm Watch is also Android based, though this Italian-made smartwatch has its own app shop and runs a completely customised version of Android called i'm Droid 2. If smartwatches do take-off, it could really be a shot in the arm for the Android OS.

7. Android smartglass

Bye-bye smartphone. Out later this year, Google's debut attempt to tempt us with its 'smartglass' concept is Android all over, but it won't be the only one.

Eight surprising gadgets that run Android

Google's smartglass is coming to your eyes this year

Google's Glass Explorer Edition, which will use Bluetooth to link up to Android and iOS devices, features a transparent screen hosting an Android OS to create an augmented reality, while Vuzix will unleash its effort, the M100, which is also Android based.

With HD camera, GPS and accelerometers, the M100 superimposes computer-generated images and information on a tiny screen held just above the left eye, though it's not transparent.

The M100 can connect to the web and has all the usual Android OS facilities, such as apps. It can also link to an Android smartphone and act as a hands-free kit, but can just as easily be used on its own.

8. Android smart home automation

With Google's Android@home department, home automation based around an Android OS should, by rights, already be with us. However, in the two years since we've been aware of Android@home, nothing has happened.

Eight surprising gadgets that run Android

The likes of the Iris smarthome system invites itself into your home

Meanwhile, we've seen the likes of the Nest home thermostat from iPod 'godfather' Tony Fadell, Belkin's WeMo light switches and Lowe's cloud-based Iris smart home automation system for Android and iOS smartphones.

However, Pocket-Lint reports that the system configuration files within the latest 4.2.2 Android update mention Android@home. As the age of the Internet of Things begins, could we soon be asking Google to make itself useful around the house?

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Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and Space.com. He also edits two of his own websites, TravGear.com and WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),