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Lookout for yourself: Source.Android.com/Source/

"Barring the natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough." - A Mysterious Visit, bu Mark Twain, 1875

The Android Source Code

Android is an open-source software stack created for a wide array of devices with different form factors. The primary purpose of Android is to create an open software platform available for carriers, OEMs, and developers to make their innovative ideas a reality and to create a successful, real-world product that improves the mobile experience for end users. We also wanted to make sure that there was no central point of failure, where one industry player could restrict or control the innovations of any other. The result is a full, production-quality consumer product whose source is open for customization and porting.

Governance Philosophy
Android was originated by a group of companies known as the Open Handset Alliance, led by Google. ... The companies that have invested in Android ... believe that an open platform is necessary. Android is intentionally and explicitly an open-source -- as opposed to free software -- effort: a group of organizations with shared needs has pooled resources to collaborate on a single implementation of a shared product. ... The objective is a shared product that each contributor can tailor and customize.

Uncontrolled customization can, of course, lead to incompatible implementations. To prevent this, the Android Open Source Project also maintains the Android Compatibility Program, which spells out what it means to be "Android compatible", and what is required of device builders to achieve that status. Anyone can (and will!) use the Android source code for any purpose, and we welcome all such uses. However, in order to take part in the shared ecosystem of applications that we are building around Android, device builders must participate in the Android Compatibility Program.

The Android Open Source Project is led by Google, who maintains and further develops Android. Although Android consists of multiple subprojects, this is strictly a project management technique. We view and manage Android as a single, holistic software product, not a "distribution", specification, or collection of replaceable parts. Our intent is that device builders port Android to a device; they don't implement a specification or create a distribution.

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