Channels ▼

Eric Bruno

Dr. Dobb's Bloggers

Android Released as Open-Source

October 20, 2008

Today, Google and the Open Handset Alliance announced the release of the entire Android software stack to the open-source world. With it, you can download the source, build it, contribute changes, and develop your own mobile device around it, free of charge (subject to the license agreement, of course). To begin, download the source and documentation at


With this move, Google has made available an entire mobile software stack to potential mobile device designers in and open and equal manner. Their goal is to open the innovation to a world-wide community, which will propel Android forward at a rate faster than any one company can do on its own. Now, the entire software stack is available for both third-party Android application developers, and mobile device and handset manufacturers alike.


As a software developer, you might like the potential of an open Android software code base, as it opens the market to new mobile applications. As a hobbyist, you might like the idea of being able to experiment with the mobile platform. As a business person, you may want to double-check the license to make sure it fits your business model. Either way, it makes sense to check out this latest move at


Happy coding!


Related Reading

More Insights

Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.