Definitions & Abbreviations

Want to know what people are talking about in the android forums? Learn to talk tech with these Android Definitions & Abbreviation
 Definitions & Abbreviations
ROOT = Access to the root of the device files system and able to edit it. 
CWM = Clock work mod recovery 
CM = Cyanogenmod 
AOKP = Android Open Kang Project
AOSP = Android OPen Source Project
TWRP = Team Win Recovery Project 
Root = to gain root permission or admin rights on a device 
Rom = A custom Android User Interface or UI 
UI = User Interface 
Nandroid = an image back up of all files and settings on a device  (note) doesn’t include the sd card or ext sd card
BSR = Boot Strap Recovery 
SS = Safe Strap Recovery 
ADB = Android Debug Bridge 
AOSP = Android Open Source Project 
GB = Ginger Bread 2.3 
HC = Honey Comb 3.0 
ICS = Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 
JB = Jelly Bean 4.1 or 4.2
KK = KitKat 4.4
Flash = to install a zip file such as a rom 
Bootloader = code that is executed before any Operating System starts to run 
Unlocked Bootloader = A android device that has full access to flash roms, recovery images, and kernals 
Locked Bootloader = A device that cant flash recovery images or Kernals but most likely can flash roms and bypass recovery to a custom recovery 
SBF = a file that will bring your phone back to it’s original out of the box state 
AP Fastboot = A piece of software that supports a protocol to update the flash filesystem in Android smartphones from another computer
Soft Bricked = the device will not boot
Bricked or hard bricked = device will not turn on at all
Boot Loop = when the device turns on, shows the boot animation, then repeats. This can normally be fixed by wiping data/factory reset from either stock or custom recovery. 
KF = Amazon Kindle Fire.
FFF = FIRE FIRE FIRE which is a kindle fire boot loader.
KFU = Kindle Fire Utility
ODIN = A program used to flash files like firmware to a Samsung Device
Download Mode = This is a setting in which you will put your phone when using Odin. Odin can only communicate properly with your phone if the phone is in download mode.
Logcat = This is a log of all of the processing activity your phone did over a certain period of time.
OTA – Over the Air = These are the official firmware upgrades that Verizon has released over the life of this phone.
SOD – Sleep of Death = This is when your phone goes into standby mode but then goes into a catatonic state somewhere between being asleep and completely powered down.
HBoot = HTC devices boot mode where you can enter fastboot, recovery, flash firmware, & check unlock status.
S ON = Checks the firmware before it is flashed to make sure it is official.
S OFF = The security level is a flag stored on the radio; when the flag is S-OFF, the bootloader (HBOOT) will no longer check the signatures of firmware images before flashing.
RUU = ROM Update Utility
KANGING or KANGED = To have one’s developer code and work taken, manipulated, rebranded, and re-released by someone else with no credit
FTF = Sony Stock Android device firmware it called a FTF because the file ends in .FTF It can be flash with a flash tool to restore the device.


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