updated 03:45 pm EDT, Fri August 13, 2010
Oracle accused by Google of opportunism
Google today responded to Oracle's patent lawsuit with an intention to defend itself. It called the anti-Android dispute "baseless" and argued that the complaint wasn't just attacking Google but anyone using open-source Java. Work would keep going on Android during the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was characterized by Oracle as an attempt to halt the unauthorized use of technology it had obtained through buying Sun last year. Sun had open-sourced Java code in 2006.
New details from Java's core creator James Gosling, however, has implied that Oracle may have bought Sun with a partial aim to suing Google. "[When] we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer's eyes sparkle," Gosling wrote.
The lawsuit threatens to challenge the fundamentals of Android, which just this week was found to have outgrown the iPhone in world market share. Apps in Android are largely based on Java, and many of the speed gains in Android 2.2 come from Google using Java's open-source code to develop a very fast, just-in-time compiler that gives virtually native speeds.