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Google has won a case put forward by Oracle on the open source Java software. Oracle had argued that Google had infringed on the Java patents, in coming up with the application programming interfaces used in the Android-run smartphones. Oracle is the maintainer of the Java programming language and also the organizer of the open source software. It claimed almost a billion dollars from Google as restitution. However, the court found out that Google had not infringed on the two patents that Oracle claimed. The court said that the particular elements that Google has replicated were open source and thus required no licensing. Google had copied nine lines of code from Java.
The court was quick to warn that the ruling does not mean that Oracle patented products could be copied without licensing. This will be stealing the products and may lead to prosecution. Some techniques however can be copied, since techniques are not copyrightable. This did not go down well with Oracle who has vowed to appeal the decision, saying that the use of its open source Java by Google was beyond fair use. The company continues to state that it will be committed in protecting Java first as a valuable development platform and secondly as an intellectual property asset.
The whole issue revolves round the deployment of the Java APIs in the building of the popular Android. Google used the APIs to create a customized Java. This was to enable the mobile devices to run many applications on the Internet at the same time.
Ovum Research has unveilied its annual developer survey. And the results are quite surprising.
The results showed that Android appears to be closing in on Apple as the platform of choice by developers. It also said that majority of the developers preferred to support both the iOS and the Android platforms.
Another unexpected result that came about in the survey is the positive interest of developers in Microsoft’s Windows mobile device. Can this be the result of the hype that is being generated by the upcoming release of the Windows 8.
Though Apple is not losing ground and Android getting the lost market, it seems like the developers are deciding to create apps that can be used on both platforms.
One good news is that developments seems to be going out of the way of propriety platforms (Java, Flash, WAP). This is in facvor of HTML 5 based apps.
Unfortunately, the report does not state the profits of the developers from making these apps. This is supposed to be important since it would be clear if developers are creating apps due to the popularity of the device or is it because the app is suitable for the device. The iOS seems to be more profitable over Android.