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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.
Bloatware
Applications -- usually unwanted -- that are preloaded onto a device.
Gmail
Google's web-based e-mail service.
Google Wallet
Google's attempt at a mobile payment system based on NFC. Wallet has also come to encompass Google's online payment system used in Google Play.
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.
Hack
Modifying the Android system to add customization, features, or bypass carrier and manufacturer restrictions.
Hard Reset
The act of resetting your phone to its "factory" state. Erases all user data, logins and passwords. May or may not erase what's on the internal storage or microSD card, too.
IMEI
Stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. Basically a unique identification number assigned to every phone.
Laucher
Collectively, the part of the Android user interface on home screens that lets you launch apps, make phone calls, etc. Is built in to Android, or can be purchased in the Android Market.
Live Wallpapers
Animated wallpapers introduced in Android 2.1.
MTP
Media Transfer Protocol. Designed by Microsoft, and used by devices that have a single, unpartitioned storage structure to transfer files to and from a computer.
NFC
Near-field communication. Short-range communication between your phone and something else -- another phone, a cash register, etc. Used by some credit cards as a method of quick payment.
Pixel
An individual dot on the display. Also a way to measure the resolution of a camera (usually in millions of pixels). Pixels usually are made up of sub-pixels. The arrangement of those sub-pixels affects the way you see images and text.
QR Code
A black-and-white barcode that, when scanned by your phone, can open a web link, point to an application in the Market, etc.
Reset
The rebooting of the phone. A soft reset is turning your phone off and on, or pulling the battery. A hard reset also is referred to as a factory reset, and wipes your personal information from the device.
Resolution
The term used to describe how many individual pixels are in a display. A common phone resolution is 720x1280, or 720 pixels in the short dimension, with 1280 in the long dimension. The more pixels you have in a display, the better the pixels per inch (ppi), making text and images more crisp.
SD Card
A small plastic "card" that expands the available storage memory on your phone. Used by applications to store data, and you can store ringtones, pictures, etc., on it.
Sideload
The act of installing an app outside of the Android Market.
SIM Card
The little card used in GSM phones (AT&T, T-Mobile, Rogers, etc.) that connects the phone to the network.
USB
Stands for Universal Serial Bus. Is a method of connecting devices to a computer. Most smartphones now use microUSB cables to charge and sync.
Widget
A slice or certain view of an application that can be placed on one of your homescreens, for quick and easy access.
Wipe
To completely erase a device.

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