The following line was in the first book of Iron Gods
Child Androids: On the planet of their origin, some androids were created with child-sized bodies but fully realized intellects. These child androids had caretaker “parents” who were unable to conceive, and their true nature was often kept from them. These androids are Small-sized and use the rules for young characters on page 194 of Pathfinder RPG Ultimate Campaign. Child-bodied androids never grow up, and their ability score adjustments remain the same throughout their lives.
Was this ever used in SF, even on an NPC? I haven't really checked the system since launch.
I will clarify that I was looking for if it's still a thing in lore as much as the rules for it. Afterall, the Androids between the two games aren't quite the same: PF Androids need to breath but not sleep, SF Androids need sleep but don't need to breath.
In-fact, that IG paragraph contradicts itself and makes it of questionable usefulness. They have "fully realized intellects" but take mental score penalties and are restricted to NPC classes. I always just went with it was the equivalent of small sized planetouched (no ability changes, just small size).
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For Starfinder, I would just give them the same stats as a regular Android, and make them small size category.
Yes. No reason an Android has to be weaker just because its built to Child specs. If you want your PC to be weak because of their size, just don't spend any points on Strength.