Mobile operating system Android is not crucial to the success of Google, company CEO and co-founder Larry Page claimed in court last week.
The Internet search and online advertising behemoth’s CEO took to the courtroom its current trial with Oracle to find out if Google used Oracle’s Java programming technology without proper authorization and licenses.
Reuters reported that Page, while answering queries from Oracle’s lawyer on the witness stand, said that while Android was significant, it was not vital to his company’s successful growth and development. His statement is quite shocking given how Google has went through thick and thin to defend Android against patent infringement cases with its $12.5 billion buyout of Motorola Mobility, which gives Google access to the phone manufacturer’s sizable patent portfolio.
Page added that he would have opted for Google and Sun Microsystems, the Java technology maker acquired by Oracle in 2010, to enter a business agreement, saying, “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.”