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Android Maker : Java is our primary foundation

In an interview given to Cnet, ex-Danger and now, Google's director of Mobile Platforms, Andy Rubin expanded over the plans of Google to dominate the world of mobile phones, the same way Windows conquered the desktop.

Rubin also came clear regarding the fact that Java will be the primary foundation for the Android platform.

Whether this will be enough to quash Sun's fear about Google's Android remains to be seen.

Java's creator (opens in new tab) is worried that Google might cause a maligned fracture within the Java community to occur ... like Microsoft's attempt nearly a decade ago.

Rubin also gave more technical details about the Android SDK. It is 250kb in size and will require 32MB of RAM, 32MB of flash memory and a 200MHz capable processor which is roughly what a five year old PDA could provide.

Google Mobile Supremo did not exclude the idea that Android could one day power laptops (like the Asus EEE or the OLPC) and has dismissed fears that Google would monopolise Android to funnel its own adverts.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.