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4EXT- an alternate recovery mode for your phone

ADB - Android Debug Bridge, a utility to run on a host to allow connection to and control of an Android device

AKU - Adaptation Kit Update: they usually patch up existing bugs and enable several new features. Each newly released AKU pack retains fixes found in previous versions of AKU

CSC - File with Carrier Customizations

CID lock (a.k.a. vendor lock) - put on your device by the manufacturer to prevent installation of a ROM not released by them; see also bootloader#Locked/unlocked bootloaders

CM - CyanogenMod, an alternate firmware for your phone, with the stuff your carrier left out, and more

CWM - ClockworkMod Recovery, an alternate recovery mode for your phone, with the stuff your carrier left out, and more

ESN - Electronic Serial Number unique to your phone (usually in hexadecimal or decimal)

FC - Force Close, a.k.a. application crashed

FTF - (Flash Tool Firmwares) Firmwares that can be flashed via Flashtool

gapps - Google Applications, like Gmail, Calendar, Maps, G+, etc

GB - Gingerbread, a.k.a. Android OS 2.3

ICS - Ice Cream Sandwich, a.k.a. Android OS 4

IPL - Initial Program Loader: Its the bootloader for PPC. It boots up SPL.

JB - Jelly Bean, AKA Android OS 4.1

KK - KitKat, AKA Android OS 4.4

MMS - Multimedia Messaging Service (text messaging with pictures)

MSL - Master Security Lock (the six digit code needed to program your phone)

OCUV - Over Clock/Under Volt the CPU to save power and increase speed

OTA - Over-the-Air (usually used as "OTA update" for firmware updates that can be installed directly via 3G/4G/Wi-Fi without the need of an PC)

OTG - On-The-Go (usually used as USB OTG, meaning a phone can host a USB stick with the proper connector)

PRI - Product Release Instructions (default settings your phone ships with)

PRL - Preferred Roaming List (tells your cellphone whose towers to use when roaming); see Wikipedia:Preferred Roaming List

RIL - Radio Interface Layer

ROM - Read-only memory. Can also refer to a custom ROM firmware file

RUU - ROM Upgrade Utility: It's the HTC software used on your PC to do a ROM upgrade for your device

TWRP - an alternate recovery mode for your phone [Team Win Recovery Project]

SMS - Short Messaging Service (text messaging)

SPL - Secondary Program Loader: Loads the actual OS.

WiMAX - Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access.

WWE Edition - World Wide English Edition

UC - User Customization

XIP - Execute-in-Place

FXZ - Java FX file type -- a Fastboot file for the Droid Bionic

SBF - Single Binary File -- Used to update firmware on certain Motorola Phones most notably the Droid/DX/D2 and the Defy


More in the FAQ Section.