We were all pushing for Android to get away without a scratch from the legal onslaught it has been enduring, but that unfortunately hasn’t looked like the case. Google’s latest move in their case against Oracle suggests that they are looking to make a settlement in the near future. The company has filed legal papers for a stay yesterday, arguing to put the case on hold to reexamine the charges. According to the filing, Google is looking to narrow the scope of Oracle’s claim and decrease the damages that Oracle is looking to acquire. Google is hoping this would make it ”more likely that the parties could reach an informal resolution of the matter.”
As of right now Oracle is looking for $2.6 billion in damages, which has put Android in a tough spot already. Android manufacturers are facing similar infringement problems, facing patent fees and damages. This is only causing some manufacturers to waiver in using Android as their device’s OS. It looks like Google is starting to defend all parties involved in these legal battles, but the first thing they need to do is finish up their own issues.
So, Google may be admitting some fault by settling in to this case. It probably means more money will be given away in other lawsuits in the future. What it hopefully means, though, is that Google is done sitting in the background and is ready to get the issues resolved. The quicker it happens, the less chance there will be that manufacturers lose faith in the company, and in our favorite OS.