WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Get the professional lingo right here. For your convenience and with the help of Wikipedia we have started a glossary of terms and abbreviations that you may encounter.

Android Developer Challenge (ADC)
The Android Developer Challenge was a competition for the most innovative application for Android. Google offered prizes totaling 10 million US dollars, distributed between two phases of the competition. The first phase accepted submissions from 2 January to 14 April 2008. The 50 most promising entries, announced on 12 May 2008, each received a $25,000 award to fund further development. The second phase ended in early September with the announcement of ten teams that received $275,000 each, and ten teams that received $100,000 each.

Android
Android is a software platform and operating system for mobile devices, based on the Linux operating system, developed by Google and later the Open Handset Alliance. It allows developers to write managed code in a Java-like language that utilizes Google-developed Java libraries, but does not support programs developed in native code.

Android Market
Google's online central market place where android users can go to review and download new applications.

Apps
'Apps' are an abbreviation of the word 'applications'.

Chrome
Google Chrome is a free web browser developed by Google. The name is derived from the graphical user interface frame, or "chrome", of web browsers.

G1 Phone
The first phone to the market that will use the Android mobile device platform.

HTC
High Tech Computer Corporation, is a Taiwan-based manufacturer. As a member of the Open Handset Alliance, meaning that it will conform to standards that allow the open source Android operating system to run on its hardware. HTC have built the G1 handset, the first phone to the market that will use the Android mobile device platform.

Open Handset Alliance (OHA)
The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is a business alliance of Google, HTC, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung, LG, T-Mobile, Nvidia and Wind River Systems to develop open standards for mobile devices.

Open Source
Open source is a development methodology, which offers practical accessibility to a product's source (goods and knowledge). Some consider open source as one of various possible design approaches, while others consider it a critical strategic element of their operations. Before open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of phrases to describe the concept; the term open source gained popularity with the rise of the Internet, which provided access to diverse production models, communication paths, and interactive communities.

The open source model of operation and decision making allows concurrent input of different agendas, approaches and priorities, and differs from the more closed, centralized models of development. The principles and practices are commonly applied to the development of source code for software that is made available for public collaboration, and it is usually released as open-source software.

SDK or Devkit
A software development kit (SDK or "devkit"), also known as a native developer kit (NDK) is typically a set of development tools that allows a software engineer to create applications for a certain software package, software framework, hardware platform, computer system, video game console, operating system, or similar platform.



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