Google found guilty of Java API infringement; new devices emerge at CTIA 2012

by Kristen Nicole

Google was found guilty for infringing on Oracle’s Java API copyrights, but U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who’s presiding over the case, said that Oracle won’t get the $1 billion in damages it seeks from Google at this point. This is because the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on whether or not Android’s use of Java is protected under “fair use.”

The San Francisco jury, in deliberation since last Thursday, found that Google did infringe Oracle’s copyrights for programming tools and nine lines of code. And for those nine lines, Oracle’s damages amount to no more than $150,000. “There has been zero finding of liability on copyright, the issue of fair use is still in play,” Alsup said. He’s ordered the patent phase of the court case to begin today, and the matter of damages will be taken up by the jury in the final part of the eight-week trial.

More Android 4.0 and LTE at CTIA 2012

It’s a small victory for Android in the Oracle case, but Google’s mobile OS is winning at CTIA this year. Expect to see more Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and LTE devices hitting the market in the coming months, as thousands gather in New Orleans to see the latest developments in the consumer mobile space. Kyocera is already building buzz around its new Hydro and Rise handsets, both running ICS.

The Japanese company debuted the two entry-level devices with ICS on board, making a big appeal to buyers looking to get an ICS smarthphone at a reasonable price. The Hydro sports a 3.5-inch HVGA display with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8655 processor, clocked at 1GHz. It also comes with 512MB of RAM and is waterproof. The Rise has similar specs with a slideout QWERTY keyboard. Both the Hydro and the Rise come with “Tissue Conduction” audio technology to enhance voice calls.

As far as LTE devices go, carriers are betting big on Android handsets designed to run on their speedy networks. The HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE has rounded out Verizon’s ICS roster, boasting several features similar to the new One X and One S. It has a 4-inch Super LCD panel screen, runs ICS and uses HTC’s Sense 4.0 interface. Under the hood you’ll find 1GB of RAM and a 1.2-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Pricing has not yet been disclosed but it’s expected to hit Verizon stores in the coming weeks, likely for $199.99 with a two-year contract.