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Wireless and mobile

Terms related to wireless and mobile technology, including definitions about consumer mobile technology devices and communication technologies such as Wi-Fi, WiMAX and LTE.

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  • 1xRTT (Single-Carrier Radio Transmission Technology) - 1xRTT (Single-Carrier Radio Transmission Technology) is an operational mode for CDMA2000 wireless communications that specifies a single (1x) 1.
  • 2-in-1 tablet (hybrid tablet, convertible tablet) - A 2-in-1 tablet, also known as a hybrid or convertible tablet, is a tablet PC that also functions as a notebook.
  • 2.5G - 2.5G describes the state of wireless technology and capability usually associated with General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) - that is, between the second and third generations of wireless technology.
  • 2D barcode (two-dimensional barcode) - A 2D (two-dimensional) barcode is a graphical image that stores information both horizontally -- as one-dimensional bar codes do -- and vertically.
  • 3G (third generation of mobile telephony) - 3G refers to the third generation of cellular technology that enables mobile telephony.
  • 3G card - A 3G card is a modem that allows a computing device to access the Internet wirelessly through a cellular provider's 3G network.
  • 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) - The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a collaborative project between a group of telecommunications associations with the initial goal of developing globally applicable specifications for third-generation (3G) mobile systems.
  • 4G (fourth-generation wireless) - 4G is the short name for fourth-generation wireless, the stage of broadband mobile communications that supersedes 3G (third-generation wireless) and is the predecessor of 5G (fifth-generation wireless).
  • 802.11 - 802.11 is an evolving family of specifications for wireless local area networks (WLANs) developed by a working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • 802.11ac (Gigabit Wi-Fi) - 802.11ac, also known as Gigabit Wi-Fi, is a proposed specification in the 802.
  • 802.11h - The 802.11h specification is an addition to the 802.
  • 802.11i - 802.11i is a standard for wireless local area networks (WLANs) that provides improved encryption for networks that use the popular 802.
  • 802.11x - 802.11x refers to a group of evolving wireless local area network (WLAN) standards that are under development as elements of the IEEE 802.
  • 802.15 - 802.15 is a communications specification that was approved in early 2002 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) for wireless personal area networks (WPANs).
  • 802.16c - 802.16c is a set of clarifications and updates to the 102.
  • A2P messaging (application to person messaging) - A2P messaging (application to person messaging), also known as enterprise or business SMS, is a type of SMS messaging technique where a text is sent from a software application run by an enterprise to a consumer's device.
  • accelerometer - An accelerometer is a device that measures changes in gravitational acceleration in a device it may be installed in.
  • active cooling - Active cooling is the use of fans to reduce the heat of computer components.
  • AirChat - AirChat is an anonymous wireless communications and connectivity tool that works without any wireless infrastructure.
  • airplane mode - Airplane mode is a setting on cell phones, smartphones and other mobile communication devices that prevents the device from sending or receiving calls and text messages.
  • Alphanumerish - Alphanumerish is a term coined to define the shorthand typing language that has developed from computer users' habit of substituting numerals for letters and substituting both letters and numerals for words or word parts.
  • alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) - An alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) is a vehicle that runs on substances other than the conventional petroleum gas and diesel.
  • Amazon Kindle Touch - The Amazon Kindle Touch is an e-reader that sports a 6”, multi-touch display that users can manipulate to input commands.
  • Amazon Mobile Analytics - Amazon Mobile Analytics is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) product that allows a developer to collect and analyze mobile application usage data.
  • AMOLED (active matrix OLED) - AMOLED (Active Matrix OLED) is a screen technology based on pixels made of tiny red, blue and green organic material-based light emitting diodes.
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb - Android 3.0 Honeycomb is a mobile operating system owned by Google and designed specifically for tablet PCs.
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is a version of Google’s mobile operating system.
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean - Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the version of Google's mobile operating system that follows Android 4.
  • Android 9 Pie - Android 9 Pie is the most recent version of Google’s mobile operating system.
  • Android Beam - Android Beam is a Near Field Communication implementation that allows two Android mobile devices to transfer data between each other.
  • Android Factory Reset - Android Factory Reset is a feature that erases all device settings, user data, third-party applications, and associated application data from an Android device’s internal flash storage to return the device to the condition it was in when shipped from the factory.
  • Android for Work - Android for Work is a program for devices running on the Google Android mobile operating system that allows IT to manage and secure business applications on a work-specific profile.
  • Android Open Source Project (AOSP) - The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is an initiative created to guide development of the Android mobile platform.
  • Android Oreo - Android Oreo 8.
  • Android OS - Android OS is a Linux-based mobile operating system that primarily runs on smartphones and tablets.
  • Android WebView - Android WebView is a component that allows Web developers to render a web page within an Android app.
  • app monetization - App monetization is how an app developer can make money from a mobile app, which most users expect to be able to access for free.
  • app store (application store) - An app store (application store) is an online portal through which software programs are made available for procurement and download.
  • app wrapping (application wrapping) - App wrapping is the process of applying a management layer to a mobile app without requiring any changes to the underlying application.
  • Apple 3D Touch - Apple 3D Touch is a pressure-sensitive feature first included in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus that triggers different actions based on how much force the user puts on the screen.
  • Apple AirPlay - Apple AirPlay is a content streaming and interactive display control feature that is integrated in Mac OS, iOS and Apple TV as well as a number of Apple devices, including AirPlay-enabled speakers.
  • Apple AirPrint - Apple AirPrint is an iOS feature that lets users print documents and other files from their iPhones and iPads.
  • Apple Authorized Service Provider (Apple AASP) - An Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) is a business that provides repair services for Apple products.
  • Apple Business Manager - Apple Business Manager (ABM) is an online portal for IT administrators who deploy Mac OS, iOS and tvOS devices in an enterprise or educational setting.
  • Apple CarPlay - Apple CarPlay is an automotive software interface that integrates an end user's iPhone’s operating system (OS) with a car's infotainment display.
  • Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) - The Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) is an online service that automates the enrollment and configuration of Apple iOS devices in an organization’s mobile device management software.
  • Apple iTunes - Apple iTunes is software that allows computer users to purchase, download and manage music, videos, applications and other media.
  • Apple Joint Venture - Apple Joint Venture is an IT support and training service geared toward small and midsized businesses.
  • Apple Live Photos - Apple Live Photos, first available on the iPhone 6s, turn pictures into short videos by capturing movement and sound in the seconds before and after a user takes a photo.
  • Apple Managed Open In - Apple Managed Open In is a security feature released in the Apple iOS 7 mobile operating system that allows IT to configure which applications employees can use to access data.
  • Apple Passbook - Apple Passbook is a mobile application on an  iPhone or iPod Touch that allows users to store .
  • Apple Pay - Apple Pay is a contactless mobile financial transactions service developed for Apple devices.
  • Apple Pencil - Apple Pencil is a stylus for Apple's iPad Pro tablet.
  • Apple Push Notification service (APNs) - Apple Push Notification service (APNs) is a cloud service that allows approved third-party apps installed on Apple devices to send push notifications from a remote server to users over a secure connection.
  • Apple Smart Keyboard - Apple's Smart Keyboard is a detachable, full-size, text input device designed for the iPad Pro.
  • Apple Touch ID - Apple Touch ID is biometric technology that provides iOS user identification through a finger scanner.
  • application sandboxing - Application sandboxing, also called application containerization, is an approach to software development and mobile application management (MAM) that limits the environments in which certain code can execute.
  • artificial personality (AP) - An artificial personality (AP) is a collection of characteristics, tendencies and behavioral quirks assigned to a chatbot, digital assistant, robot or video game character.
  • Aruba's Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) - Aruba’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) is a network architecture that provides a unified process for wired, wireless and remote access for users on both company-owned and employee-owned devices.
  • AT&T Toggle - Toggle is an AT&T service that allows a smartphone owner to create separate personal and business environments on the same mobile device.
  • augmented reality (AR) - Augmented reality (AR) is the integration of digital information with live video or the user's environment in real time.
  • auto-correct - Auto-correct is a type of software program that identifies misspelled words, uses algorithms to identify the word most likely to have been intended, and edits the text accordingly.
  • AWS Device Farm - AWS Device Farm is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) mobile app testing service for Android or Fire OS-based devices.
  • azimuth and elevation - Azimuth and elevation are angles used to define the apparent position of an object in the sky, relative to a specific observation point.
  • backhaul - Backhaul, a term probably derived from the trucking industry, has several usages in information technology.
  • bait and switch - Bait and switch is a fraudulent practice in which a seller advertises a special deal but makes only a very small number of the items available for purchase.
  • band - In telecommunication, a band - sometimes called a frequency band - is a specific range of frequencies in the radio frequency (RF) spectrum, which is divided among ranges from very low frequencies (vlf) to extremely high frequencies (ehf).
  • bandpass filter - A bandpass filter is an electronic device or circuit that allows signals between two specific frequencies to pass, but that discriminates against signals at other frequencies.
  • battery life - Battery life is a measure of  battery performance and longevity, which can be quantified in several ways: as run time on a full charge, as estimated by a manufacturer in milliampere hours, or as the number of charge cycles until the end of useful life.
  • battery management system (BMS) - A battery management system (BMS) is an electronic regulator that monitors and controls the charging and discharging of rechargeable batteries.
  • battery memory effect - The battery memory effect is a reduction in the longevity of a rechargeable battery's charge, due to incomplete discharge in previous uses.
  • beacon (proximity beacon) - A beacon, in the context of location-based services, is a small hardware device that enables data transmission to mobile devices when the users are within a specific range of the device.
  • beamforming - Beamforming is a type of radio frequency (RF) management in which a wireless signal is directed toward a specific receiving device.
  • bezel - A bezel is the border between the screen and frame of a computer monitor, smartphone or any other computing device.
  • BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) - BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) is a mobile communications system created to transmit broadband wireless voice and data communications almost anywhere on the earth's surface.
  • BitPim - BitPim is a cross-platform, open source application for managing data on cell phones that use the CDMA mobile telephony protocol.
  • Bixby Voice - Bixby Voice is an AI-based voice assistant created by Samsung for their mobile devices and adds voice control for Samsung’s digital assistant, Bixby.
  • BlackBerry 10 - BlackBerry 10 is a mobile operating system from Research in Motion.
  • BlackBerry Balance - BlackBerry Balance is a feature of BlackBerry Enterprise Server that allows IT administrators to deploy, secure and remove specific applications and data on BlackBerry smartphones.
  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) - BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is a middleware program that allows BlackBerry devices to access corporate messaging and collaboration software such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise.
  • BlackBerry Hub - BlackBerry Hub is a BlackBerry 10 application that lets users access and respond to emails, text messages and social network activity.
  • Blackberry Secure Work Space - BlackBerry Secure Work Space is an option for BlackBerrry Enterprise Service (BES) 10 that allows administrators to secure and manage non-BlackBerry devices through the BES management console.
  • Bluetooth - Bluetooth technology allows computers, mobile devices and accessories to easily interconnect with each other.
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR - Bluetooth 2.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 - Bluetooth 4.
  • Bluetooth brick - A Bluetooth brick is a battery-powered, sealed device that has sensors for monitoring and communicating information such as temperature or vibration levels.
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) - Also marketed as Bluetooth Smart, Bluetooth LE was introduced in the Bluetooth 4.
  • body area network (BAN) - A body area network (BAN) is the interconnection of multiple computing devices worn on, affixed to or implanted in a person’s body.
  • body cam (bodycam) - A body cam (bodycam) is an audio/video recording device that is clipped to one’s clothing, on the torso.
  • bone conduction headphones - Bone conduction headphones -- sometimes called 'bonephones'-- are headphones that transmit sound waves through the bones in a user's skull instead of their ear canal.
  • BREW (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless) - BREW (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless) is Qualcomm's open source application development platform for wireless devices equipped for code division multiple access (CDMA) technology.
  • bring your own apps (BYOA) - Bring your own apps (BYOA) is the trend toward employee use of third-party applications and cloud services in the workplace.
  • bring your own network (BYON) - When a network administrator talks about BYON, he is describing the ability that employees have to create a wireless hot spot at work.
  • Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) - The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) is an initiative within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) created to promote the development and adoption of broadband throughout the United States, particularly in unserved and underserved areas.
  • broadcast - In general, to broadcast (verb) is to cast or throw forth something in all directions at the same time.
  • build your own broadband (BYOB) - Build your own broadband (BYOB) is a community- or individual-driven initiative to lay foundations for high-speed internet, instead of the work being performed by a traditional internet service provider (ISP) or government.
  • burner phone - A burner is an inexpensive mobile phone that is designed for temporary use, after which it may be discarded.
  • BYOD (bring your own device) - BYOD (bring your own device) is a policy that allows employees in an organization to use their personally owned devices for work-related activities.
  • capacitive touch screen - A capacitive touch screen is a touch-sensitive control display that uses the conductive touch of a human finger or a specialized device for input.
  • care-of address - In Internet routing, a care-of address is a temporary IP address for a mobile node (mobile device) that enables message delivery when the device is connecting from somewhere other than its home network.
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