Know your smartphone terminology
might be life-changing, but all their features and services can seem
confusing if you don’t speak their language. Don’t let a little tech
jargon keep you from joining the mobile-computing revolution. This list
of common smartphone terminology just might turn you into a tech expert.
for “third-generation” mobile telecommunications, 3G is a standard that
applies to smartphones that can send and receive data at a speed of
between approximately 384KB and 2MB per second. What does this mean for
you? It means taking full advantage of your phone’s smarts by sending
or receiving pictures, movies and music in seconds.
speedier successor to 3G technology, 4G/LTE/Mobile WiMAX phones are
able to send and receive data between 100MB and 1GB per second.
for “applications,” apps are pieces of software designed to run on a
smartphone or tablet. Most smartphones come with a number of apps
preinstalled, but also offer the ability to download new apps to suit
most users’ individual tastes and needs from a platform-specific app
store. An app could grab your favorite headlines, provide GPS mapping,
tell you the weather, play a game — pretty much anything you want.
technology is designed to wirelessly send files or audio from one
device to another. In smartphones, Bluetooth® is often used to transmit
audio from your handset to wireless headphones or hands-free
mobile carrier or network is the cellular company that provides your
smartphone with voice and data service. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint
are examples of wireless carriers/networks.
for “global positioning system,” GPS can triangulate your smartphone’s
position in the world by linking to satellites orbiting the earth. The
position is then displayed on a map on the smartphone’s screen.
abbreviation for “multimedia messaging service,” MMS enables you to
send audio, text messages and photos or video taken with your
smartphone’s camera to other smartphone users.
is an abbreviation for “short message service,” otherwise known as text
messages. An SMS message can be a maximum of 160 characters long.
for “wireless Internet,” Wi-Fi is built in to many phones. It enables
you to connect to wireless Internet hotspots so you can download and
upload files, check email, surf the Web, or make video calls with
services like Skype, Fring or FaceTime.
Before you hit the stores, learn more about Wi-Fi–enabled smartphones.
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