Google CEO Larry Page testified in a second day of trial testimony on Wednesday and during that time the company’s co-founder told those in attendance that he wasn’t sure if Android as a critical asset for Google’s future.
While Page did emphasize that Google Android was “very important” he also said that ultimately Android was a vehicle for Google services and ad spots.
According to Larry Page, Google had attempted to install its services on more than 100 phones in the past and found that its services never quite properly work with those phones, hence Google Android was born from the ashes of failed software integration attempts. In fact you may recall that Google was partnered with Apple for a short period of time as the company attempted to create the Android platform. Google at the time thought the default search position in the Safari web browser would be its strategy for mobile success.
In some cases analysts still claim that Google makes more form iOS ad revenue than it does from Google Android devices that claim has been called into question on more than one occasion.
Larry Page was testifying on behalf of Google at a time when Oracle’s Java claims have begun to focus more on technical issues over claims that Google violated the company’s copyrights and patents by using Java Code. Page however mostly provided an overview of Google’s broader policy decisions.
Do you think Google would find it hard to compete in the future if they hadn’t created the Google Android OS?