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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 "LCD"?

A liquid crystal display, typically referred to as an LCD, is a flat display technology that uses electrodes and polarizing filters to selectively enable or disable pixels of light to pass from a backlight or reflective backing to the eyes of the viewer. Color displays have 3 such sites per pixel, each with a red, green, or blue color filter, which allows the display to create any number of colors. Most LCD displays used with mobile phones are of the active matrix variety, but some older displays still make use of passive matrix designs. In the future, LCD technology might be displaced in mobile devices by OLED display technology.

Also known as: "Liquid Crystal Display"

See Also: OLED, active matrix, passive matrix

Referred to by: active matrix, CSTN, IPS, OLED, passive matrix, Retina, Super LCD, TFT

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