Google slammed with lawsuit by Oracle regarding Java in Android
Now, we know Java was invented by Sun that was later acquired by Oracle, along with all Java patents and coding. We also know that Android is loosely based on Linux, but includes various Java apps stacked on the core, and the renowned Dalvik virtual machine includes a JIT (just-in-time) Java compiler in Android 2.2, making it the fast beast it is.
Oracle put two and two together and decided there is bread (and circus) in those dusty Java patents in the basement, and did what every self-respecting US company would do – they sued. Oracle has hired David Boies, a lawyer whose career includes cases like United States vs. Microsoft (where Java was an issue as well), Bush vs. Gore and numerous other high-profile cases in and out of the tech industry.
On a separate Sun vs Microsoft case, the Redmond giant ultimately ended up paying $1bln compensation to Sun for infringing on its Java patents, so Google better watch out, there might be merit in Oracle's case.
1. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 979; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
does this mean tht android will be broken down from the OS tht is supposed to take over apple??
2. jaabubby (Posts: 36; Member since: 16 Jan 2010)
Nope. It's a Java IP patent issue. Oracle has to prove that the JIT Java compiler and other patented logic-based software code were used to create it and other Android core platforms. The folly of open source.
3. jpropin (Posts: 152; Member since: 20 May 2010)
Whats the big deal? It's business. Everybody steals ideas and concepts from others and then puts a bow on it and calls it shiny, new and it's own. Android is no more 100% original than a fast food hamburger. But thats ok, cause Microsoft has pilfered ideas. Google has pilfered ideas. Apple has pilfered ideas etc......etc..... I'm sure even Larry Ellison & Oracle has pilfered a few over the years.You don't get to be one of the top 10 richest person's in the world worth over 20 billion without swiping a few things. This is all about ego. And Ellison is not short on that.
4. allboutverizon (Posts: 66; Member since: 20 May 2009)
So does that mean Java isn't open source. I've always been taught that anyone could use jave to create. The Java program itse;f that has been created is unique to the company that created such program.