The Android platform is developed and maintained by the Open Handset Alliance which is led by Google ( The Open Handset Alliance consists of many major mobile device manufacturers and chipset vendors such as Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Intel, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Apart from these, a number of mobile network operators and software companies are also part of the consortium. It was founded in 2007 and has seen a rapid growth in its membership from the original 37 members to 84 members today.

Android is available as an open source mobile platform under the GNU General Public License and the Apache 2.0 license. This enables anybody who is interested, to download and customize its source ...

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