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New to Android? Check this out! by Abe21599

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    New to Android? Check this out! by Abe21599

    Android can seem difficult and alien if you're coming from an iPhone, Blackberry or a Windows Mobile phone so here's some usefull links you might want to check out.

    The best way to make the most out of your new operating system is learning how to use it
    How to be an Android Power User

    With a big screen and a blazing fast processor, you need to watch your battery
    Extend the Life of Your Battery

    Set up your home screens to make you more efficient
    Android Home Screen Organization

    Choosing a Launcher to replace your stock home screen
    Different Options
    http://www.atrixforums.com/forum/mot...ny-choose.html

    Have an Outlook account you want to Sync?
    Syncdroid


    Thanks to Abe21599 from our sister forums.

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    A Dummies Guide to Android Terminology & Lingo

    Here is a well organized post providing abbreviations and terminology so that any one, Droid master or droid newb, can have a quick reference guide to all things droid.

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

    ADK: Android Development Kit, What people use to develop anything for the droid such as ROM's

    Baseband: In communications and signal processing, the baseband describes signals and systems whose range of the frequencies measured from close to 0 hertz to a cut-off frequency, a maximum bandwidth or highest signal frequency; it is sometimes used to describe frequencies starting close to zero

    Boot Loader: State in which the droid can be flashed from RSD with an appropriate .sdk file that reprograms the phone into a specific ROM or update. This is typically a last resort when the recovery screen cannot be reached to make a much simpler and less risky solution

    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. This is often fixed by either reloading a Nandroid, or Reflashing a rom from the Boot Loader.

    Brick or Bricked: Jargon for a completely unrecoverable device, (no more than a brick or paperweight)

    Bug or Software Bug: an Error or flaw in software that produces a failure or unexpected/unwanted result. Typically created from incorrect code, this is why some ROMs are better and smoother running than others because certain developers have taken the time to input "perfect" code

    Busybox: BusyBox is a single multicall binary that packages the functionality of most widely used standard Unix tools, BusyBox provides a fairly complete environment for any small or embedded system.

    ClockworkMod: A recovery program that is often used to apply updates, ROMs, or create a back up or restore a backup file

    De-odex: Apk files have respective odexes that devs use to supposedly save space. Deodexing means you convert it back to a .dex file and put it back inside the apk. This allows you to easily replace files (not having to worry about odexes), but the main point was to deodex services.jar so that you can change all text to different colors (such as the clock color to white) and to deodex services.jar, you need to deodex everything.

    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

    Froyo: Short for Frozen Yogurt, is the latest iteration (2.2) of Android, Google's mobile operating system.

    Kernel: The governor of the CPU usage and Battery output, one can upload certain Kernels to achieve greater performance speed of their device at the cost of some battery life

    Root: Common word associated with giving a user "super user" access to their phones programming and other various aspects that would normally not be possible, also known as "Jailbroken" for iPhone's

    Nandroid or Nandroid Backup: A file typically created in the custom recovery program, such as SPRecovery, that is a carbon copy of whatever state your phone 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

    OS: Operating system, I.E. Windows Vista or MAC or ANDROID

    OTA: Over the air...

    Overclocking: Speeding up the CPU past the factory presets to achieve a faster and more responsive device

    ROM: Read Only Memory, a program used to make changes to anything from the look of the home screen, to icons to custom boot animation

    RSD or RSD lite: Remote Software Download, Motorola's own tool in flashing virtualy any type of program, (so long as its in .sbf form) to the Android OS

    Shell or SSH: secure shell or ssh is a network protocol that allows data to be exchanged using a secure channel between two networked devices

    SPR or SPRecovery: A recovery program that is often used to apply updates, ROMs, or create a back up or restore a backup file

    Stock: Simply means an unaltered state, such as when you first purchase your phone from Verizon, or when you do a factory reset

    SU: "Super user", or root permissions

    Theme: A set of icons, backgrounds and app trays that change the ascthetics of the overall look of the droid and its applications

    TUN/TAP: Refers to a network Tunnel, operates within layer 3 packets, or ip packets. Packets sent by a system via a TUN/TAP device are delivered to a user-space program that attaches itself to the device. A user space program may also pass packets into a TUN/TAP device. In this case TUN/TAP device delivers (or "injects") these packets to the operating system's network stack thus emulating their reception from an external source.

    Underclocking: Slowing down the CPU mainly to limit battery usage

    .sbf: Summation Briefcase File

    .apk or APK's: An .apk file extension denotes an Android Package (APK) file, an .apk file can be opened and inspected using common archive tools

    .tar: Similar to a zip file, a tar file archives multiple files into one file

    .tgz: TGZ files are commonly used as install packages for Slackware Linux.

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    Thanks for posting this here.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
    New to Android or just need a refresher course, Abe has you covered
    "Guidelines of Conduct" for AtrixForums.com
    Respect is number 1 in the Forums.

    We are the Android owners
    Resistance is Futile, YOU Will be Assimilated...


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    Good stuff

    Should be stickied if it isn't already. Definitely eliminate the same questions over and over

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    Great information here. I will most certainly use the guide on the battery since my phone WILL NOT last through the entire day. Even the terminology is nice to know as well. Two thumbs up!!

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    Great posts, wicked! Do you how long it's taken me to learn all of that stuff from different places over time? Where were ya then, huh??

    Sent from my Rooted Atrix using Tapatalk

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    Very helpful, Thank you!

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    Very helpful!

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    thanx a lot fr wonderfulll knowledge!
    GG^
    EageR for EverY new Change in WorLd or Cellphones!

    Atrix 4g-Unlocked,Rooted,Gingerbread (2.3.4)


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    awesome...

    hats off to you fr posting d best information around net! :P
    EageR for EverY new Change in WorLd or Cellphones!

    Atrix 4g-Unlocked,Rooted,Gingerbread (2.3.4)



 
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