Google is introducing new terms to explain how it processes data from its apps and devices, including “life cycle” and “life stage.”
The terms are a response to data that’s been coming to light from the Federal Trade Commission, which recently released a report saying that many of Google’s products are sold with life cycle data on the company’s website.
While Apple and Microsoft are the only companies to have made that data public, Google says it uses the terms to help explain the process.
Here’s what “life-cycle” and other life-cycle terms mean.
Life-cycle information is not a separate concept, but rather an extension of the “life” of an app, device, or service.
“Life-stage” is a way to define a feature’s lifecycle.
“Lifecycle” is the part of a service’s lifetimes that’s visible to users.
For example, Google’s Google Home, which runs on a smartphone and is designed to give you voice control, has a life-stage of 10 years.
But Google’s own Play Store has a lifecycle of two years, so Google has a different concept for what constitutes a life stage.
In a statement to TechCrunch, Google said it uses its terms because they are easier to understand and are the “best way to communicate” with developers.
For example, when a user first opens an app on an iPhone, the app is listed as “started” and it will start up in about four seconds, rather than the typical three to five seconds for apps built for Android or iOS.
The company also notes that “life stages” can be confusing to users and that users should not rely on Google’s definition of a “lifecycle.”
Google says the term “life level” is an easy way to “explain the different life stages of your app and device.”
In an email to Tech Crunch, a Google spokesperson explained that Google uses these terms to indicate the different lifecycles of different products, but added that Google’s app stores are different from its Play Store, because “the Play Store’s lifecys are much more visible to consumers and can be seen on our website.”
Google also said that it has no plans to change its terms, but that it hopes “this helps developers understand their data better.”