Is Android “Important” Or “Critical” For Google?

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Google has staked a lot on Motorola Mobility acquisition. The company is currently endeavoring to protect itself from patent lawsuits. Recently, the company has been litigated by Oracle for the use of Java technology in its Android OS. Android has intensively been threatened by malware attacks across the world and tech-savvies believe that the OS is vulnerable in security concern.

Besides, there has been a linger discussions over “fragmentation of Android”. I am little bit apprehensive about the future of Android OS because a majority of developers are not willing to work on this platform.

Google bated $12 billion on Motorola Mobility in August 2011. The stance of the company is quite clear; first, it wants to create an integrated software-hardware ecosystem in order to contend Apple. And second, Motorola Mobility has currently 17,000 patents and 7,500 patents applications, which are viable to protect Google from Oracle.

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However, Google chief executive “Larry Page” said that Android is “important but not critical” to search engine giant. Currently, a tenacious lawyer –David Boies—has crated an intense situation for the company. Boies is currently working for Oracle as lawyer sued Google for illegally stealing a piece of technology of Java in its mobile operating system.

Google co-founder said that they intended to create the mobile OS seven year before to provide an awesome experiences of online services on mobile devices to folks around the world. Presently, Oracle is demanding hundreds of millions of dollars as compensation from Google for its damages due to use of Java technology in Android. Besides, Oracle is also demanding royalties from Google for future use of Android—which currently powers more than 300 million Smartphone across the world.

Google’s co-founder–Larry page–said, “We really wanted to use Sun’s technology. 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. I am not sure. I think things are copyrighted by default, but I am not a lawyer. Google is a company based on intellectual property. That’s one of the major intellectual property protections.”

Google has never revealed that how much revenue it has generated from its Android OS. However, some of the evidences related to revenue generation form Android OS has been provided by the company to court, which has been kept under the court seal. The lawyer of Google does not want to disclose any evidences in public courtroom.

Google has had a good relationship with Sun Microsystems before it was acquired by Oracle in 2010. Co-founder of Google orchestrated a deal to buy Silicon Valley start-up (hatched Android) to have an efficient access of its search engine, advertising and other services on mobile phones.

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Anyway, Google is passing through a rough patches. A number of its revolutionary products such as Google Glass, Smartphone and Tablet are yet to come in the market later this year. This time, a cold war between “Google and Oracle” does not seem to be ended up, while other sides, Apple has outburst the market with new iPad, and also, has decided to launch its “iPad mini” later this year.

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