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.APK  look up translate image
The file extension of an Android application.
.APK FILE  look up translate image
Android application package file. Each Android application is compiled and packaged in a single file that includes all of the application's code (.dex files), resources, assets, and manifest file. The application package file can have any name but must use the .apk extension. For example: myExampleAppname.apk. For convenience, an application package file is often referred to as an ".apk". Related: Application.
.APK OR APK  look up translate image
An .apk file extension denotes an Android Package (APK) file, an .apk file can be opened & inspected using common archive tools. Each Android application is compiled and packaged in a single file that includes all of the application's code (.dex files), resources, assets, and manifest file. The application package file can have any name but must use the .apk extension. For example: myExampleAppname.apk. For convenience, an application package file is often referred to as an ".apk".
.DEX  look up translate image
Compiled Android application code file. Android programs are compiled into .dex (Dalvik Executable) files, which are in turn zipped into a single .apk file on the device. .dex files can be created by automatically translating compiled applications written in the Java programming language.
.DEX FILE  look up translate image
Compiled Android application code file. Android programs are compiled into .dex (Dalvik Executable) files, which are in turn zipped into a single .apk file on the device. .dex files can be created by automatically translating compiled applications written in the Java programming language.
.SBF  look up translate image
Summation Briefcase File.
.TAR  look up translate image
Similar to a zip file (derived from tape archive), a tar file archives multiple files into one file.
.TGZ  look up translate image
TGZ files (GNU-zipped .tar file) are commonly used as install packages for Slackware Linux.
ACCLAIM  look up translate image
A mid-range Samsung phone on U.S. Cellular.
ACER ICONIA A100  look up translate image
The first 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablet. Suffered from a poor screen.
ACER ICONIA A500  look up translate image
A 10-inch Honeycomb tablet with a bevy of full-size ports.
ACER ICONIA A510  look up translate image
The sucessor to the A500, upgraded with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor.
ACER ICONIA SMART  look up translate image
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.
ACTION  look up translate image
A description of something that an Intent sender wants done. An action is a string value assigned to an Intent. Action strings can be defined by Android or by a third-party developer. For example, android.intent.action.VIEW for a Web URL, or com.example.rumbler.SHAKE_PHONE for a custom application to vibrate the phone. Related: Intent.
ACTIVITY  look up translate image
A single screen in an application, with supporting Java code, derived from the Activity class. Most commonly, an activity is visibly represented by a full screen window that can receive and handle UI events and perform complex tasks, because of the Window it uses to render its window. Though an Activity is typically full screen, it can also be floating or transparent.
ADB  look up translate image
Android Debug Bridge. A tool used to connect and sends commands to your Android phone from a desktop or laptop computer.
ADK  look up translate image
Android Development Kit, is what people use to develop something for Android such as ROMs. The ADK is divided into three parts: Android SDK: Software Development Kit, used to make easy programs which only require touch & some sensors. Android NDK: Native Development Kit, used to create apps which require hardware or use the native binaries & libraries of Android. Android PDK: Platform Development Kit, the main kit which allows to make all ".mk" files and most of the files found on GitHub.
ADP (ANDROID DEVELOPER PHONE)  look up translate image
A Google specific (or carrier non-specific) version of the G1/Dream that has root access by default and is meant for developers writing apps for the G1, or Android in general.
ADP VS. RC##  look up translate image
Neither RC's or ADP versions are tied to their respective hardware. With the right bootloader, you can flash an ADP image to a G1 or an RC image to an ADP.
AERO  look up translate image
The first Android phone produced by Dell for AT&T. Not exactly a popular device.
ALLY  look up translate image
A mid-range Android phone made by LG for Verizon.
AMOLED  look up translate image
Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode. Basically, a very colorful, bright, display found in some smartphones. (See also Super AMOLED.)

See also: Super AMOLED
AMON RA  look up translate image
Developer of a custom recovery mode for Android.
ANDROID  look up translate image
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  look up translate image
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 OS  look up translate image
Like Windows Mobile but based on Linux, using a Java based front end.
ANDROID SDK (SYSTEM DEVELOPER'S KIT)  look up translate image
This includes all tools (sans fastboot) that a developer needs to create applications for the G1. It also has tools for interacting with the phone via a command line (ADB).
ANDROID SIDELOAD WONDER MACHINE  look up translate image
A simple program for Windows or Linux and Mac that lets you easily sideload applications.
ANDY RUBIN  look up translate image
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  look up translate image
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  look up translate image
A mid-range phone from LG on the US Cellular network.
APP INVENTOR  look up translate image
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.
APPLICATION  look up translate image
From a component perspective, an Android application consists of one or more activities, services, listeners, and intent receivers. From a source file perspective, an Android application consists of code, resources, assets, and a single manifest. During compilation, these files are packaged in a single file called an application package file (.apk). Related: .apk, Activity
APPS  look up translate image
Short for "applications." The programs you download and run on a smartphone. Can be free, or for sale.
APPS2SD  look up translate image
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.
ARCHOS  look up translate image
A line of mid-grade Android tablets. Not all that well known, but held in fairly high regard.
ARCHOS G9 101  look up translate image
The 10.1 incher in the G9 series. Same specs as the G9. Did we mention the G9s come with a kickstand?
ARCHOS G9 89  look up translate image
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.
ARIA  look up translate image
A 3.2-inch touchscreen phone made by HTC, with Android 2.1 and HTC Sense.
ASUS EEE PAD SLIDER  look up translate image
A 10-inch Honeycomb tablet with a slide-up screen that reveals an attached mini-keyboard.
ASUS EEE PAD TRANSFORMER  look up translate image
A slick 10-inch Honeycomb tablet with an optional keyboard/trackpad dock that turns the tablet into a laptop.
ASUS TRANSFORMER PRIME  look up translate image
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  look up translate image
One of the four major U.S. carriers.
AT&T SAMSUNG GALAXY S II  look up translate image
The official name for AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S II.
ATRIX 4G  look up translate image
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  look up translate image
A 3.2-inch mid-range Android phone on Cellular South.
BACKFLIP  look up translate image
An odd little phone from Motorola that featured a backward-flipping camera. Has the distinction of being the first U.S. smartphone with a front-facing camera. Was the first Android phone on AT&T.
BASEBAND OR RADIO  look up translate image
In communications & signal processing, the baseband describes signals & systems whose range of the frequencies measured from close to 0 hertz to a cut-off frequency, a maximum bandwidth or highest signal frequency; it is sometimes used to describe frequencies starting close to zero.
BIONIC  look up translate image
See Droid Bionic.
BLOAT(WARE)  look up translate image
Applications -- usually unwanted -- that are preloaded onto a device. It's a bit subjective as to what constitutes bloatware, and the flip side is that these applications are what allow carriers to sell phones and tablets at subsidized prices.
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