Hey Larry, can you sue Google for me? -Steve Jobs

We've been hearing about this messy legal battle between tech giants Oracle and Google all week long. It started when Oracle filed a patent and copyright lawsuit against Google for allegedly infringing Java-related intellectual property in developing Android operating system. I'll skip the more technical details regarding the lawsuit as they have already been published on various news sites and blogs. But if you want to be further enlightened, you may read this and this.

I've read several comments as to the main reason behind the lawsuit and most of them point to Oracle being greedy and wanted Google and others who have benefited from using Android to pay a huge some of money or royalty. Although I partly agree that Oracle is the evil party here and wanted to bring in more money out of Java any way they can, I'm still not convinced that it is the primary motivating factor on why they are suing Google.

Oracle knows that this is going to be a lengthy and costly legal war, and it is far from certain that they are going to win. And if ever they get lucky and win, we may see the end of Java and Android so it would still be Oracle's loss in one way or another. The backlash from the open-source software community is also expected, which can already felt by now so it’s bad PR for Oracle. So, why did they took the risk and went on to sue Google?

The mastermind here could be the greedy Steve Jobs. He may have convinced his BFF (best friend forever) Oracle CEO and founder Larry Ellison to sue Google after knowing Android is now eclipsing the iPhone in smartphone sales. Never underestimate the convincing power of Jobs.

Steve Jobs loves his iPhone so dearly and he is so obsessed with it that he will do everything he can to crush its competitors. And the main competitor at the moment is any Android-powered phone. Earlier this year, you may remember that Apple sued HTC Corp., Google's key partner in the mobile phone market and manufacturer of Nexus One.

Steve's new baby, the iPad, is also competing head-to-head with Android-powered tablet computers. So imagine how much Jobs hates Android at the moment.

This may sound like conspiracy theory but I think Steve has greatly influenced (probably using reality distortion field or whatever) his best friend Larry on making Oracle sue Google. It is as simple as that.

What do you think?


  1. You do have a point. Oracle founder Larry Ellison is not a greedy man. In fact, he is a member of "The Giving Pledge" campaign which Steve Jobs isn't.

  2. Steve Jobs wants to nom nom all the competition!

  3. SHUN ORACLE!! Google should make an official announcement, it will be a long term cost for them... they should gradually switch to Openjdk and extend what is missing in a way that is not patent encumbered.. it would strengthen the bonds between FOSS and Google, and shock Oracle who have played bad with Sun and forced them into a business model that they would never pursue this is probably the reason they bought sun in the first place who opened up java with openjdk in 06 opensourced star office and benefited from that too... good companies are good companies and I have always looked up to Sun and Google. I dont know the pattents that have been effected and how they complain that it takes advantage of java patents but they should move to openjdk anyway just to shock the shit and poo out of oracle.

  4. Apple could easily compete in this area. For years they've been both a hardware and software company. They make OSX operating system, but the only hardware you can (legally) run that on is a Macintosh. iPhone is the same thing, they make iOS, it can only run on one platform. Very limiting. Android will be just like Windows and surpass iPhone within the next few years. Android has a slew of different manufacturers, all of them giving Android their own tweeks and modifications. So an HTC and Samsung Android phone will be different, which means Android will appeal to a larger audience.

    Apple needs to allow others to license it's iphone iOS. THere needs to be other manufacturers that can build their own iphone. Apple should still built it's iphone because I think they make some cool phones. This would give them more competition, but at the same time how much money could they make off the App Store and iTunes?

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