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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 the name of the Linux based operating system that is backed by Google and the other members of the Open Handset Alliance. Because of Android's open source nature, Android based smartphones should be cheaper to produce than those that use operating systems, such as Microsoft's Windows Mobile, that require a royalty fee be paid for each use. The T-Mobile G1, announced on September 23, 2008, was the first Android OS smartphone to be officially introduced to the market.

Also known as: "Android OS"

See Also: Linux, operating system, Open Handset Alliance, open source, Windows Mobile

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

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