Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison has admitted that his company considered launching its own smartphone platform prior to filing suit against Google over the Android operating system.
Several reports cite the Oracle chief telling the court his company had considered developing a series of Java handsets which would then be resold through third-party carriers.
According to Reuters, Ellison said he had mulled over the idea of the company launching its own smartphone as well as possibly acquiring another vendor such as Research In Motion or Palm.
Oracle used a similar strategy when in 2009 the company entered the server hardware space with a $7.4bn purchase of Sun Microsystems.
Ellison's testimony comes as the two firms continue their high-profile legal battle over allegations of copyright infringement.
Oracle has accused Google of using its Java platform without permission in the Android operating system. Google, meanwhile has countered that Oracle is trying to strong-arm it into handing over revenues from its Android operations and that no infringement occurred.
While the case could bring Oracle damages as high as $1bn, the ruling could have an even wider-reaching impact in the smartphone space, where firms such as Apple, Samsung and Motorola Mobility all remain locked in copyright claims of their own related to the Android platform.
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