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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Android Dictionary-A

 Android Dictionary



  • Acer Iconia a100: The first 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet. Suffered from a poor screen.
  • Acer Iconia a500: A 10-inch Honeycomb tablet with a bevy of full-size ports. 
  • Acer Iconia A510: The sucessor to the A500, upgraded with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor.
  • Acer Iconia Smart: An Android phone from Acer with a 4.8-inch 1024 x 480 screen at a 21:9 aspect ration. It's a skinny, tall device. 
  • Acclaim: A mid-range Samsung phone on U.S. Cellular. 
  • ADB: Android Debug Bridge. A tool used to connect and sends commands to your Android phone from a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Aero: The first Android phone produced by Dell for AT&T. Not exactly a popular device. 
  • Ally: A mid-range Android phone made by LG for Verizon. 
  • AMOLED: Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode. Basically, a very colorful, bright, display found in some smartphones. (See also Super AMOLED.)
  • Amon Ra: Developer of a custom recovery mode for Android.
  • Android: Google's open-source mobile operating system. It's used primarily in smartphones but also can be found on tablets, Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) or even in kitchen appliances and automobile navigation. 
  • Android Market: Google's repository for Android applications. Features more than 70,000 apps (as of July 2010). Many of the apps are free. Rebranded in March 2012 to Google Play.
  • Android Sideload Wonder Machine: A simple program for Windows or Linux and Mac that lets you easily sideload applications.
  • Andy Rubin: Vice President of Engineering at Google, overseeing project strategy and development of Android. Founder of Danger, which created the Sidekick and was later bought by Microsoft.
  • AOSP: The Android Open Source Project. When you hear about Android being "open source," this is what we're talking about. It's a repository of the code released by Google, which can be downloaded and compiled by anyone. (If you know how.) 
  • Apex: A mid-range phone from LG on the US Cellular network. 
  • .apk: The file extension of an Android application.
  • Apps: Short for "applications." The programs you download and run on a smartphone. Can be free, or for sale.
  • App Inventor: Google's web-based system by which Android applications can be made without having to know how to code. Discontinued by Google, but released as an open-source project. 
  • Apps2SD: An unapproved method of storing applications on the device's microSD card. An official method was included in Android 2.2, mostly making this moot.
  • Aria: A 3.2-inch touchscreen phone made by HTC, with Android 2.1 and HTC Sense. 
  • Archos: A line of mid-grade Android tablets. Not all that well known, but held in fairly high regard.
  • Archos G9 89: The smaller tablet in Archos's G9 series, the 89 is packed with an 8.9-inch display, Honeycomb 3.2 out of the box, and a whopping 1.5 GHz dual-core OMAP processor. Comes in both solid state and physical hard drive flavors.
  • Archos G9 101: The 10.1 incher in the G9 series. Same specs as the G9. Did we mention the G9s come with a kickstand?
  • ASUS Eee Pad Slider: A 10-inch Honeycomb tablet with a slide-up screen that reveals an attached mini-keyboard.
  • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer: A slick 10-inch Honeycomb tablet with an optional keyboard/trackpad dock that turns the tablet into a laptop. 
  • ASUS Transformer Prime: The first Tegra 3 quad-core tablet. Follows in the footsteps of the original Transformer with a detachable keyboard. Launched with Honeycomb, but will receive an update to Ice Cream Sandwich. 
  • AT&T: One of the four major U.S. carriers.
  • AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II: The official name for AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II. 
  • Atrix 4G: A 4-inch monster of a Motorola phone on AT&T. Has dual 1GHz processors, 1GB of RAM and a laptop dock for running the full desktop version of Firefox while simultaneously making phone calls and texting. Also has a desktop dock to do the same from the phone. 
  • Axis: A 3.2-inch mid-range Android phone on Cellular South.
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