Mapping Openness in the Android Ecosystem

17 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2016

Date Written: October 12, 2016


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The purpose of this document is to describe the Android ecosystem, the implications of its open source nature and the role that Google plays in the ecosystem. It details the players involved and the value chain between them, the freedom that various players have to do what they want with the Android source codes and the consequences of that freedom.

Keywords: android, mobile, open source, fragmentation, ecosystem, telecoms, telecommunications, cellular

JEL Classification: L96, K23

Suggested Citation

Felten, Benoît, Mapping Openness in the Android Ecosystem (October 12, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

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