Battle of the Titans Has Begun: Google Fights Oracle for the Future of Android

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  1. dgstorm

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    Here's another patent lawsuit case, but this one is just now heating up instead of potentially winding down like "ck's" story a little bit ago. Just yesterday the battle for the future of Android began between the two tech giants, Google and Oracle. In case you missed it, Oracle has been suing Google for quite some time because they claim that Google's Android OS infringes upon several of their patents related to Java, since some of Android is based upon the Java mobile platform. Oracle made Java open-source, except for much of its mobile version. That part they license out for a fee. Basically, Google figured out a clever way to circumvent this by building an elaborate custom version of a key system to avoid those licensing fees.

    As Android rapidly became the world dominating mobile platform, Oracle cried fowl and decided to take Google to court over it. They originally asked for a somewhere between $1.4 billion and $6.1 billion in damages as compensation, but that was thrown out by the judge as "over-reaching", and now they are shooting for a different figure. If its lawsuit Oracles lawsuit is successful, they could force Google to pay tens of millions of dollars in retroactive licensing fees, and potentially hundreds of millions more in the future. Even those these amounts seem paltry and could be easily paid by Google, Oracle doesn't necessarily really want to get just money from Google. Ultimately, Oracle is really just trying to force the court to decide that their version of Java should be the dominant one, which would ultimately allow them to exert more control of the mobile software development in the world. In fact, several reports suggest that Oracle was considering entering the smartphone market prior to this, but Google beat them to it.

    After over twenty months of prep work, and several hearings later, the court case finally went to trial just yesterday. The two behemoths will be battling for supremacy in a fight that will likely drag on for several more years, if not a decade or more. As always, we will try and keep you abreast of things as they develop, bit don't expect it to be decided anytime soon.

    As an interesting bit of history on this whole shebang, below is a quote from a PCWorld article with a pretty complete timeline of the drama:

    Source: CNN and PCWorld
     
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    Going to be very interesting how this pans out.
     
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    This actually seems legit to me. Looks like Google tried to obtain rights, but negotiations didn't work out. So they tried to circumvent them.

    More entertaining over Apple's crap.
     
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    Seeing as how Oracle has been getting the damage amounts smacked down time after time....even if they win...it wont be as bad as it coulda been. If Oracle does win....just dont mess up what Android has going on. Android isnt perfect...but its perfect for me.
     
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    I have no relevant thing to say about the lawsuit. I only clicked this story because of the amazing picture. I already am up to date from the verge. :happy3: +1 on the pics today dgstorm :hail:.
     
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    You beat to the punch,Love Godzilla movies,now Ive got to netflix it,or something,as far as the thread,in the words of ilikemoneygreen-"I have no relevant thing to say about the lawsuit."
     
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    Thank you... thank you. :)
     
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    Please keep us up to date on this

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    Oracle is notorious for draconian licensing. I worked for a company years ago and we had to shutdown 90% of our development environments because Oracle changed their licensing and we were going to get hammered with millions of dollars in fees. Not long after that we expanded into DB2 and Teradata. Ironic? I think not.
     
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    Seems Oracle is butthurt that they weren't able to get into the mobile market and Google did what they felt they had to do in the face of ridiculous licensing fees if I am reading things correctly. I think Google foresaw this and simply accepted that down the road the courts would likely force Sun, and now Oracle to offer fair terms rather than the exorbitant amounts they were asking for previously.

    I'm glad Google doesn't actually manufacture the phones though, because with all these lawsuits the costs would be getting passed on to all Android users.
     
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