If anyone didn’t see this coming, then you’ll never see anything coming: Android developers – not actual Google engineers – are upset with Oracle over the lawsuit Google called “baseless”. If you haven’t heard, Oracle’s taking their Sun banner and trying to milk it for all its monetization worth by claiming patents and copyrights within Android’s core (namely referring to Android Dalvik Virtual Machine that Google created specifically for Android).
Backlash? Of course there’s backlash. A group of Android developers – called the Silicon Valley Android Developers group – are rightfully sticking with Google throughout the case as their organizer David Cao had the following to say: “Android Will Prevail”. Many believe there could be realistic and serious implications for Android’s future if Google weren’t to settle so it’s likely they’ll be doing just that. There are a lot of parties involved with the Open Handset Alliance that simply would not be able to tolerate a fork in the side of their business due to Android being put on hold.
It’s a shame that – even after this incident – most of the regulators responsible for US patent laws still don’t see the need for patent reform. To undermine the open source community that surrounded Sun to begin with is foolish in and of itself, but what can you do? If you want Android, you have to deal with the politics that comes along with the corporate big boys’ idea that they are just as connected as the people they’re stepping on. So be unhappy, developers, because Oracle has given you every waking right to be just that.