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Android is an open source operating system for 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 needed to create custom variants of the Android OS, port devices and accessories to the Android platform, and ensure devices meet the compatibility requirements that keep the Android ecosystem a healthy and stable environment for millions of users.

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The October 2020 Android and Pixel Bulletins have been published along with links to associated fixes and new build numbers to support the October security release.
Android 11 is released! This site includes documentation for implementing the features, improvements, and enhancements in the newest version of Android.
The Android Platform Codelab takes developers from bare metal to a (virtual) device under test in a single page.