Oracle’s Larry Ellison continues Steve Jobs’ fight against Google’s Android

“Oracle’s Java infringement case against Google’s Android is reportedly nearing a reversal of last year’s original finding that defended Android,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider. “Meanwhile, Google is focusing new attention on Chrome web apps rather than a continuation of Android’s original ’embrace and extend’ Java strategy.”

“If last year’s ruling in Google’s favor is indeed overturned, there may still be an opportunity for Google to argue that its use of Oracle’s Java code was permitted as fair use. In any case, the losing the appeal would greatly complicate Google’s future plans for Android,” Dilger reports. “A report by Emil Protalinski of The Next Web states that Google is working to bring Chrome web apps to Android and iOS devices as early as next month.”

“Essentially, Google’s plans for Chrome would allow developers to create web-based apps that could run on virtually any mobile device, leveraging the middleware of the web via JavaScript rather than the Java-like virtual machine used by Android,” Dilger reports. “Shifting away from Android’s Dalvik and toward Chrome would allow Google the opportunity to reassert control over the mobile app platform, not just on devices that shipped with Android, but also the other, more valuable half of the mobile market that’s using iOS, a market segment that dominates education, the enterprise and affluent users who make purchases.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

31 Comments

    1. At its release in 2007, the iPhone ran the “iPhone OS” and did not support third party apps. Apple promoted web apps as an early (and interim) solution with the bonus that they could work on any HTML 5-compliant device. But few people seemed satisfied by that approach. Apple eventually opened up iOS to third party apps and created the App Store and the rest is history. Every other company has rushed to copy Apple. But, now, Google is heading towards Chrome web apps and everyone is OK with that?

      1. Apple was right from the beginning. Embrace the open web because ultimately it wil win. Steve Jobs was trying to force tooling to be created to create web apps.

        However, the web wasn’t ready and the tools weren’t mature enough. That is not true today. JavaScript is being used as a backend technology today as well as front end. It is a mature language, fast and pervasive.

        The open web will win in the end.

        1. Not sure about that, normally I would agree, (about a free web eventually being triumphant) but google is extremely powerful and is attempting to lock down every piece of the web (android, chrome, web-m, spinning off webkit-to their own proprietary engine)
          They have also been master’s at getting the idiot-savant “techies” & programmers to believe that they promote open source, when in fact they are cleverly subverting it. (Dismantling it, from the bottom up) far more effectively then MS ever was able to.

          If google didn’t exist (or weren’t quite so evil) I would be agreeing with you, but as it is, googles idea of an “open” internet may turn out to be an Orwellian nightmare.

          Meet the new boss
          Same as the old boss
          -Townsend

    1. I don’t think you know what you are asking for.

      If Oracle wins expect commercial nickel and dining of API calls. You think patent trolls were bad?

      Larry should think twice before throwing Billions on open source code and then making claims of ownership.

      Ellison is another Bill Gates but he made his money charging insane licensing fees on databases instead of operating systems.
      Oracle won’t win and Larry could give two bits about helping Steve.

      1. Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, in a statement to Mediaite Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways.

        1. Liberals have for awhile been far more crude and disgusting with their open criticisms of conservatives than the reverse. We had the indie Film about assassinating President Bush Jr. We have had for awhile college campuses booing and heckling conservative speakers, banning them or in other ways trying to limit their speech (Free speech only for liberals and socialists).

          That example is a rare one of a backlash against this trend. It is disgusting how far you have to go as a liberal before you “cross the line”

          1. Yes here at rabidly liberal Cornell, they encourage free speech and opinions only if it matched theirs. As I may have mentioned I was in a department where, when George Bush Jr. was president the Libs put up a joke photo series of GW’s face gradually morphing into a Chimpanzee’s on the Department’s fridge door and it stayed up there for months while they all had a good laugh. I bet the same morph of Obama would have got someone fired for putting it up as “racist” and would have been removed in a split second.

    1. You sound like such an immensely better and more noble creature.

      Actually, in case your knuckle-dragging pea brain can’t tell, I didn’t mean that. Your language pretty much reflects how worthwhile your opinion is.

        1. Hey if Oblabla can lie openly in TV and win an election with that lie and can call conservatives terrorists and tea baggers, then I can call him a NIGGA FAG FRAUD, MASS MURDERING FASCIST!

          Welcome to the progressive America.

          FORWARD COMRADS!

            1. Do you guys not get that he is a liberal troll?
              He is doing the old “reverse troll” i.e. pretending to be your opponent and making either a horrible case or acting outrageously.

              I don’t know… not sure who I worry about more, the reverse trolls acting outrageously or the people who believe and respond to them (you do get that you are both on the same side, yes?)

  1. Ignorance!
    Very poor reading of state of affairs.
    Google is replacing Dalvik with Android run time even if Oracle will manage to reverse the ruling Android’s future is well protected. ART avoids issues with Oracle and is apparently speeding up the OS. You are reading too much into chrome web apps, a project that’s been on the works for some time.

    1. Does this work on older versions of Android (which makes up the VAST majority of Android deployments in the real world). Or just the latest and greatest versions of Android (which makes up an infinitesimally small portion of Android handsets)?

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