Spongy Castle is a package-rename (org.bouncycastle.* to org.spongycastle.*) of Bouncy Castle intended for Android. Android ships with a stripped-down version of Bouncy Castle - this causes classloader collisions if you try to add an alternative (updated/complete) Bouncy Castle jar. This jar contains JCE provider and lightweight API for the Bouncy Castle Cryptography APIs for JDK 1.5.