SoftBank Opens Pepper Robot to Android in Bid to Broaden Appeal

  • Pepper will run applications from Google’s Android platform
  • Masayoshi Son sought to position Pepper as an app platform

SoftBank's Pepper and Google's Android mascot.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

SoftBank Group Corp. is opening its Pepper robot to Android apps. That’s a win for Google and a blow to Masayoshi Son’s dream of having a platform of his own.

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