ENTERPRISE VENDOR Oracle considered buying Research In Motion (RIM) and the now defunct Palm in a bid to crack the smartphone market, it revealed in court yesterday.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told the court in San Francisco, "We explored the idea [of creating a smartphone] and decided it would be a bad idea." He added that Canadian firm RIM was too expensive and Palm wasn't competitive enough, saying that Oracle didn't have enough expertise in-house to develop a smartphone by itself.
Ellison, of course, wasn't just in court for a natter. He was on the witness stand for the second day of Oracle's patent and copyright infringement trial against Google. The revelations that Oracle had considered buying RIM and Palm came as a lawyer for Google told the jury that Oracle filed its lawsuit because its own smartphone efforts had sunk, hence why the firm felt it necessary to launch an attack on Android.
Since Oracle ultimately decided not to acquire RIM or Palm, it looks like luck must have been on the company's side. µ
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