The word Android is used correctly in many contexts. Although the word still can refer to a humanoid
robot, Android has come to mean much more than that in the last decade. In the mobile space, it refers to a
company, an operating system, an open source project, and a development community. Some people even
call mobile devices Androids. In short, an entire ecosystem surrounds the now wildly popular mobile
operating system.
This chapter looks closely at the composition and health of the Android ecosystem. First you find out how
Android became what it is today. Then the chapter breaks down the ecosystem stakeholders into groups in
order to help you understand their roles and motivations. Finally, the chapter discusses the complex
relationships within the ecosystem that give rise to several important issues that affect security.