Glossary of Android OS Terms

The list below defines some of the basic terminology of the Android platform

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The term “root” comes from the Unix/Linux world and is used to describe a user who has “superuser” rights or permissions to all the files and programs in the software OS (Operating System). The root user, because they have “superuser” privileges, can essentially change or modify any of the software code on the device. You […]


A ROM is essentially a custom version of Android. Literally it stands for Read Only Memory, in this case referring to the phone’s internal memory where your firmware/apps are stored. When people say they’re flashing a new ROM, it means they are flashing a new version of the firmware onto their phone. A custom ROM, […]