Google backs out of the popular JavaOne conference, after being a major participant for six years.
Google's pulling out of JavaOne indicates it and Oracle are not making much progress in their dispute, said IDC analyst Al Hilwa. He cited a possibility of fragmentation for Java: "It signals more serious rifts and risks for fragmenting Java. I wouldn't be surprised to see Google rebrand the Java-like language it uses for Android and stop trying to make it conform to Java at some point."
Notice the deja-vu? Isn't that exactly what Microsoft did 10 years ago?
Meanwhile, I think Redmond is the real winner here. They are probably enjoying seeing two of their most bitter competitors duke it out, but they aren't doing it from the sidelines. They even went as far to say that they wouldn't sue
if .NET somehow appeared on Android. Is that a hint to Google, or perhaps a way to look more open then Java?
Regardless, if Google does decide to switch to .NET (IMO, highly unlikely), or roll their own framework, the real loser will be Java, and maybe even Oracle.
I really think Oracle has no leverge here: Java isn't the "compelling" feature of Android. It's quite obvious to me at least that if Google would have known Oracle would throw a fit about Android, they'd simply avoid using Java in the first place - and Android would have been as successful (or even more successful) without it. They even have their own JITing VM and core libraries. Language design isn't outside of Google's expertise, they count the designers of C and Python as employees ffs.
So good luck with the injunction Oracle.