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An android is an artificially-intelligent robot that looks and acts like a humanoid. An android is usually male in appearance, while a female android is usually called a gynoid. Data, a Soong-type android, was widely considered the most successful android to date, growing beyond his original programming. (Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Androids started merging into Federation society around the late 22nd century: a move to make interactions between humanoids and robots more seamless. As they are artificial constructs, androids tend to be used for tasks normal humanoids would not be able to undertake, or have no desire to undertake. Unfortunately, this leads some humanoids to believe androids are disposable or expendable, and ethicists remain divided over the rights of androids as of the 24th century. (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Androids that are not specifically designed to be indistinguishable from the humanoids they are based on are sometimes referred to as mechanoids. (Voyages of the SS Hanford)
By the 30th century, androids were in even wider use in the Federation, even staffing entire facilities. Sometime after this century, a division in android types lead to a heavy war that reduced the human population significantly. (Star Trek: Returner, Star Trek: Rise of the Machines, Star Trek: Phoenix-X: "Vitality")
- Mudd android
- Soong-type android
- Hexen/Raekwon combat androids (Star Trek: Phoenix-X)
- Unknown type
- Bishop type (Star Trek: Voyager - Dark Realm)