Google pulled no punches in its defense of Android against Oracleâ€™s Java accusations, painting Sun and Oracleâ€™s attempts at a smartphone alternative as one huge failure after the other. While Oracle argues that Google knowingly used Java technologyÂ without licensing it for Android, Google claims its foe is trying desperately to cash in on the open-source OSâ€™ success having proved singularly incapable of doing anything remotely innovative itself.
Google pointed to three attempts by Sun â€“ later acquired by Oracle â€“ to build Java-based smartphone platforms. The companyâ€™s goal was â€œto build a mobile phone applications suite on top of JavaFx which will make Appleâ€™s iPhone a direct competitor of ours,â€Â according to an email from Oracleâ€™s Larry Ellison to Sunâ€™s Scott McNealy back in 2009. â€œWe would then license the Java Phone software to carriers like Verizonâ€ Ellison concludes.
That, perhaps unsurprisingly, fell flat; indeed, Google pointed out, Sun ended up giving the Java language to the public, and then Google built Android partially on top of it. The company even â€œpublicly approvedâ€ that use, making this Oracle case laughable, the search giant claimed.
Oracle CEO Ellison already admitted that the company considered purchasing Palm and RIMÂ as a shortcut into the mobile industry, though decided against the strategy. â€œI had an idea that we could enter the smartphone business and compete with everyone in the smartphone business,â€ Ellison told the court. â€œIt was an idea I wanted to explore. We explored it and decided it was a bad idea.â€