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Glossary of terms

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.

App -an abbreviation for application. The filename extension .app means application in Symbian OS, SkyOS, GNUstep and Mac OS X.

App developer - A person who writes computer programs to meet specific requirements. The term implies involvement with, or responsibility for, requirements to capture and test.

App store- application store (sometimes also referred to as an app store, app marketplace, or variations) is a type of digital distribution platform for application software, often provided as a component of an operating system on a personal computer, smartphone, or tablet. Application stores typically take the form of an online store, where users can browse through different categories and genres of applications (such as for example, productivity , multimedia, and games), view information and reviews of then, purchase it (if necessary), and then automatically download and install the application on their device

Bug- An error or defect in software or hardware that causes a program to malfunction. Often a bug is caused by conflicts in software when applications try to run in tandem.

Computer- A computer is a programmable machine. The two principal characteristics of a computer are: it responds to a specific set of instructions in a well-defined manner and it can execute a prerecorded list of instructions

End user- The final or ultimate user of a computer system. The end user is the individual who uses the product after it has been fully developed and marketed. The term is useful because it distinguishes two classes of users, users who require a bug -free and finished product (end users), and users who may use the same product for development purposes. The term end user usually implies an individual with a relatively low level of computer expertise. Unless you are a programmer or engineer, you are almost certainly an end user.

Google apps- Google Apps is a service from Google providing independently customizable versions of several Google products under a custom domain name. It features several Web applications with similar functionality to traditional office suites, including Gmail, Google Groups, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites

Mac OS- is a series of graphical user interface-based operating systems developed by Apple Inc. for their Macintosh line of computer systems. The original version was the integral and unnamed system software first introduced in 1984 with the original Macintosh, and referred to simply as the System software.

Operating System- is a collection of software that manages computer hardware resources and provides common services for computer programs. The operating system is a vital component of the system software in a computer system. Application programs usually require an operating system to function.

Smartphone- or smart phone, is a mobile phone built on a mobile operating system, with more advanced computing capability and connectivity than a feature phone. The first smartphones combined the functions of a personal digital assistant (PDA) with a mobile phone. Later models added the functionality of portable media players, low-end compact digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and GPS navigation units to form one multi-use device. Many modern smartphones also include high-resolution touchscreens and web browsers that display standard web pages as well as mobile-optimized sites. High-speed data access is provided by Wi-Fi and mobile broadband. In recent years, the rapid development of mobile app markets and of mobile commerce have been drivers of smartphone adoption.

Software- computer instructions or data. Anything that can be stored electronically is software, in contrast to storage devices and display devices which are called hardware.

Tablet- a tablet computer, or simply a tablet, is a one-piece mobile computer. These devices typically have a touchscreen, with finger or stylus gestures replacing the conventional computer mouse. It is often supplemented by physical buttons or input from sensors such as accelerometers. An on-screen, hideable virtual keyboard is usually used for typing. Tablets differentiate themselves by being larger than smart phones or personal digital assistants. They are usually 7 inches (18 cm) or larger, measured diagonally.

Wi-fi- (also spelled Wifi or WiFi) is a popular technology that allows an electronic device to exchange data wirelessly (using radio waves) over a computer network, including high-speed Internet connections.