Many products such as the Amazon (NYSE: AMZN) Kindle and Apple (NYSE: AAPL) iPhone use Java’s virtual machine; however, the use of this virtual machine requires licensing fees. Oracle claims that Google created a new virtual machine called Dalvik to avoid these licensing fees in connection with the Android platform.
As far back as 2006, there were whispers that cash-rich Google might buy Sun Microsystems, Inc. Ultimately Google decided not to purchase Sun and the company was bought by Oracle for $7.4 billion in 2009.
Instead, Google decided just to develop a spin-off and save money. It was a clever move by Google, but it could now come back to bite them.
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It appears Oracle has the advantage. Last November the same team of lawyers won Oracle a $1.3 billion suit against competitor SAP.
There is no real consensus whether there is a technical advantage to Dalvik over Java. If Oracle can prove there is no technical advantage, it will be much easier to argue that Google created Dalvik simply to avoid fees.
Justin Dove is a part of the Research Team at InvestmentU.com.See more articles by Justin here.