Google to Remove Oracle's Code from Android
Google plans to take Oracle's proprietary Java code out of the Android operating system. Rather than rely on Oracle's Java Development Kit (JDK), Google will switch to the OpenJDK. Android is based on Java and the JDKs are what manage the APIs and other tools developers need to create apps. "As an open-source platform, Android is built upon the collaboration of the open-source community," said Google to VentureBeat. "In our upcoming release of Android, we plan to move Android's Java language libraries to an OpenJDK-based approach, creating a common code base for developers to build apps and services. Google has long worked with and contributed to the OpenJDK community, and we look forward to making even more contributions to the OpenJDK project in the future." Oracle, which developed Java, makes two versions of its JDK, a proprietary one and an open one. Android uses both, but mostly the proprietary one controlled by Oracle. Google says moving to the OpenJDK will simplify things for app developers, but as VentureBeat points out, the change also protects future versions of Android from litigation. Oracle sued Google in 2010 over its use of Java APIs that it claims are patented. The case has bounced around several courts and has yet to be resolved. Google did not comment on the current status of the Oracle lawsuit.
Google to Simplify Android Pay for Developers
Google today said it has streamlined the developer tools needed to add Android Pay support to mobile apps and web sites. The company revised the APIs used by developers, who should now be able to enable Android Pay with just a few lines of code.
Chrome for Android Gains Eddystone Beacon Smarts
Google says the latest release of Chrome for Android supports Eddystone Bluetooth beacons and can surface what's known as "physical web" content to nearby devices. Google's Eddystone beacons can now broadcast web content, such as URLs, to Android devices within range.
Google Exonerated In Java API Case vs. Oracle
A jury today decided that Google's use of 37 Java APIs constitutes "fair use" and does not infringe on Oracles copyrights. The decision caps a two-week trial that saw Oracle once again claim Google stole its Java code when first creating the Android operating system back in 2007 and 2008.
Google Open Sources Chrome for iOS
Google today said it has made an open source version of its Chrome browser for iOS available to developers. Google says today's news is the result of year's worth of work.
Ummmm... I don't think so
SUN Microsystems developed Java. Several years ago, Oracle bought SUN along with the rights to Java. But just because Oracle owns Java doesn't mean they developed it. That's pretty shoddy reporting, as anyone who knows the first thing about Java should know it was developed by SUN.
Furthermore, the notion that someone can copyright an API borders on asinine. Ask any developer who doesn't work for Oracle.