Android ‘important not critical’ to Google

Android ‘important not critical’ to Google

Google chief executive took the stand yesterday in a federal courtroom to answer questions about his role in a copyright dispute.

In his time answering questions, Mr Page shocked onlookers by revealing that Google's Android operating system was "important" to the firm but not "critical" to its operations.

This was a surprising stance, as the internet giant has been putting a great deal of effort into the mobile software and recently bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.

The deal for the handset maker included a host of patents relating to mobile phones which could be used to defend Google from rivals such as Apple and Microsoft.

Mr Page also revealed that it created its own smartphone software seven years ago, as the technology at the time made it difficult for consumers to use its online services on mobile phones.

Oracle is alleging that Google's Android system is built on the back of its intellectual property.

Larry Ellison, the boss at Oracle, accused Android of being a "cheap knock-off".