Oracle’s Aborted Smartphone Plan Revealed by CEO in Court Testimony

April 18, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

An interesting testimony made by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison in front of a US federal court has revealed that the company was seriously mulling over entering the smartphone market and had made multiple attempts to reach that goal.

As part of the attempt, Oracle had developed a team in 2009 to build an Oracle phone. This was a bid to reap more profits by handing out stiff competition to Apple and Android makers. The team was formed parallel to the process of acquiring Sun.

The revelation came as part of the legal battle fought between Oracle and Google about the use of Java by Android platform without paying any license fee to Oracle.

As part of his testimony, the Oracle top boss also divulged an attempted takeover of Palm or RIM to get an entry into the Smartphone market.

However, Oracle’s attempts were later abandoned when they understood that RIM will be too expensive to take over and that entering smartphone market could be a ‘bad idea’.

Trying to point out the differences in his opinion, Google’s legal team has alleged the suit is an attempt to cash on the now popular Android platform, unlike when Ellison has lauded the Java use of the platform in 2009, which is part of his testimony.

According to Google’s legal team, Ellison was not sure about the success of the platform at that time. In his testimony, Ellison insisted that he had reached out to Google in 2010 for a license deal but was rejected, which made him file the suit.

However, Google’s stand is that they feel no need to license Java since Android uses only its components which are in public domain.


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