Mobile Computing Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing mobile computing and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • G

    Google Chrome browser

    Google Chrome browser is an open source program for accessing the World Wide Web and running Web-based applications.

  • Google Cloud Print

    Google Cloud Print is an online service that lets users print documents and other files from supported apps and mobile devices to any compatible printer.

  • Google Drive

    Google Drive is a free cloud-based storage service that enables users to store and access files online.

  • Google Hangouts

    Google Hangouts is a unified communications service that allows one to participate in text, voice or video chats, either one-on-one or group. Hangouts are built into Google+ and Gmail, and mobile Google Hangouts apps are also available.

  • Google I/O

    Google I/O is Google's developer conference held annually in San Francisco.

  • Google Play (Android Market)

    Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market, is the official app store for Android smartphones and tablets.

  • Google Voice

    Google Voice allows registered members to link their mobile phones, IP telephony applications and land line phones to a single Google Voice phone number. 

  • GPRS (General Packet Radio Services)

    General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) is a packet-based wireless communication service that promises data rates from 56 up to 114 Kbps and continuous connection to the Internet for mobile phone and computer users.

  • GPS messaging (Global Positioning System messaging or mid-air messaging)

    GPS (Global Positioning System) messaging is a wireless messaging system for location-specific rather than recipient-specific messages.

  • ground-plane antenna

    A ground-plane antenna is a variant of the dipole antenna, designed for use with an unbalanced feed line such as coaxial cable.

  • GSM (Global System for Mobile communication)

    GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) is a digital mobile telephony system that is widely used in Europe and other parts of the world. GSM uses a variation of time division multiple access (TDMA) and is the most widely used of the three digital wireless telephony technologies....(Continued)

  • H

    handheld

    A handheld computer is a computer that can conveniently be stored in a pocket (of sufficient size) and used while you're holding it.

  • handie talkie (HT, walkie talkie, handheld)

    A handie talkie, often referred to by its abbreviation, HT, is a handheld, portable two-way radio transceiver.

  • handoff

    In a cellular telephone network, handoff is the transition for any given user of signal transmission from one base station to a geographically adjacent base station as the user moves around.

  • Handspring

    Handspring was a company that manufactured portable computer/organizer hardware.

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