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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "Android"?

Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google as an open source Linux based platform for third party companies to build off. The open nature of Android means developers and manufacturers can work with the platform for free and change it to their own designs. Since its inception Android has gone through many guises and has positioned itself as the most used mobile platform in the world, while also branching out into other areas (TV, cars, and wearables). However, the Android ecosystem remains deeply fragmented and the platform is deemed as unsecure compared to rivals by many commentators.

Also known as: "Android OS"

Referred to by: Android 4.0, Open Handset Alliance, WebKit, Android 4.0, open source, WebKit

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