Android for Dummies

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    Android Terminology






    .apk or APK's: An .apk file extension denotes an Android Package (APK) file, applications installed from the Market are apk's

    adb: Android Debug Bridge, a versatile tool that lets you manage the state of an emulator instance or Android-powered device

    ADK: Android Development Kit, software development kit that enables developers to create applications for the Android platform

    Boot Loader: is the code that runs on a device (be it a phone, tablet or computer) before the operating system starts up. Almost all operating systems have bootloaders of some sort. This low-level code contains the instructions that tell a device how to start up and find the system kernel. The bootloader usually lives on the system board in non-volatile memory and is often specific to a device

    Boot Animation: is seen while phone/tablet is powering on. This animation is a set of images compiled together in one or more folders & is displayed in a sequence which can be specified to play at a specific frame rate or looping time. Boot animation can be changed with root permissions, adding a bootanimation.zip to data/local folder with a file manager.

    Boot Loop: simply means something is preventing the phone from completing it's boot cycle and is stuck between the boot animation and the unlock screen, creating a looped animation.

    Brick/Bricked: often referred to when stuck in a boot loop, but a real brick is an unrecoverable device

    ClockworkMod (CWM): A recovery program that is often used to apply updates, ROMs, or create a back up or restore a backup file. Can be installed by downloading the Acer Recovery Installer & flashing the ClockworkMod recovery image

    Dev. or Developer: An individual that creates, or alters a file in such a manner as to advance the program

    Flash or Flash Memory: a program technology that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed

    ICS: Ice Cream Sandwich, new Android OS 4.0

    Kernel: is the main component of most computer operating system's. It is a bridge between applications and the actual data processing done at the hardware level. It has complete control over everything that occurs in the system. Also includes the audio, screen, WiFi, & power management drivers.

    Nandroid Backup: A file typically created in the custom recovery program, such as CWM, that is a copy of state your tablet is in before a drastic change is made. The file then can be moved onto or off of the SD card for later use in case something should go wrong in the ROM or Update, or a Boot Loop occurs

    OTA: Over The Air, updates

    Overclocking: Speeding up the CPU past the factory presets to achieve a faster and more responsive device (decreases battery life)

    ROM: Read Only Memory, in this case referring to the tablet's internal memory where your firmware and basic applications are stored. A custom ROM is firmware released for the device that has been tweaked by a developer

    Root: Common word associated with giving a user "super user" access to their phone/tablet's programming and other various aspects that would normally not be possible, removing/modifying apps & system files also known as "Jailbroken" for iPhone's

    Stock: Simply means an unaltered state, such as when you first purchased your tablet.

    SU: "Super user", or root permissions

    Theme: A set of icons, backgrounds and app trays that change the aesthetics of the overall look of the home screen and its applications

    UI: User Interface

    Underclocking: Slowing down the CPU mainly to limit battery usage
     
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    Rooting 3.2 - 1 method -> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1307539
    2nd method: downgrading from 3.2 to 3.0.1 then flashing to a rooted 3.2 ROM -> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1276227

    Flashing tutorial -> http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1205204

    Stock apps can be deleted with root permission, using a file manager like Root Explorer go to System/Data (Warning: If on stock ROM, removing stock apps can block an OTA system update. If you flashed to a 3.2 ROM then its ok)

    Download apps from the Market, but if your filling adventurous google search the name of the app & add .apk, good to include the version.
    Transfer to SD card & find with a file manager, click open & install. You can uninstall apps by going to Settings: Applications: Manage Applications: find the app you want to uninstall, it will give you the option.
     
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    So that what OTA means - I was wondering.
     
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    Nice Post - It's a good thing we have this especially for newbies like me in the world of Android O.S. :cool:
     
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    What does ICS mean?
     
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    Ice Cream Sandwich, new OS for Android 4.0
     
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    We need this topic stickied please!
    This will help people a lot!
    We also need a post that answers commonly asked questions:
    How tl root, how to flash, can sto,k apps be deleted, how to download apps, how to uninstall downloaded apps, etc. Ill try to start one when I can, but if someone has more time....

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I777 using Android Tablet Forum
     

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