Google Abandons Oracle Java for OpenJDK

The legal battle between Google and Oracle over Java APIs just took a new turn—and it could be good news for developers.

Google has opted to use OpenJDK, the open-source APIs for Java, in its new version of Android, VentureBeat reports. That’s a change from current versions, which are based on Oracle’s proprietary Java Development Kit.

“As an open-source platform, Android is built upon the collaboration of the open-source community,” VentureBeat quotes a Google spokesperson as saying. “We look forward to making even more contributions to the OpenJDK project in the future.”

The move comes in the wake of a copyright dispute between Oracle and Google that’s several years old. Oracle sued the search-engine giant in 2010, claiming copyright infringement for Google’s use of the Java APIs. Google has argued that it’s impossible to copyright APIs—they’re key to innovation, and therefore a public good—and that even if they are copyrighted, the fair use doctrine protects their use. The case is still making its way through the courts.

In the meantime, Android N developers can now look forward to a simpler app development process based on a common codebase for Java.

But as VentureBeat points out, the final outcome of the case could have implications far more wide-ranging than Google’s changes to Android. If tech companies are allowed to tightly control the use of APIs, it could have a chilling effect on software development.

We deliver solutions that accelerate the value of Azure.

Ready to experience the full power of Microsoft Azure?

Start Today

Newsroom Home

Stay Connected

Upcoming Events

All Events