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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Android Dictionary-G


  • G1: The very first Android smartphone. Manufactured by HTC for T-Mobile. Released elsewhere as the HTC Dream.
  • Galaxy Nexus: The first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device. Made by Samsung, it was to be announced at CTIA in San Diego in October 2011. But that announcement was postponed by a week or so, reportedly due to the death of Steve Jobs. The GSM version was announced on Oct. 18 in Hong Kong. Verizon launched its LTE version on Dec. 15, 2011.
  • Galaxy Note: A monster of a 5.3-inch device from Samsung. Has a stylus and is being marketed as an in-between for phones and tablets. Also being marketed toward artists.
  • Galaxy S: A high-end series of smartphones from Samsung. Announced in March 2010 at CTIA, they include the T-Mobile Vibrant, Verizon Fascinate, AT&T Captivate and Sprint Epic 4G.
  • Galaxy S II: The successor to the Galaxy S line of phones by Samsung.  It has a 4.3 inch display, a dual-core processor, front facing camera and is billed as the world's thinnest smartphone.
  • Galaxy S III: Samsung's third flagship in the Galaxy S line, unveiled in May in London.
  • Galaxy S Blaze 4G: A dual-core 1.5GHz smartphone from Samsung with a Super AMOLED display. On T-Mobile's 42Mbps network.
  • Galaxy Tab: Samsung's 7-inch Android tablet. Launched in fall 2010 with Android 2.2.
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9: Samsung's 8.9 inch Android tablet. Launched in September 2011, a few months after its bigger sibling, the 10.1. 
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1: Samsung's 10.1 inch Android tablet.  The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will ship with Honeycomb and has both rear and front facing cameras.
  • Geotagging: Wherein in your phone finds your location via GPS and attaches coordinates to pictures you're taking. Can be a privacy/security concern.
  • Gingerbread: Android 2.3. Mostly a behind-the-scenes update, though there are some UI tweaks. First loaded on the Nexus S.
  • Gmail: Google's web-based e-mail service.
  • Google: Our benevolent overlord, and owner of Android.
  • Google Play: Google's one-stop online shop for movies, music, apps, games and books. At the time of its launch on March 6, 2012, it basically was a rebranded Android Market.
  • Google TV: Announced at the Google IO conference in May 2010, it's a combination of hardware and Android that features a full web browser, Android applications, and combines it with video that's available online -- Youtube, television, etc.
  • Gorilla Glass: A scratch-resistant glass product from Corning used on a number of smartphones and tablets.
  • GPS: Stands for Global Positioning System. Uses a constellation of satellites in space to find your location on the ground.
  • GSM: One of two major standard for cell phone communications. Is used by AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States, and by the majority of carriers worldwide. (See also CDMA)
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