Over time, Android has become something that the average consumer doesn’t know about. They might even own an Android device, but they still call it a Galaxy or maybe an HTC. This is because OEMs want their products to be different. Google doesn’t have a problem with these companies changing Android, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to be recognized. Now though, Google is going to require these manufacturers to explicitly say to their customers that they now own an Android.
Now if a manufacturer wants to use Google’s services, they need to display the message “Powered By Android” on their boot up screen. Reported on by Geek.com and Android Police, this new requirement comes via Google’s latest GMS (Google Mobile Services) policy. The guidelines uncovered by Android Police show what OEMs need to do with these logos. Devices such as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 already show these new logos. Also this doesn’t apply just to newer devices but also older devices that are being updated.
Do you think Google is going about this right? Should OEMs be forced into displaying this logo or should they not need too. Also do you think there was a better way to do this? Let us know your opinions in the comments below.