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Google says Android isn't critical to its success

Oracle trial just keeps on giving
Thu Apr 19 2012, 11:28

THE SMARTPHONE OPERATING SYSTEM Android isn't critical to Google's success, Larry Page said in court on Wednesday.

The Google CEO took the witness stand yesterday in the firm's ongoing trial with Oracle to decide whether Google used Oracle's Java technology without obtaining necessary licences.

According to a report from Reuters, while under questionning from Oracle's lawyer Page said that although Android was important, it wasn't critical to his company's success. This statement comes as something a shock given the lengths Google has gone to in order to protect Android, most notably its $12.5bn buyout of Motorola Mobility to gain access to the firm's large patent portfolio.

Page also said that he would have preferred it if Google had entered into a business partnership with Sun Microsystems, whose Java technology Oracle acquired in 2010.

"It would have saved us a lot of time and trouble to use Sun's technology. When we weren't able to have our business partnership, we went down our own path," Page is quoted as testifying.

The trial between Google and Oracle just keeps on giving when it comes to revelations, as Oracle's CEO Larry Ellison yesterday let slip that his company considered purchasing Palm and RIM. µ


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