It seems Google has violated quite a few copyrights/patents by using Java in Android. At least that’s what Sun’s parent company, Oracle, thinks. The company filed a lawsuit against Google on Thursday at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco and is seeking a jury trial. Google included Java technology called Dalvik along with the Android OS. As per Oracle, Dalvik directly competes with Java and infringes several of its patents.
Microsoft’s much publicized Kin has its fate sealed. The company recently announced that it will no longer manufacture this new line of mobile phones. And it has been just over two months since its launch. Kin was targeted to a younger crowd and focused more on social networking and media. Obviously with the current competition from Apple and Google’s Android, it clearly didn’t have a chance and failed miserably in sales.
Only 3 years back the world’s largest social networking website, Facebook.com, didn’t quite have a definite revenue model. But today in 2010, things are completely different. The company’s 2009 revenue was almost $800m, almost all of it coming from online advertisements. Analysts believe that this amount of growth is likely to continue, and with over 500 millions users and billions of page views, this estimate sure sounds possible.
Google has confirmed that the company has recruited Palm’s webOS senior director of user experience, Matias Duarte. If you had liked Palm Pre’s UI, then let’s just say Duarte was the guy behind it. Of course this is great loss for Palm a.k.a HP, as Duarte would start his career as the new User Experience Director for Android. And this is yet another move which indicates how serious Google is about Android and its usability.
Dell has recently confirmed that the company will be launching the first production version of “Streak” in the UK, ahead of the planned launch in the US. The 5-inch Android device will be launched on June 4 with O2 being its official wireless carrier. It will also be available from Dell UK website soon later. The US launch will only be later this summer.