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Chief executive officer of Oracle on Tuesday admitted that the software giant wanted to enter the market of smartphones several years ago and even attempted to acquire Research in Motion and/or Palm, but decided that the two smartphone designers would not let it create a competitive mobile ecosystem.

"We explored the idea [of building a phone] and [considered buying Palm and RIM], but RIM was too expensive and Palm was not competitive enough, [after all we] decided it would be a bad idea," said Larry Ellison, chief executive officer of Oracle, during a testimony on the case against Google, reports ComputerWorld web-site.

Given Oracle's focus on enterprise software, it is hard to imagine the company building a consumer oriented mobile eco-system as well as appropriate hardware. Nonetheless, after Oracle accused Google of illegally using application programming interfaces for Java language (which Oracle obtained with Sun Microsystems) by the Android operating system, Google told that the software giant intentionally makes accusations as its own smartphone efforts had been aborted.

Companies can choose from three types of Java licenses: the open-source GNU Public License, a specification license and a commercial license. Nokia, LG and Samsung all pay for a commercial license.

"The only company I know that has not taken any of these licenses is Google," said Mr. Ellison.

Tags: Oracle, RIM, Blackberry, Palm, Google, Android, Java

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