You probably know Android is taking over the mobile market. Google’s Linux-based operating system is dominating the smartphone scene in a way that is beginning to look like Windows' and Intel’s Wintel stranglehold on traditional x86 desktop and PC systems, according to IDC’s third quarter smartphone report. What's more, in the first half of 2013, Android-powered tablets overtook Apple iPads for the first time.
Android’s main advantage is also its Achilles heel. The fact that it’s an open-source Linux-based OS means it lends itself well to implementation in a number of projects, including many outside of a Google-hosted space. On the other hand, reports of malware affecting these systems represent the flipside to the open-source coin.
As 2013 draws to a close, it is worth looking back at some of the non-smartphone Android systems out there, some we found on linuxgizmos.com's ongoing list, to see what we may have missed and get a sense of what kind of devices we may still look forward to. Here are 10 Android-based products that have shipped recently while all the attention was focused on the dominance of Android’s mobile phones and the continued sweetness of the 4.4 KitKat version of the OS following its equally successful predecessor the 4.3 JellyBean.