Android not critical to Google, says CEO in Oracle trial

The Android mobile operating system is an important part of Google’s strategy but is not “critical” to the company, according to Google CEO Larry Page. Speaking in court at Oracle’s copyright lawsuit against Google, where the firm claims that the search giant stole technology from Oracle’s Java software to build Android, Page denies the claims, saying that Google “did nothing wrong”. He adds that while Google worked with Oracle to develop a smartphone platform with Java, it was unsuccessful and the firm then opted to pursue its open-source Android platform. Page’s comments support Google’s pre-trial assertion that it made less than USD550m in revenues from Android between its launch in 2008 and the end of last year, compared to revenues of USD10.65bn in its latest quarter alone.