While giving testimony Wednesday for Google’s case versus Oracle over smartphone technology, Google’s CEO Larry Page stated that the company’s Android platform was an asset, but is not critical to the company’s success. Such a statement may seem shocking to some, especially since Page sent a letter to investors boasting about the success of the company’s mobile platform recently. Google’s legal bout with Oracle began in 2010, when the company accused the search giant of infringing on several of its Java programming patents.
As the two colossal companies do battle, Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison testified stating that his company considered entering the smartphone software business, but later decided against it. Google is claiming that Android does not violate any of Oracle’s patents and that Oracle cannot copyright specific parts of Java, as it is open source and available to the public. As the courtroom drama continues to heat up between the two companies and their legal teams, ultimately the final decision in this matter will be decided by a jury.