Not getting enough Google in your Android diet? Your next device may help satiate your appetite.
The Information reports that Google is increasing the requirements that manufacturers must follow when making an Android device. Those changes include an increase in the number of preinstalled Google apps up to as many as 20, prominent placement of Google apps and the Google Search bar, inclusion of an “OK Google” hotrod and the presence of a Google trademark or “Powered by Android” logo at startup.
These new requirements are reportedly being applied to “dozens” of companies. Included in that bunch are HTC, Samsung, Lenovo and Huawei, among others.
While one of the perks of Android is that it allows manufacturers to customize their software and hardware with new features, sometimes those add-ons can be worse than Google’s own offerings. Those additions can also make it difficult for regular folks to seek out Google’s own services. These new requirements are an effort to Google-ize Android and ensure that more consumers get the chance to see what Google’s apps and services are all about.