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Hmmm, why isn't this thread still not stickied... ? B) :unsure:

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Thanks very much for this.

Another term that I am confused about is RIL (I see it mentioned a lot), but that may just be me.

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Another term that I am confused about is RIL (I see it mentioned a lot), but that may just be me.

RIL is Radio Interface Layer and is the bit where the generic OS (like Android) meets the lower-level software for the specific telephone parts of the phone (and the vendor-specific, low-level software is referred to as the Baseband [Layer]).

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Can you add what a Kernel is?

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Can you add what a Kernel is?


I have added some more items - including this

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What im sure most people wont get in your glossary is VM. You 'keep' talking about it while not explaining what VM means.

The VM is the JAVA VM that the android system is running in.

I mean you are saying "VM is the Java VM" ya alright but what is Java VM then?
Maybe changing it in Java Virtual Machine would be helpful. And those interested can then google what java virtual machine is

And maybe in the kernel you could add some info from this image:
http://developer.and...rchitecture.jpg

Edited by vareBlade, 09 January 2011 - 10:09 AM.

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Stephen:
The main partitions are : BOOT, RECOVERY, SYSTEM, USERDATA, CACHE

How about adding a couple of sentences saying what is stored on each partition and how it is used?

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And another term that could be defined, with a stab at doing so:

AOSP

Android Open Source Project. Some times used on the forum to refer to a generic version of the Android system, before phone manufacturers / carriers / others have made modifications and provided alternative / extra software.

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And another term that could be defined, with a stab at doing so:

AOSP

Android Open Source Project. Some times used on the forum to refer to a generic version of the Android system, before phone manufacturers / carriers / others have made modifications and provided alternative / extra software.


Ta - that's a good one

Also added A2SD and added more info on APP2SD

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Added Recovery Manager and Firmware

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Suggested Additions

Alpha - highly experimental, not for the inexperienced, certainly not advised for daily use. Significant functions are probably not yet working.

Beta - beyond a prototype, but still with the likelihood of significant bugs and quirks. For people willing to act as "beta-testers" and help discover, identify and isolate those bugs, so that they can be fixed. Beta-testers are constructive critics. They certainly shouldn't expect absolutely everything to work properly.
Accurate problem descriptions are helpful, but complaints would just demonstrate that you don't understand your role as a Beta-tester.

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Suggested Additions

Alpha - highly experimental, not for the inexperienced, certainly not advised for daily use. Significant functions are probably not yet working.

Beta - beyond a prototype, but still with the likelihood of significant bugs and quirks. For people willing to act as "beta-testers" and help discover, identify and isolate those bugs, so that they can be fixed. Beta-testers are constructive critics. They certainly shouldn't expect absolutely everything to work properly.
Accurate problem descriptions are helpful, but complaints would just demonstrate that you don't understand your role as a Beta-tester.


Ta DONE

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perhaps you could add
USB
Wifi
bluetooth
adhoc
hotspot

??

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perhaps you could add
USB
Wifi
bluetooth
adhoc
hotspot

??


done

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Added

DIALLER

The Dialler is the APP you see when you make a phone call.
ZTE have their own dialler that they include with their STOCK ROM.
Some ROM developers revert the DIALLER to the stock Android DIALLER.
This is not as simple task as it integrated with other APPS such as Contacts and Settings


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android sdk very often used in channel
to develop its own apk
install adb

with a link

android sdk

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You could add "flash"(verb), took me a while to understand and still not entirely sure. ;)

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You could add "flash"(verb), took me a while to understand and still not entirely sure. ;)



FLASH / FLASHING

Flashing is the same as installing a ROM or FIRMWARE of your phone.
Basically your FLASHing the software onto the BOOT and SYSTEM partitions.


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Added BASE ADDRESS
Added GEN1 GEN2

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Is there any way to change the colours on the Orange San Francisco in the sms window, its just all black and would be better if they were 2 different colours. sorry its a simple question and i have a feeling the answer is not without installing a rom? which i have no idea how to even begin doing so i wouldnt be able to do it in that case.

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