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    Default The Android Dictionary (aka "What the hell are they talking about?!?!")

    If you're new to Android (and even if you aren't), you'll quickly discover that there are a ton of terms to keep up with. And to that end we've worked up the official Android Central Android Dictionary. Pretty self-explanatory, eh?

    You can check out the Android Dictionary here.

    That said, we're bound to be missing something. If so, sing out in this thread and we'll get it added.
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    So far I've noticed it's missing "Sense" and "Vanilla".
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    ADW and LauncherPro
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    Bluetooth
    Notification
    Gmail
    Push
    Pull
    Flash (lite)
    Launcher
    Live Wallpaper
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    Default Minor Typo

    "YouTube: Google's web-based streaming video service. Accessible from and Android phone."

    That "and" probably should be "an".
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    TFT
    AMOLED
    Super AMOLED
    WiMax
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    Some of these may not be necessary, but I'm just throwing them out there:
    LTE
    Push mail
    POP
    IMAP
    Swype
    Launcher/home launcher
    Long press
    Capacitive vs. resistive touch
    2G, 3G, EVDO, 4G
    Wi-fi
    HDMI
    ROM
    Airplane mode
    Multi task
    Multi touch
    MEID
    Firmware
    Gtalk
    Stock, as in stock UI
    Roaming
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    ROM is a very important one
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    Default Dictionary Add-on

    DLNA - Droid X ability to wirelessly share pix/videos/music w/ other DLNA compatible devices (Server, Controller, Player, Upload & Download)
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    How about SIM card and API?
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    I'd like to see the phone names out of the dictionary. Seems that the important stuff is missing. Maybe make a second dictionary of just phone model names?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Overboost View Post
    I'd like to see the phone names out of the dictionary. Seems that the important stuff is missing. Maybe make a second dictionary of just phone model names?
    Not a bad idea Overboost. Of course this is sort of designed to be an Android Dictionary for EVERYONE. That being the case, it is probably not a bad idea to keep all of this together in one place as a new or prospective Android user may find it helpful to find all of this information together.

    Phil, maybe you could use different colors for the word listings. One color for phone names, another for network techinical terms, maybe another for device terms. This might not be a bad idea just in case some Android rookie is wondering why in the world you have listed food in the dictionary.

    No matter what you do this is a REALLY great idea for everyone. Good luck adding in all of our suggestions and constructing a truly educational experience for any anDroid user.
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    Default Bootloader and apk info...

    A bootloader is a small program that runs before any other, and lets you choose which operating system you'd like to run (if you have more than one installed), or (for example) a maintenance program (like recovery mode).

    Google LILO (LInux LOader) or GRUB (Grand Unified Boot Loader) for more detail (if you like...). I use GRUB on my Linux box at home, to choose between Ubuntu (32 or 64-bit versions), and Vista (64-bit).

    It's definitely not a "mode".

    I haven't researched it, but I'd believe apk stands for Android PacKage, which would consist of the app, install and/or remove scripts, and configuration files (some of these may be optional, though not the app <grin>).

    They'd be analogous to .deb and .rpm files on Debian and Red Hat GNU/Linux based systems.

    HTH/Cheers,
    -Jerry
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    Quote Originally Posted by Overboost View Post
    I'd like to see the phone names out of the dictionary. Seems that the important stuff is missing. Maybe make a second dictionary of just phone model names?
    I agree with this, or if not a second dictionary, a separate section for phone names afterwards.
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    this may seem funny, but being as the term gets kicked around on the site, podcast, and forums, it might not be a bad idea to actually add "philblur". its not an official android term, but lets face it, it probably should be
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    How about "Nandroid"
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    "Hard Reset"

    Seems to be coming up a lot today after the Froyo update. Probably nice to have added to the dictionary to clear it up for anyone who has a question as to what it means and does to your phone.
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    oxed and deoxed.
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    Haptic Feedback
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    Default Add FC?

    browsing forums I see FC alot. Googled it, still not sure what it means.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctrlaltjack View Post
    browsing forums I see FC alot. Googled it, still not sure what it means.
    Force Close

    Basically it's when an application is force closed by the system.

    I agree it'd be something good too add.
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    Reset: Including an explaination of what "hard" "soft" "Factory" and other terms in front of reset may mean...and a how to link. You could turn this into a Wiki type page with links for more than the basic defination.
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    I'm a Android veteran, but a noob when it comes to knowledge...I've been surfing and came across a few that aren't in here, I'll mention them as I come across them.

    -Flash/flashing
    -under/overclocking

    And I agree w/ alot of people above me, there are a bunch of great ideas to add.
    EDIT: And thanks for making this, brilliant idea, specially for people like me who would like to know more about what my phone is really capable of.
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    How about adding some definitions for benchmarks?

    I've recently seen people referring to "quadrant" scores.
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    agreed
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