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Google Android Baked Into Rice Cookers in Move Past Phone

Google Inc.’s Android software, the most widely used smartphone operating system, is making the leap to rice cookers and refrigerators as manufacturers vie to dominate the market for gadgets controlled via the Internet.

Android-based products ranging from Royal Philips Electronics NV’s PicoPix pocket projector and LG Electronics Inc.’ Smart Thinq refrigerators to Parrot SA’s Asteroid car stereo systems and Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Camera will be on display this week at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.