Is Google’s move to an open source version of Oracle’s Java Development Kit for upcoming Android OS development a way for the company to hedge its bets as its legal battle with Oracle continues to wind through the courts?
Google is changing the Java APIs in Android from current proprietary ones to the OpenJDK set. The OpenJDK APIs are the open source version of Oracle’s Java Development Kit (JDK).
News of this was first broken by an Android commit that looked “mysterious,” according to a thread on Ycombinator. The commit documents that it was first written in February 2015, and committed in November.