2016-02-11

Android dumps its custom Dalvik & ART VM in favor of the orginal Java VM & JDK

Basically, Google is going to replace the code Oracle has an issue with. It will now use Oracle's own OpenJDK, which Oracle makes available to everyone, for free, under the GPL. The Oracle v. Google fight will continue for old versions of Android, but for Android N and above, it really seems like Google is in the clear. However, as Google goes on to state in the document, "any damages claim associated with the new versions expressly licensed by Oracle under OpenJDK would require a separate analysis of damages from earlier releases." Google is essentially telling Oracle that if you want to sue over this new version, the damages are going to be a lot lower—and it might take a new lawsuit.