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1gA – Glossary A

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Puzzled by PQ? Thrown by 3G? Nonplussed by nVidia?

Here's hoping our handy Glossary can set you straight, like a bridge over troubled water.

Glossary Project Lead7e10 – Sujith Prathap

NB: See the Project Conversation on the Glossary subsection page for formatting conventions.

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Android PacKage file



An .APK file extension denotes an Android PacKage file. This file format is used for the distribution and installation of bundled components onto the Android mobile device platform.


ADAM can install Android apps from .APK files with its Sniffer file-browsing app.

Am I allowed to install 3rd-party applications by sideloading .APK files?

on 3c3 – Sniffer

APK (file format)

on Wikipedia


Android Debug Bridge

Android Debug Bridge is an application which is installed as part of the Android Software Development Kit (SDK).

ADB provides a terminal-based interface for interacting with the Android file system. Since Android is based on Linux, the command-line is 1g0 – Glossary one way to obtain and manipulate root access often required to perform certain advanced operations on your device using root access.

While these things can be done directly on the device itself using some terminal emulator, it will be rather difficult to execute complex commands on such a small screen. ADB provides the bridge between your machine and your computer.



Active Matrix Organic Light

Emitting Diode


Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diodes are a new type of display which uses organic molecules to generate colored lights instead of inorganic compounds used in conventional LEDs. AMOLED displays don't require a backlight. As of 07 Jan 11, AMOLED screens have been used in mobile phones from Dell, Google, HTC, Nokia, and Samsung, but not in any tablet computers.


• AMOLED display technology is an alternative to the LCD and Pixel Qi screens available on ADAM.

2e – Display


on Wikipedia


Android operating system

Android is an operating system for mobile devices, based upon a modified version of the Linux kernel.    Google and other members of the Open Handset Alliance collaborated to develop and release Android to the world.


ADAM runs the Android operating system, with a custom user interface called Eden on top.

3a – All about Eden and Android


on Wikipedia

Android Gingerbread

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system

Android version 2.3 is also known as Gingerbread.


ADAM  ships with a customized version of the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system. 

3a – All about Eden and Android  

Android Gingerbread

on Android Developers

Android Honeycomb

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system


Android version 3.0, also known as Honeycomb, is the next version of the Android platform, designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets.


• ADAM will run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) when it is released in mid-2011.

3a – All about Eden and Android 

A Sneak Peek of Android 3.0, Honeycomb

on Google Mobile Blog

Android Market

Android Market app store

Android Market is an online app store developed by Google for Android devices. An app called "Market" is preinstalled on most Android devices and allows users to browse and download apps published by third-party developers, hosted on Android Market.

• Until the release of Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), which will properly address the need for tablet-savvy apps, ADAM will not officially support the phone-centric Android Market, although ADAM can install Android apps from .APK files by sideloading with its Sniffer file-browsing app. ADAM has its own app store called Genesis.

Does ADAM come with access to the Android Market?

on 3a – All about Eden and Android

Android Market

on Wikipedia

Android.com - Market

official website


Application Program

App refers to a program downloaded and installed on a device (eg: ADAM). Apps are developed to perform a specific task. Apps are usually downloaded from an App Store, but can also be sideloaded.


• ADAM comes with a wide range of stock apps pre-installed, and can install third-party apps by sideloading their .APK files using its Sniffer file-browsing app.

3c – Stock Applications


Application software

on Wikipedia

App Store

Application Store

An App Store is an online location where apps can be downloaded and installed on a computing device.

Android devices can access Android apps from the Android Market app store.


ADAM has its own app store called Genesis.


What is Genesis?

on 3a – All about Eden and Android

App Store

on Wikipedia

Android Market

on Wikipedia


at Notion Ink


Advanced RISC Machine

Acorn RISC Machine

The ARM is a 32-bit reduced instruction set computer (RISC) instruction set architecture (ISA) developed by ARM Holdings, a British technology company from Cambridge, England, UK. The ARM architecture is the most widely used 32-bit ISA in terms of numbers of CPUs produced.


ADAM is powered by twin ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore CPUs on its nVidia Tegra2 system-on-a-chip processor.

2b – System-on-Chip

ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore

on Wikipedia

ARM Holdings

on Wikipedia


ADAM Web Experience

• Once you experience ADAM, you too shall be in AWE.

It's been called AWEsome by reviewers. 

3c5 – Web Browser  

Introducing Eden – V The Browser

on Rohan's NI Blog



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