I've never liked Java as a language, so I might not have the most neutral opinion on it. Java was hyped as being "the next big thing" for a long while, so there are lots of people and companies that have invested time and money in Java programming skills. Android programs are all written in Java (running in the Dalvik virtual machine), so it is unlikely to go away easily. You can track the programming language trends here: http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/ ... index.html
. We can but hope that Java, Flash, and other such horrible languages go away eventually.