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.

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    Amazon Kindle Touch

    The Amazon Kindle Touch is an e-reader that sports a 6”, multi-touch display that users can manipulate to input commands.

  • American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

    The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is a worldwide organization of amateur radio operators with its headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, USA. The organization was founded in 1914 by Hiram P. Maxim.

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb

    Android 3.0 Honeycomb is a mobile operating system owned by Google and designed specifically for tablet PCs.

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)

    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is a version of Google’s mobile operating system.

  • Android Beam

    Android Beam is a Near Field Communication implementation that allows two Android mobile devices to transfer data between each other.

  • Android for Work

    Android for Work is a program for devices running on the Google Android mobile operating system that allows IT to manage and secure business applications on a work-specific profile.

  • Android Open Source Project (AOSP)

    The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is an initiative created to guide development of the Android mobile platform.

  • Android Oreo

    Android Oreo 8.0 is the eighth major update to the Android operating system that contains newer features and enhancements for application developers.

  • Android OS

    Android OS is a Linux-based open source platform for mobile cellular handsets developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance.

  • Android Studio

    Android Studio is the official integrated development environment (IDE) for Android application development.

  • antenna

    An antenna is a specialized transducer that converts radio-frequency (RF) fields into alternating current (AC) or vice-versa.

  • app

    App is an abbreviated form of the word "application."  An application is a software program.

  • app refactoring (application refactoring)

    restructuring existing computer code / reformatting and optimizing desktop apps for mobile / improving software coding and design without changing its intended functions.

  • app store (application store)

    An app store (application store) is an online portal through which software programs are made available for procurement and download.

  • app wrapping (application wrapping)

    App wrapping is the process of applying a management layer to a mobile app without requiring any changes to the underlying application.

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