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Android encyclopedia: D is for..

The next installment of our Android encyclopedia. D is for..

Dalvik Cache

A writable cache that contains the code of all your app files. Having all this information in its own cache makes your applications load a lot faster and generally perform better.


One of the earlier versions of the Android OS, 1.6 to be exact. Donut was released in September 2009 and included some improvements to the framework of the Android OS. With its release, Donut brought support for better, and higher, resolution touchscreens and improved gallery support. Although it isn’t one of the most recognisable OS updates, Donut was the platform for a lot of features we now see in the later versions of the OS.

Did you know?

Some of the phones that were released with the Android 1.6 update included the Sony Ericsson Xperia 10 and the Motorola Devour

DLNA (Dynamic Living Network Alliance)

DLNA is one of the primary ways of wirelessly streaming all multimedia content from your Android phone to your TV.

What is required for a DLNA stream to work?

For a DLNA connection to work you need two things: a DLNA client, and a DLNA server. A DLNA server is the device used to send the content across. These devices must have DLNA capability to work properly. On the other side, a DLNA client is where the content is streamed through.

Droid series

The Droid series is a range of phones manufactured by Motorola. There have been an number of phones released under the Droid name including the Droid Bionic, Droid Incredible and Droid RAZR.