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Oracle updates complaint against Google to highlight Android's success

John Ribeiro | Aug. 10, 2015
Oracle has included six news versions of Android and new products and services built around the operating system in a proposed supplemental complaint in its dispute over Google's use in the OS of copyrighted Java material.

77 scientists, including Vinton "Vint" Cerf, Internet pioneer and Google's chief Internet evangelist, and Ken Thompson, co-designer of the Unix operating system, submitted to the Supreme Court that the free and open use of the APIs has been both routine and essential in the computer industry since its beginning, and depended on the "sensible assumption" that APIs and other interfaces were not copyrightable.

The versions of Android proposed to be added in the supplemental complaint are Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop, which were released between December 2010 and November last year. The six releases named include about 40 major and minor releases of Android, according to the filing.

The motion also points to new areas of Android's expansion including Android Wear for wearables, Android TV, Android Auto for the automotive sector, Android in the household appliances market and the Google Play digital storefront.

Interestingly, Google is said to have agreed not to oppose the filing of the supplemental complaint in the California court, if its request for the removal of two paragraphs from the original document was met, according to the attorney filing the motion. The paragraphs were removed.

Both Oracle and Google have proposed dates next spring for the jury trial.


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