Mar 28 AT 2:51 PM Dima Aryeh 16 Comments

Google now requires “Powered by Android” logo on boot screen

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If you’ve seen the coverage on the all new HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S5, you may have noticed something intersting about the boot animation. Both devices display a new “Powered by Android” logo at the bottom of the boot screen, something not seen so far in any device. But apparently, this is a new requirement by Google that manufacturers must meet to sell devices with the Android operating system.

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The latest version of the Google Mobile Services license states that manufacturers have to add this logo to sell the device with the full suite of Google apps. Google has released some documentation on how to implement the logo into a boot animation, though it seems manufacturers have already been adding it for a while now (hence all of the HTC Ones with it installed already being sold).

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This doesn’t just apply to new devices, either. If a company is to release an update to an older device, this logo will have to be added. Luckily, it’s a very easy modification and won’t delay updates whatsoever. But you may see this logo appear on your current device soon enough. What do you think of this logo? Is it fair for Google to demand it, or is it unnecessary and ugly? Leave a comment!

Via: Android Police

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • ranwanimator

    Honestly they should have done this a long time ago. It would have helped brand recognition and the whole “Play” moniker could have been avoided.

    • Itechyard

      Blackberry or Android, Which one do you think is better & click the link and tell us why?

    • Richard Yarrell

      Means nothing of any true significance in the real world. Powered by android means nothing to people who want the products they want. Samsung owns 65% of the android platform since May 2011 as well as the Global market share.

      Powered by android means diddly squat honestly cause without Samsung android is Blackberry. 7 out of 10 purchased android handsets are Samsung products.

      • Jordon

        Without Android Samsung wouldn’t be as successful as it has. Two way street.

  • isi

    .i. google -_-

  • Andres

    Just to be clear, this for those using Google Mobile Services with the full suite of google apps (play store, etc), right? In other words, Amazon Kindle is not required, which I would have thought to be the biggest coup by Google :-)

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  • Jimmie Burns

    I don’t have a problem with it.

  • nidou

    Does this even required for Sony Xperia smartphones?

    It looks nice thou!

  • CTown

    That;s pretty smart of Google to do that. My guess is that Google wants a way to make sure an OEM cannot switch to another OS without users noticing.

    For example there is a rumor that is going around that one day Samsung will switch their flagship OS of choice to TouchWiz on Tizen which will look just like TouchWiz on Android. This way, the change will have to be noticed. Though, there is always the fact that Samsung cannot load Google Mobile Services (Gapps) on a non-Android phone though I have seen people buy the most ridiculous knock-offs thinking they were getting an “iPhone”.

  • Steven

    Of course it’s fair. Ironically I dont see it on the Nexus 5

  • donger

    Nice one Google.

  • Tom Parkinson

    So devices like Nokia X and Kindle Fire HD won’t be required to do this

  • Itechyard

    Blackberry or Android, Which one do you think is better & click the link and tell us why?

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