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Google wants manufacturers to use Android in their products, and the company has no problem with them theming the software up all they want, as long as they adhere to a few ground rules. Going forward, explicitly mentioning that their devices are powered by Android will be one of them. How? By explicitly placing the words "powered by Android" at the bottom of bootup screens.

As first reported by Geek.com, Google is enforcing this via the latest Google Mobile Services license that manufacturers must abide by in order to ship devices with access to the Play Store or Google's suite of first-party apps. We've come across confirmation. The guidelines below don't explicitly mention that the logo is mandated, but our source has confirmed to us that it is. We've reached out to Google, but the company has refused to comment.

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Update: Here's another image that further details the placement requirements.

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You can see the new logo on the Galaxy S5 in this hands-on video below.

The HTC One M8 also has this logo, though it's mysteriously missing from the Verizon version of the device. It looks like someone didn't get the memo.

This change shouldn't just apply to new devices. Those currently on the market should start displaying the logo after receiving any future OTAs. We'll have to wait and see, as updates currently going out had their code frozen a long time ago, too soon to implement the change.

This is one way to get average consumers to recognize that they're using an Android device. Though, given how rarely people have to restart their devices these days, it remains to be seen how much effect this will have. Still, we'll get behind anything that cuts down on how often people refer to all Android devices as Droids, Samsungs, or Galaxies.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • markgbe

    i like this idea.

    • Severo Rivera

      Its a great idea. Can you believe some people I know don't know what Android is?

      • Mayoo

        Can you believe people think Galaxy is better than Android? Can you believe people think Nexus, Android and Google are three distinct companies? Can you believe I can fly? Can you believe I can touch the sky?

        • supremekizzle

          I think about it every night and day.

          • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

            Spread my wings and fly away

          • supremekizzle

            I believe I can soar.

          • Guest

            Spread my wings and fly away.

          • someone755

            C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!!!!

        • Chris Crosby

          I see me running through that open door.

        • Shanda

          I believe I can fly! Sorry, couldn't resist chiming in today. ;)

          • João Deiró

            I can fly!

        • n0th1ng_r3al

          "Oh is that a new Droid? Uh...it's a Nexus. Oh its a droid."

          • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

            Yeah, that kills me too... One guy actually told me the Motorola Droid was the first Android phone. Every phone there on is a "Droid."

        • cabbieBot

          then reality takes a piss on you

          • castlerock611

            I see what you did there!!

        • RarestName

          Samsung is better than Android

          • Chris

            Android is better than Nexus and Samsung combined

          • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

            lol, you're funny.

          • RarestName

            Hi

        • Severo Rivera

          I can believe it!

      • morteum

        I have to ask; does it matter? Android is still overwhelmingly popular, whether users know it or not. I don't think most people really care what the name of their OS is, just so long as it does what they want.

        • Mayoo

          It matters to Google. Right now, Samsung is getting a lot of credit for Android while all they do is slow it down (my opinion). When they switch to Tizen, it will be worse. People won't know what they are dealing with.

          • Dmitri Smirnov

            But switching to Tizen will hurt Samsung's Galaxy brand (should they call new devices that) because "phhh, new Samsungs can't run my apps, must be the crappiest phone ever". People don't care about OS, they care Apps, that run on that OS. Windows RT and Phone 8 are still struggling to get anywhere for that exact reason.

          • Mayoo

            It won't hurt Samsung because users will switch from Samsung ... to ... Samsung ... I don't see your point.

      • cy_n_ic

        Obviously its a battery company

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        "I used to think that I could not go on" .....

      • Eric James Salcido

        I seen a local ad selling "Android, iPad and Galaxy Tablets"

      • numpty

        Sure. I also believe most of them couldn't care less, nor should they have to.

    • ash

      I like the android logo. Also earlier phones if I remember correctly cup cakes used to display this logo

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    The general public is so ignorant on what an OS is to hardware this may help google become "branded." I find this idea helpful for both salespeople and google as a whole.

    Customer: "I don't want an iphone."
    Sales: "That's great, we have a lot of phones that aren't android. Samsung, HTC, and LG are all great brands."
    Customer: "I want a google phone."
    Sales: "They are powered by android, which made by google."
    Customer: "But I don't want a droid."
    Sales: "$%&@ OFF"

    • SSDROiD

      I fail to see the joke? (sorry, but I simply don't see what's funny)

    • Joshua Wise

      I worked at Best Buy for a short time. This by far was the most difficult thing to deal with, and not just because of my obvious loyalty to Android and all things Google.

      People failing to understand and listen is just frustrating, most often people would request the 'Google Tablet I saw on TV' - The Nexus 7, when I explain the device and they find it runs Android, they seem to think there is some other Google Tablet that doesn't utilize Android as the OS. Almost always these people purchase an iPad or iPad Mini.

      • Ryan

        Sounds like they're wanting the Galaxy devices, those are really the only tablets I see advertised on TV anymore. Rarely might I find an actual Google commercial for a Nexus device.. but god damn those are so rare here its not even funny.

  • vwbeetlvr

    I read a statistic that some crazy percentage of people who used android thought they had an iPhone.

    • bydavidrosen

      Yep. I've heard people refer to their Android phone as a "knockoff iPhone" ... Ughhh...

      • Oskya

        All Android phones should have "with Google" written on back cover.. It's more awesome than a fruit logo

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          "With Google"? Ugh, that's the worst option possible. I wouldn't stand seeing that on my Nexus 4.

          Having a Google logo on the same place but powered by android somewhere in the bottom (like right under LG logo) is a better way though

    • vwbeetlvr

      Maybe they should rename google play to android google play or Google Android play...

      • Phil Oakley

        The main reason they changed the name from 'Android Market' to 'Google Play' was to emphasise that the content is for the whole Google ecosystem, not just Android.

      • AbbyZFresh

        Happened yesterday at the Verizon store. One person was checking out the Note 3 and she asked me what the iPhone does and why is it so big and leathery. I didn't know how to react.

        • Epic Tea

          jaw on the ground.......wow......just wow....

          You know what else is bad. I have talked to people that actually think every time you buy a new android device you have to repurchase alll your movies, music and apps, then i told them as long as you use the same email and log into that there is no reason you shouldn't still have all your purchases, just as if you used icloud email, same thing.

          they became speechless realizing they just repaid for crap they didn't have to......

          It's amazing how ignorant society is, wether your a tech person or not there is no excuse, with all the information on the internet available to your finger tips no reason you shouldn't be able to do a little research. People have no common sense.

      • Dmitri Smirnov

        Except it's not just for android now, movies, books, music, all that stuff is system-agnostic.

        • vwbeetlvr

          I know it's not just for android... But you need to stuff it down people's throats somehow, and I would think something like Android phone, or Android messaging, or Android internet could be that way.

          • Dmitri Smirnov

            Stuff what down people's throat? Android? Well, I'm pretty sure it's right where it needs to be. What google wants now is to be recognised in smartphone market. People know they by PC with Windows opsystem, not just Dell, HP or Samsung, google wants the same for smartphones.

            When it's about cramming stuff down people's throat - look at G+ and it's methods of increasing adoption.

        • John Smith

          I don't like "Play" because there's stuff in there that isn't gaming. To me, "Play" means "Gaming"

          • SSDROiD

            Play also means "start", you know. "Play Music" is a great name-equivalency to "Start Music"

          • Chris Lambert

            Play Books... not so good.

          • SSDROiD

            OK, fine, Books is a blind spot XD I still think the name suits, though, but feel free to disagree :)

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Also Play Newsstand

          • Epic Tea

            makes me wish they sold audio books.

          • Josh

            didn't microsoft do something with start...Start me up..

          • Leonardo Baez

            so you dont play music or movies?

          • Mozaik

            No , i listen to music and watch movies.

          • marcusmarcus2

            How do you listen to music or watch a movie unless you first start playing the music or movie? Or do you just watch the movie files sitting on your phone screen or listen to the silence of the music file?

          • PoisonApple31

            Oh, you physically need someone to hit "play" for you to listen to music and to watch movies. You're special. :)

          • Michael

            You've never played a song or a movie?

            Edit: My phone cut the comments right at your post so I didn't know that people had already replied to you.

          • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

            You can play movies and music.

      • Robert Alex Kibler

        Or "Android Market." Too soon?

        • Phil Oakley

          Can't tell if you're being serious, but anything with 'Android really isn't going to work when you think Play is on the web and iOS as well as Android.

  • bydavidrosen

    Maybe people won't say they have a "Samsung" or a "Droid" anymore... ughhh...

    • Mayoo

      Like they don't say Bluetooth when they talk about a headset? Keep dreaming. The whole cell phone business is based on people's ignorance.

    • RarestName

      pls help my Samsung isn't working

      • bydavidrosen

        "So tell me, do they make Words With Friends for Samsungs?"

        • PoisonApple31

          "So tell me, do they make Words With Friends for my 4S?" "No, I don't have an iPhone, it's a Galaxy."

          • bydavidrosen

            That is super convoluted haha. And I know tons of people with various models of iPhone and they all refer to them as an iPhone, not a 4s or whatever. It's only with Android phones that people seem to use brand names or even worse "Droid"

    • PoisonApple31

      I love my "Android" phone. Oh which Android phone do you have? I'd rather them just say the brand name so I can start narrowing it down, rather than play 20 questions.

      • bydavidrosen

        Most things you really just need to know if its Android or iOS. Whether a certain game will work, how to find settings, how to change the wallpaper without being there. Just tell me if it's Android. For all I know their "Samsung" could be a flip phone.

  • Tim Gueusquin

    I wonder if this applies to Nexus devices

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      I would imagine it won't, especially since Nexus devices display Google's logo but I guess they could swap that for this one.

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

        But the lovely animations!!! (Nexus one had the best boot screen)

  • Deepansh Khurana

    Great Idea, if you ask me. I really think this is a good move by Google.

    • AbbyZFresh

      If anything. This will now make people more paranoid about what phones they but. We all know how their data collection practices will scare them away.

      • IrishSid

        You don't know much about the general consumer then.

      • PoisonApple31

        LMAO! Sarcasm right?

  • http://www.umzgames.com/ Umezeyi Sule

    Don't see why this wasn't there in the first place. General public won't know anything not explicitly stated.

  • Zargh

    Makes sense, how else would regular people know that stuff like the upcoming "Android Wear" is applicable to them if they don't even know they have an Android device?

  • AbbyZFresh

    So will we need to call every Android phone a Google phone from now on? I thought it was open source and given away.

    So I might as well call my Samsung Note 3 a Google Note 3 right?

    • Deepansh Khurana

      When does it say 'Google' anywhere. It says 'Android' which is true anyway. I don't get why you're so paranoid.

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

        But now we know it is Android they can eat our souls!!! It's so much scarier now than when it was Android but some people didn't know ;-)

        • Deepansh Khurana

          I agree but still, the word, 'Google' would always show on a Nexus Device and a Nexus Device only. AbbyZFresh is getting paranoid for no reason. It doesn't say anywhere that a Samsung phone is a Google phone lol. :D

          • http://about.me/jovanphilip Van

            He's another troll. Similar to that Richard Yarell fellow though not nearly as confused and ignorant.

          • Deepansh Khurana

            Me?

          • http://about.me/jovanphilip Van

            No, AbbyZFresh.

          • Deepansh Khurana

            Aha! Though Richard is one hell of a famous guy, I guess. :D

          • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

            Imfamous.

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com ScottColbert

      Too early for that much stupid.

    • Richard Yarrell

      It's really Samsung throwing Google a bone. Samsung is android always has been since May 2011 Google will never change that.

      • Phil Oakley

        But the bit Google 'care' about is Google Play, which is 100% Google. It's essentially the bit that matters.

      • Josh Hirner

        always has been since may 2011 (ironcially the date i'm sure you bought your first samsung android device so it automatically makes it the best)? three years isnt always ... its as dumb sounding as when i say 65% of the time you're a wannabe all the time ... android's first device went consumer in 08 ... so halfway into its present lifespan samsung finally made a good product that sold and has been living off of it since

    • firesoul453

      What?

  • moelsen8

    i wish google would bitchslap verizon once and for all

    • AbbyZFresh

      Google can buy Verizon right now if they want. Though it won't be easy a task to do. It would be heaven if they did and lower the data prices. It will do good for their Fiber service too.

      • Kidney_Thief

        Google has a ton of bankroll, but they could definitely not snatch up Verizon free and clear. T-Mobile, potentially, but not Verizon.

        • Sorian

          Plus, FCC and FTC would have a field day...till they find that it doesn't make them a monopoly.

          • Kidney_Thief

            I think the FCC would be amenable to it, especially if it means Sprint doesn't buy T-Mobile. Can you imagine a carrier where you can get a Nexus phone for the actual retail price, no waiting necessary? Of course, Google would actually have to advertize that they make phones first.

          • drksilenc

            u mean tmobile? i walked into their store and bought a n5 exactly like that...

          • Kidney_Thief

            I'm talking about for the same price that Google sells them for in the Play store, not the $100 mark up that T-Mobile charges.

          • Chad Vincent

            You'll be happy to know that T-Mobile is now only marking it up $47. Forward progress.

          • clay

            i think you mean anti trust, not monopoly.

      • Epic Tea

        actually i heard rumors their future plan is to offer no contract service for super cheap or free, kind of like google fiber, but thats years down the road apparently.

      • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

        can google buy verizon so that it can shut down the CDMA network? CDMA needs to die, the world is on GSM (regardless of HSPA or LTE)....time for america to kill that CDMA dinosaur...

    • YodaRocks

      As much as I would love that happen, Verizon is particularly hard bitch to slap. She is just too powerful, so powerful that in the past Google had to lick her feet. (Read: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2010/08/consumer-advocates-protest-proposed-google-verizon-internet-partnership/1#.UzXsKPldWSo)

  • Richard Yarrell

    Like this really matters Google is stuck on stupid just like that crappy Kitkat 4,4,2 update.

    Everybody already knows who owns android and that is Samsung period. At the end of the day NOBODY buys crappy Nexus handsets.

    Powered by Android doesn't mean shit.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

      Wow... Just wow...

      • AbbyZFresh

        quick response.

      • SSDROiD

        I think it's so brave of Richard Yarrell to post such a message stating his full name! He stands up for his own (ignorant) opinion. I like that about trolls! :D

    • Deepansh Khurana

      Oh, hi Richard, I see you have come here to spread more ruin about Android and Google from those petty Google Plus Communities. Care to unblock me now on G+? Because last time it was your fault and even today you are wrong. :P

      I must say though, you have made a name for yourself. Everybody knows Richard Yarrell, the troll!

      • Richard Yarrell

        The KING OF TROLLING THE INTERNET. I see you are using a new name now where is that crappy picture.

        • Deepansh Khurana

          As if you're any handsome anyway and lol, new name? It IS my name. :D Trolled so many that you don't even remember? Great! Goodbye. Burn Troll Burn!

        • Satan’s Taint

          Shouldn't you be screwing a football monkey boy?

    • http://www.scottcolbert.com ScottColbert

      Says the guy who thought Sprint and the Evo 3D were the best things ever. Douche.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Good ole scottie where is your girlfriend Squiddy20 is he kissing you.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

      "Samsung is android always has been since May 2011 Google will never change that"
      Out of interest who do you think makes Android?

      • Deepansh Khurana

        Ignore him man, he's the biggest troll you would find on Android Communities. That and the biggest loser fanboy who has no idea about what he's saying.

        • Richard Yarrell

          Thanks Deepthroat Kuntrana

          • Deepansh Khurana

            Seriously? That's the best you can do? Ok. Congratulations sir. You are awarded the biggest piece of the fuck I never gave. :D

          • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

            Deepthroat is a compliment if anything, good old x-files

          • Deepansh Khurana

            When you point that out, yeah! :D

          • ash

            This matches with your photo richard, just black it up.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Google is a joke now it's time for rules why is that because Samsung products dominate the android platform and Google doesn't like it.

        Oh well to bad no Samsung means the android platform turns into BlackBerry period

    • Michael

      You sir are an idiot.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Great prop you use for a picture.

        • Rubin

          Hello, SamShill. Take a trip down to /r/androidcirclejerk

    • Guest

      ..

    • http://about.me/jovanphilip Van

      I'm completely convinced this is a troll account. Well played.

      • Simon Belmont

        Richard has been the bane of comment sections for years now. Samsung cheerleader extraordinaire.

        He loves to pop up and go on a Samsung boosting campaign, no matter how farfetched his claims may be. Sad but true.

        • Richard Yarrell

          You sound comically stupid actually. Samsung doesn't need me to boost any campaign for them.

          They already own 65% of the android platform as well as the entire Global market.

          • Simon Belmont

            You seem crass and uncredible when you resort to slinging invective insults at me and other people like a young child at the playground. I'm just going on past experience with your posts, but I don't call you rude names.

            Most are a lot of fluff not backed up by realistic data. Go crawl back under your rock, Richard.

          • cabbieBot

            perhaps he is just frustrated that he ended up working at a non-profit because he couldn't hack it in the security industry?

          • Satan’s Taint

            If I get you some fried chicken and watermelon would you go away?

          • Josh Hirner

            that number's been going down dick ... a month ago you were say 7/10 android devices were from samsung ... now its 65% ... at what number are you going to jump ship like you did with htc?

    • Simon Belmont

      Seriously? You used this article as a springboard to boost Samsung, Richard? You're losing your touch, man. At least use it in the right context.

      By the way, I'm replying to you on my Nexus 5, that I bought on day one. LOTS of people buy Nexus devices and love them.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Google is just like Motorola great with FUZZY NUMBERS but never tell the truth. How many Nexus 5 's actually sold??

        When they don't tell upfront then know the figures are low. Lg sold more G2's than google did Nexus 5's that's for sure.

        Motorola and Google =Flop

        • Simon Belmont

          Samsung's numbers are no better. They're usually just the amount sold to stores or other sales outlets and not the actual amount sold to consumers. Am I denying that Samsung moves a lot of hardware? No, and I've never said that, so I don't even know why you're bringing that up.

          Google has gone on record indicating that sales of the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Chromecast have exceeded their expectations. As for the LG claim, LG did a huge media advertising blitz, and Google hasn't advertised the Nexus 5 on television at all as far as I know and it's still selling strongly.

        • Sorian

          "Lg sold more G2's than google did Nexus 5's that's for sure."

          And you would know this because....?

        • saf1927

          We shall send Samsung back to their pre-Android era when they still produced shitty feature phones, right?

    • Ty

      You disappoint me. Nexus all the way.

    • supremekizzle

      Fucking Richard goddamn Yarrell.... You singlehandedly give Android fans a bad name. I guess your lucky that disqus no longer shows downvotes...

      • Richard Yarrell

        You look great suprekizzle fake name goes well with this fake picture of you.

        This picture actually might be to good for you really.

        • supremekizzle

          Are you proud to showcase your real name and picture on the internet? I sure as hell wouldn't if I were you.

          • cabbieBot

            do you really think its his real name or pic? *commence internet stalking*

          • cabbieBot

            welp, not too hard to find him or where he works, he's real...good lord.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. He is.

            He's definitely brazen for using his real name and picture. Haha.

        • Scott

          The irony is strong with this post.

    • flosserelli

      And neither does your opinion.

    • Jaime

      I love Samsung and Android, but you make me feel ashamed. Stop making us look bad.

  • kma

    Probably reasonable... but THAT LOGO design? Ar we still in nineties?

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Awesome news.

    Hopefully this'll help reduce the confusion among the less techy about what their device is actually running.

    "My Galaxy Droid"? NEIN! "Android".

  • Jeffery Keel

    This is a great move on Google's part, like others have already said. The one comment I have in regards to this though is the logo. Why does Google insist on keeping this ugly thing alive? Roboto, anyone? Hello?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

      Not sure Roboto will be that great for a logo

      • David Jones

        I've always thought Roboto Slab could work quite well though...

        • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

          Just played with the Roboto fonts they have on their website I think Roboto lite is the best one for a logo but even then it just looks like a word not a brand

      • Eli Shirk

        I think it would look better in all lowercase with Roboto Slab Regular.

  • epsiblivion

    not unreasonable. every windows computer shows the windows logo at bootup

    • Sorian

      ...Till you turn it off.

  • brkshr

    anyone know where to get a vector format or even the font they used? I'm sure it's probably custom designed, but I want to make some stickers here.

    • Eli Shirk
      • brkshr

        Thanks. I was trying to get some more official vector logos &/or fonts used. I have the "android" font from dafont. I still need the "powered by" font, though I'm guessing it's just a roboto font. I pretty much have it down right now, just wondering if there was anything official out there.

        • Eli Shirk

          99.9% Sure it's Roboto Light for the "powered by". Sorry nothing official that I've stumbled upon yet.

  • am

    It looks to me that this is a response to whatever nokia is doing with android so people won't get confused. Is it windows or is it android.

    • jared Rooprai

      nokia doesnt have to display the android logo because they dont have GMS certification. Same thing with Amazon android products, they dont have to display this logo either.

      • Zargh

        Plus they don't even have a choice in the matter, the logo is a Google trademark which has to be explicitly licensed.

  • Roh_Mish

    I think they are adding clutter to already cluttered bootscreen. I like what Google does with nexus line. (Wish the logo would be even smaller).

  • saf1927

    Then again, this will only help people know the phone is powered by Android. I'm pretty sure 3/4 of them won't know what Android is regardless and what Google's role is.

    • Cj

      Their reasoning may be as simple as that, to let people know that the phone is powered by Android.
      There were many times where is answered a question about a phone with "an Android device" and some people don't understand. They say, "you mean Samsung?" So, while they don't need to know what Android is they should be aware of the OS simply by name recognition... it's an Android device... powered by Android

  • Yuku Sugianto

    The minimum height from the top of "powered by" to the bottom of "android" of 20dp is actually very small. 160dp is one inch, so 20dp is only 1/8 inches. The document says "20dp or 0.6 inches" which seems inconsistent.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I am still waiting on something from Google that will push OEMs to properly update their devices right after the release of a new android version unless they want to get kicked out of Google Play

  • imlip

    They should have updated the logo. looks ugly.

    • cabbieBot

      i think its badass. its been the same since 1.0 right?

      • Jadephyre

        Yup, and it has a timeless quality to it!

        • cabbieBot

          agreed

  • cy_n_ic

    Amazing! I had no idea my phone had an android battery lol

  • Adrián Ayllón

    "We've reached out to Google, but the company has refused to comment."
    As usual in Google...

  • giriz

    Why not something like:

    "Powered by Google's Android"
    OR
    "Powered by Google and Android"

    Because, Kindle is also powered by Android, Nokia X is also powered by Android. Lot of Chinese/KIRF devices are also powered by Android (AOSP). IMHO if Google wants to enforce this, the least they should do is remind them that this is Google's version of Android.

    • Cj

      I don't believe it's a matter of promoting Google's name to that extend but simply to broaden the awareness of Android as a whole.

      • giriz

        Kindle and Nokia X also use Android but has no Google in their ecosystem. What I suggested was to help people understand the difference between Google Android and non-Google Android.

        Otherwise, people will be like "ok Kindle and Nokia runs Android, that's good enough for me".

        • Michael

          But since neither of them will have this logo I would bet most consumers won't know that it is Android since they are so different.

    • h4rr4r

      The Kindle, nor the Nokia X nor the off brand devices will do this.
      They use AOSP, these branding requirements only impact those who want certification and access to the play market.

      • giriz

        What ? When did I say Amazon or Nokia has to do this.
        Read my comment again.

        • h4rr4r

          Sorry I misunderstood.

  • Indianajonze

    oooh i want! where is it on nexus 5? kind of amusing nexus devices dont get it 1st. then again, is it necessary on nexus devices?

    • Robert F

      It may be different since it is Google phone but I think this is only mandated for phones that aren't released yet. Phones that have already been released won't get it.

    • JG

      I doubt Google will go through all the trouble of launching an OTA just to tweak the boot animation. Especially since they'll likely be pushing a 4.4.3 update in a couple months. No need to confuse users with several updates at the same time when you can just lump them into one.

      That being said, I could possibly see them launch an app similar to Motorola's Boot Service app, which could allow the app to modify the animation itself, which could be cool as it would allow Google to possibly treat the boot animation similar to their logo doodles...

  • Josh

    I talk to people who have issues with their windows devices. They have no idea if they are using XP, 7/8/ME. I have to have them dig just to get me an answer.

    • JG

      I know what operating system I'm running... Gateway...
      (*sometimes I just love working IT)

  • YellowSmileY

    Finally Samsung will be forced to give credit to their maker.

    • PoisonApple31

      It says Powered By Android not Apple.

      • YellowSmileY

        If it wasn't for Samsung Apple wouldn't have the parts for your overpriced iCrap. Go back to ur cave zombie.

        • PoisonApple31

          I'm a Note 3 owner, you idiot. Lighten up.

  • Zieen

    This branding isn't the only thing missing from the Verizon M8. Gotta love Verizon's ability to impair mobile technology.

    • EH101

      What else is missing? Serious question. (I'm reconsidering the device)

  • remister

    I remember this branding from back in the days of the G1.

    • someone755

      This sort of shows up if you delete your boot animation zip (root required tho).

  • someone755

    Am I the only one here that actually likes this?
    Not because of any legal stuff or anything, I just like the design of it.

    • remister

      They should make an "Android Inside" one also.

      • kekkojoker90

        Intel trademark? LOL

  • alfuen00

    LOVE the idea for branding ANDROID in any powered device by it, kudos for Google and their marketing approach

  • primalxconvoy

    In Japan, because the carriers are so currupt/have so much power, nearly ALL phones have the carrier's logo at the top of the phone (where the manufacturer's name should be). Thus, most Japanese refer to their Android phone as a "Docomo/AU/Softbank" phone.

  • John A

    I like that.

  • Jaocagomez

    What about Nexus Devices and Motorola?

  • Stoner

    I like that too. The 'android' with this special font looks great. I am looking for such a button for my car:-) And I think that is the least a manufacturer can do, while using this great OS for free!

  • My1

    wanting it to come out with already existent devices is almost futile coz of the update problems of the manufaturers