HTC M8 One and Galaxy S5 already comply with new guidelines
Android’s customizability is one major reason why the open source mobile OS has managed to endear itself to vendors and users galore. But don’t be misled into believing that Google has granted vendors a carte blanche. There are certain rules smartphone makers need to play by if they want their users to be able to access certain Google-developed stock apps considered integral to the whole Android experience.
Enshrined in its Mobile Services agreement, these rules aren’t something Google likes to talk about publicly. Nevertheless, it is now being reported that Google has updated the guidelines to add a new requirement. According to reports, all new Android devices are now required to display the words “powered by Android” at the time of boot up. In fact, devices like the recently released HTC M8 One and the upcoming Galaxy S5 already meet this requirement.
“The Android Bootup logotype is always given appropriate clear space in creative. Limited space and media size require slight variations in clear space requirements,” read the leaked guidelines. “The Android Bootup logo should always be at the bottom of the screen horizontally centered.”