Welcome to the Android Open Source Project!

Android is an open source software stack for a wide range of mobile devices and a corresponding open source project led by Google. This site and the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository offer the information and source code you need to create custom variants of the Android stack, port devices and accessories to the Android platform, and ensure your devices meet compatibility requirements.

Android 7.1.1 Updates Available

What's New


A dalvik.annotation.MethodParameters annotation has been added to AOSP after Android 7.1 that is optional and can be used to provide parameter metadata such as parameter names and modifiers. See Dalvik Executable format for a complete description.

December Android Security Bulletin

The December 2016 Android Security Bulletin has been published along with links to associated fixes. In addition, new build numbers have been published for Nexus 6 running Android 7.0 and Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Nexus Player running Android 7.1.1 to support the December Android security release.

Retail Demo Mode

Android 7.1.1 includes system-level support for retail demo mode to offer a quick, safe, and consistent demonstration of an Android device and significantly reduce the cost and complexity of a retail mode for manufacturers.

Night Light

Android 7.1.1 includes a night light feature that reduces the amount of blue light emitted by the device display to better match the natural light of the user's time of day and location.

App Shortcuts

Android 7.1.1 allows developers to define action-specific app shortcuts to let users quickly start common or recommended tasks.

Circular Icons

Android 7.1.1 supports circular app icons that can be enabled with a small configuration change.

ART Memory Optimization

Starting with Android 7.1, two options are provided for controlling how memory is used when compiling everything besides the boot image: dalvik.vm.dex2oat-very-large and dalvik.vm.dex2oat-swap. See the dalvik.vm Properties section of Configuring ART for details.

Getting Started

Explore the Source

Get the complete Android platform and modify and build it to suit your needs. You can also contribute to the AOSP repository to make your changes available to everyone else in the Android ecosystem.

Android framework summary

Port Android to Devices

Get help porting the latest Android platform to create compelling devices for your customers. Includes documentation for HAL interfaces and details on core technologies such as Android runtime (ART) and over-the-air (OTA) updates.

Make Secure

Follow these examples and instructions to harden your Android devices against malicious attacks. Find out how the Android security program works and learn how to implement the latest features.

Get Compatible

Being Android-compatible lets you offer custom features but still give users and developers a consistent and standard experience across all Android-powered devices. Android provides guidance and a test suite to verify your Android compatibility.

Help this Site

Use the Site Feedback button at the bottom of any page to request content improvements or let us know about errors. To contribute your own updates to the site or to view a complete list of site changes, use the AOSP project docs/source.android.com.