Android Licensing

Android, we said is an open source mobile software environment. It’s built on top of Linux kernel.


Android is released under two different open source licenses:

No. License Description
1. GNU General Public License(GPL) This is because Linux kernel this license is a requrement for anyone licensing the Linux kernel like android does.
2. Apache Software License(ASL) This excludes the kernel.

Both licenses encourage the open source spirit.

However Apache license is friendlier towards commercialization. It endeavors to balance the “opensourceness” with commerical market forces.


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