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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  • S

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  • T

    tablet (tablet PC)

    A tablet is a wireless, portable personal computer with a touchscreen interface. The tablet form factor is typically smaller than a notebook computer, but larger than a smartphone.

  • telecommuting

    Telecommuting is an arrangement to work outside the traditional office or workplace, usually at home or in a mobile situation.

  • text messaging (texting or wireless messaging)

    Text messaging is the act of sending short, alphanumeric communications between cellphones, pagers or other hand-held devices, as implemented by a wireless carrier.

  • TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol)

    TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) is an encryption protocol included as part of the IEEE 802.11i standard for wireless LANs (WLANs).

  • touch pad (touchpad)

    A touch pad is a device for pointing (controlling input positioning) on a computer display screen.

  • turnkey

    Turnkey is a product or service that is designed, supplied, built, or installed fully complete and ready to operate.

  • tvOS

    TvOS is the operating system that runs on the 4th and 5th generation Apple TV digital media player.

  • U

    ultra-mobile personal computer (UMPC or Ultra-mobile PC)

    Ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) is a design specification for a hand-held computer that is larger than a PDA but smaller than a laptop. (Continued...)

  • UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service)

    UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service) is a third-generation (3G) broadband, packet-based transmission of text, digitized voice, video, and multimedia at data rates up to 2 megabits per second (Mbps). UMTS offers a consistent set of services to mobile computer and phone users, no matter where they are located in the world. Based on the Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication standard, UMTS is endorsed by major standards bodies and manufacturers and is the planned standard for mobile users around the world.

  • unified network management

    Unified network management is the administration of both wired and wireless networks through a single interface.

  • Universal Windows app

    A Universal Windows app is a software program that uses the Windows 8 or Windows 10 codebase and runs the same way on PCs, Windows tablets and smartphones.

  • unlocked cell phone

    An unlocked cell phone is a cellular telephone handset that can be used with more than one service provider, making it easy for a user to switch from one cellular network to another... (Continued)

  • unzipping

    Unzipping is the act of extracting the files from a zipped single file or similar file archive.

  • upgrade

    In computers, an upgrade is a new version of or addition to a hardware or, more often, software product that is already installed or in use.

  • V

    virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI)

    Virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) is a delivery platform which does not require an application or operating system (OS) to run locally on a mobile device.

  • VMware AirWatch

    VMware AirWatch is an enterprise mobility software provider based in Atlanta. AirWatch, a division of virtualization vendor VMware, provides technologies that help IT administrators deploy, secure and manage mobile devices, applications and data, as well as Windows 10 and Apple Mac computers.

  • VMware AirWatch Secure Content Locker

    VMware's Secure Content Locker is a tool within the company's AirWatch mobile device management product suite that enables secure data access and collaboration for on-site and remote workers.

  • VMware Horizon Application Manager

    VMware Horizon Application Manager, also known as Horizon App Manager, is an enterprise service for managing access to software. With VMware Horizon Application Manager, employees can use any Internet-capable device to access applications through a secure web portal.  

  • VMware Horizon Mobile

    VMware Horizon Mobile is mobile virtualization and application wrapping software that lets IT administrators control corporate data and applications on end users' smartphones and tablets.

  • VMware Horizon Suite

    VMware Horizon Suite is a collection of products and technologies designed to help information technology (IT) administrators deliver desktops and applications and secure data on a variety of endpoint devices.

  • VMware Horizon Workspace

    VMware Horizon Workspace is enterprise mobility management software that creates a central repository where users can access corporate data, applications and virtual desktops from a variety of endpoint devices.

  • VMware Project AppShift

    VMware Project AppShift is technology designed to improve the experience of using virtualized Windows and its applications on non-Windows tablets.

  • VMware Unity Touch

    VMware Unity Touch is software that offers a touch-based interface for navigating folders and launching applications when running Windows in a virtual machine on a smartphone or tablet.

  • VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal)

    VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) is a satellite communications system that serves home and business users.

  • W

    war driving (access point mapping)

    War driving, also called access point mapping, is the act of locating and possibly exploiting connections to wireless local area networks while driving around a city or elsewhere.

  • watchdog timer (WDT)

    A watchdog timer (WDT) is a device or electronic card that performs a specific operation after a certain period of time if something goes wrong with an electronic system and the system does not recover on its own.

  • WAX (Wireless Abstract XML)

    Wireless Abstract XML (WAX) is an abstract markup language and associated tools that facilitate wireless application development.

  • wearable technology

    Wearable technology is any kind of electronic device designed to be worn on the user’s body.

  • Web texting

    Web texting is two-way text messaging from the Web to a handheld mobile device, usually a cellular phone.

  • WhatsApp

    WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform instant messaging application that allows iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia smartphone users to exchange text, image, video and audio messages for free. 

  • Wi-Fi (802.11x standard)

    Wi-Fi is the popular term for high-frequency wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and a standard that has gained acceptance in many companies as an alternative to a wired LAN.

  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)

    Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a security standard for computing devices equipped with wireless internet connections.

  • Wi-Fi range extender (range expander)

    A Wi-Fi range extender, sometimes called a range expander, is a type of wireless repeater used to expand the reach of a wireless LAN. The device is situated in between a base router or access point and a client that is not close enough to receive acceptable service or one that is on the other side of a barrier.

  • WiDEN (Wideband Integrated Digital Enhanced Network)

    WiDEN (Wideband Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) is an upgraded version of iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network), a wireless communications technology originally developed by Motorola in 1993 and deployed by Nextel in 1996 to combine the capabilities of digital cellular telephone, two-way radio, alphanumeric pager and data/fax modem in a single network... (Continued)

  • Windows Live SkyDrive

    Windows Live SkyDrive is a free online file storage system from Microsoft.

  • Windows Phone

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  • Windows Phone 7

    Windows Phone 7 is a Microsoft operating system for smartphones.

  • Windows Store

    Windows Store is the online marketplace for Windows 8 and Windows RT users to purchase and download apps.

  • wireless

    Wireless is a term used to define telecommunication and data transmission without wires.

  • wireless ad hoc network (WANET)

    A wireless ad hoc network (WANET) is a type of local area network (LAN) that is built spontaneously to enable two or more wireless devices to be connected to each other without requiring typical network infrastructure equipment, such as a wireless router or access point.

  • Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)

    Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) is a specification for a set of communication protocols to standardize the way that wireless devices, such as cellular telephones and radio transceivers, can be used for internet access, including email, the web, newsgroups and instant messaging.

  • wireless backhaul

    Wireless backhaul is the use of wireless communication systems to transport data between the internet and subnetworks.

  • wireless broadband (WiBB)

    Wireless broadband (WiBB) is high-speed internet and data service delivered through a wireless local area network (WLAN) or wireless wide area network (WWAN).

  • wireless charging

    Wireless charging is any of several methods of charging batteries without the use of cables. The three main methods of wireless charging are radio charging, resonance charging and inductive charging... (Continued)

  • wireless distribution system (WDS)

    A wireless distribution system (WDS) is a method of interconnecting access points (AP) in a wireless local area network (WLAN). WDS makes it possible to expand the network range without requiring that access points connect through a wired backbone.

  • wireless ISP (wireless Internet service provider or WISP)

    A wireless Internet service provider (WISP) is an Internet service provider (ISP) that allows subscribers to connect to a server at designated hot spots (access points) using a wireless connection such as Wi-Fi.

  • wireless router

    A wireless router is a device in a WLAN (wireless local area network) that determines the next network point to which a packet should be forwarded toward its destination. A wireless router works in the same way as the router in a hard-wired home or business LAN (local area network), but allows greater mobility for notebook or portable computers.

  • Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS)

    Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS) is the security level for Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) applications.

  • workstation

    A workstation is a computer intended for individual use that is faster and more capable than a personal computer.

  • WPAN (wireless personal area network)

    A WPAN (wireless personal area network) is a personal area network - a network for interconnecting devices centered around an individual person's workspace - in which the connections are wireless.

  • X

    XenMobile Device Manager (XDM)

    Citrix's XenMobile Device Manager (XDM) is the mobile device management tools within the XenMobile product suite.

  • XenMobile Mail Manager

    XenMobile Mail Manager, Citrix's EMM email product, is designed to allow emloyees to access sensitive corporate email while working outside the office, while also facilitating administration and management.

  • Z

    Zimbra Collaboration Server

    Zimbra is an open source server and client technology for enterprise messaging and collaboration.

  • zipping

    Zipping is the act of packaging a set of files into a single file or archive that is called a zip file.

  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync

    Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync is a synchronization protocol that enables users of mobile devices to access email, calendar, contacts, and tasks from their organization's Microsoft Exchange server.

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