Powered by Android

A nice scoop from Geek.com's Russell Holly today, who confirmed what became was apparent after both the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 booted up with "Powered by Android" displayed prominently on the splash screen. Those who like to pick nits have long pointed out whenever a manufacturer doesn't bother to mention their Android phone uses Android.

Holly notes and provides a doc from the Google Mobile services agreement that the logo's required at boot, and "should always be at the bottom of the screen horizontally centered." So get used to it.

Source: Geek.com

 
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dcdttu says:

Wonder if it's required on a Nexus device....?

NamelessStar says:

That's exactly what I was wondering, not sure if it will show up for tablets like my Nexus 7 either.

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SEAJeff says:

Since Google doesn't need to sign its own mobile services agreement for devices it helps design and sell, I doubt they will /have/ to... but some uniformity is certainly not a bad thing.

LucyLucid says:

I don't really think that Nexus devices need it because most people who purchase Nexus devices are tech geeks like us, I think.

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NamelessStar says:

I would have thought so as well, but with carriers stocking it like here in canada normal users do tend to pick it up now and than.

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ajpri says:

That was my question. And would the Google logo splash screen be sufficient?

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LucyLucid says:

"Nice android phone!" "No, it's a Google Nexus phone"

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eahinrichsen says:

Wait, which kneejerk reaction am I supposed to have here? The "yeah Google, stick it to those shitty OEMs" one, or the "OH GREAT, ANOTHER LOGO" one?

ya3goub says:

I love logos

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Phd210 says:

I love lamp

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VAVA Mk2 says:

Do you really love lamp or are you looking at stuff in the room and saying you love them?

Sent from my Nexus 5 :-D

unixpsycho says:

You know very well those Nexus-or-nothing sheep will be saying the former.

benthe1 says:

Do you have an issue with it besides that you have to see it for 2 seconds one in a while?

Neither. Its a splash screen that you'll only see when rebooting and you shouldn't need to do that too often.

kctony says:

Funny and +1. Don't choose. How about take either position depending on your mood at that moment Android pops up for all of 2 seconds.

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Ikeman90 says:

personlly I dont mind a logo on the startup screen tho. I've met a few people who didnt realize their galaxy phone was android, so my guess is thats the motive

PramodCOB says:

That's fair!!!

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Stang68 says:

I actually think this is great. Now those regular folk with Galaxys will realize they use Android.

...with TouchWiz *shudder*

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thegrants82 says:

So true.....

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Haha yes! No more "hey that's a nice android phone!" "Ummm no its a Samsung..." Facesmack.

Phd210 says:

+1

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blackbyrd says:

I asked a girl what type of phone she had recently....She told me it was the HTC Samsung. I said there was no such thing as those were two different companies. She said she was sure that's what it was. I asked to see the phone. It was a Nokia Windows device of some sort. She said, Oh that's right, Windows! Really, I think it is just we who know about these things. It's just seems commonplace to us b/c we're always on these sites

Maybe it is common place for us. But if I am about to spend $500+ on something whether it is up front or over 2 years, I am going to sure as hell know the name of it.

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someguy01234 says:

lol

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vividrich says:

If it's over two years they likely have no idea they're spending $500. They think they're spending 50 or 100. That will change now with the hidden subsidies starting to go away.....

vividrich says:

Yeah I can totally see this happening; doesn't surprise me a bit. I also think a large percentage of people never discover half of what their phone can do. I see it all the time with desktop Office apps people use for work all the time; why would it be any different with their mobile device....

I like that one I tried a Samsung Galaxy Ring before, and my friend asked what kind of phone I said a Samsung and he yelled at me and said it's a Android!!!

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still1 says:

haha true, thats very true

It should be like that...

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crxssi says:

This is a good thing. Consumers should know what OS their devices run.

Of course, what it should REALLY say is:

"Powered by Android Linux"

LeroyRJR says:

+1000

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NickLippert says:

I like how it says powered by, let's you know it's based on Android with something on top.

LucyLucid says:

No, it should say Powered by Android Linux Unix. Cause Linux is a modified version of Unix.

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sremick says:

No it's not. Linux is a work-alike (well, work-similar) OS written from the ground-up that feels somewhat like Unix and can run many Unix apps if the source code is available compiled for that flavor of Linux.

Many Unix purists could spend a massive amount of time outlining all the ways that Linux works quite differently than Unix, revealing its alternate development origins.

Just because you can "ls" doesn't mean you've got a "version of Unix". Linux has no actual lineage from Unix. If Unix DNA is what you'd like, go FreeBSD.

iowabeakster says:

--edit, Agree with above^^, meant as response to LucyLucid.

Very technically it should say Powered by The Android distribution of GNU/Linux

And by the way GNU means "GNU's Not Unix". It isn't a modified Unix. It was/is completely built from scratch. And at this date, is vastly more versatile and powerful, and has surpassed Unix in every conceivable way.

To say that Linux is a modified Unix, is simply a public demonstration that a person is as uninformed as you could possibly be on the subject.

Akshay Sihag says:

What about Moto G ?

thNoz says:

Man...they barely left any room for the Verizon logo!

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vividrich says:

I've heard the Verizon One doesn’t have it. Not sure if this is true.

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rstout76 says:

It's not on mine.

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Crooke356 says:

Not on mine either. I wouldn't think a carrier would want to veto something like this..not a big deal. As far as I can tell, it wouldn't effect squat. Just tries to remind consumers the OEM didn't do everything.

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Sdheller106 says:

Completely agree...VZW well probably make the OEM add "on Verizon wireless" the have their lte splash

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MarkSeven says:

It should've always been like that.. A shame Google had to "force" it.

jtc276 says:

*ring ring*
*Sundar Pichai answers his phone*
Sundar: Hello?
Dennis Woodside: Hey, what's up Sundar? How's the ole' Android train chugging along?
*Sundar sighs*
Sundar: Uh, great, Dennis.
Dennis: Oh, well, I just had a question about this whole "Powered by Android" thing.
Sundar: And?
Dennis: Does Motorola have to do it since we're like basically stock anyway?
Sundar: Uh, are your phones Nexus devices?
Dennis: What...um, no?
Sundar: Then, yeah. You have to do it.
Dennis: Wait, Sundar. Don't be like that. We were so close!
Sundar: Man, you have to stop doing this. You can't keep calling me every day asking new questions about Android. You're Lenovo's problem now.
Dennis: Sundar, no, wait!
*click*

Zig261 says:

Well screw Sundar and Google for selling off Dennis and Motorola like that. It's over for these guys now that China has them.

The only thing to look foward to now from Motorola after the X2 are cheap 99-cent store grade material phones with the next update coming in 2019. Thanks a lot Google for breaking off a potential company.

ACADM says:

So much stupid.

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dcjose48 says:

Dennis Woodside is with Dropbox now isn't he?

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sweetypie31 says:

So people don't know what OS they have when they buy a phone? I have minimal knowledge of techie stuff ,but I at least know what OS I have on my phone.

You best believe it. I know plenty of people that don't know. However, most of them don't even care.

wezi427 says:

Exactly

"How'd you get the beans above the frank?"

ejraney says:

Yes there are a lot of people that do not know what OS they actually have. Girl at work bought a S4 around Christmas, after having an iPhone. I made the comment that it was good to see her giving Android a shot. Her response.... Um NO its not Android, it's a Galaxy from Samsung.

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sweetypie31 says:

lol Oh wow. I guess I'm around more people who know than not.

jackwagon06 says:

Same here.....I will definitely lolz if I hear that tho......

NamelessStar says:

Lmao same response everyone gives me, I'm in IT and hand out new devices don't even bother with it anymore.

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neonworm says:

I don't know why, but whenever something like that happens, I get really mad.

Phd210 says:

*facepalm*

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BldyIdt says:

Well, before the smartphone era, most people didn't know what OS was running on their phones, so it shouldn't be that surprising that they keep this habit. It's funny though... Or sad

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LeroyRJR says:

Everything has logos,, just about all electronics have logo startup screens,, it should be expected

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Jamaar White says:

No more hearing "Do you have iOS or Samsung"...

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I wouldn't count on that. Considering most people only reboot their phones if the battery dies or they absolutely have too.

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deeb215 says:

At least it's not another logo on the device...yet.

OMG! If they would just FORCE OEMs to use stock Android, this wouldn't be necessary!
- An Android 1 percenter.

OMG! Another LOGO!
- A rare Androider who reboots daily.

Who cares?
- Everyone else.

NoYankees44 says:

If they did that, Android would have died long ago...

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The detection of sarcasm is weak in this one.

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kctony says:

If every OEM ran stock then the bare knuckle fights between htc and Samsung fans wouldn't exist. Face it, we love to see guys on these forums defending the honor reputations of their phones like they're standing up for their significant others...

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I like it :)

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DrWu says:

Is not on the Verizon HTC One (M8).

Mobius360 says:

This should have been 4.4.3

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Dizfunctions says:

Definitely a good idea. Consumers should know what OS their phone runs on so they're not confused when using different layouts of Android.

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almarsh78 says:

I thought my phone was powered by the battery...technology must be getting better!

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anth-w-m says:

Don't see what all the fuss is all about

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bluesun3030 says:

I wouldn't be surprised to see this addition on the Nexus 5 bootloader on 4.4.3 or 4.5 (most probable introduction).

anonymously says:

Google is probably requiring that because of the Nokia X.

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But Nokia X also uses Android :-[

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WoooooSH!

Like super dooper "woooooosh".

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Another sign that the Nexus series is gonna die soon :cries: :-(

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No.

Really I would love to hear how you make that connection.

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LucyLucid says:

What.

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I wonder if that is coming to LG G2?

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Mobius360 says:

The T-Mobile Kit Kat update did not have this. Maybe in a future update though.

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We know that knock code is coming so when we get the update for that it could be packaged in. But I am guessing Google isn't requiring this for existing phones and most likely if Google isn't requiring it the OEMs won't do it.

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dplane says:

Sounds like something partially intended to reel in Sammy s ambitions a bit.

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meyerweb says:

Seriously, who cares? This is a non-storey, with no real impact on anything.

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wezi427 says:

Really? Ask some people that have a Samsung device. They don't realize that their device runs Android. So, I would say it's important.

"How'd you get the beans above the frank?"

jcg5862 says:

Agreed. Who cares? Techno - geeks, yep. Most everyone else, nope. As long as their phone works, they're happy and this proves it. A phone is a tool designed to perform certain tasks and if it does so to someone's satisfaction, great. More important things to worry about than whether or not folks know what version of android or even if it is android.

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wezi427 says:

Then why go to a site like this for Android news?

"How'd you get the beans above the frank?"

xlDeMoNiClx says:

Well Russell Holly has to get attention somehow. Lol

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jd914 says:

this should have been done ages ago. Maybe now we won't have dummies referring to an android device as "Droid"

This won't stop that. As long as Verizons "droid" line exists people will still call them that. Even after that maybe.

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pheatton says:

Funny thing, my M8 doesn't have that on the boot screen...

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D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

I could get used to this.

Notajediyet says:

To be fair, Motorola really muddied the water when they named their line of phones "Droid". There are still some people who think those two things are synonyms.

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TheNexusMan says:

Verizon.

TheNexusMan says:

Good

I'm not sure with what to feel with this one. On one hand, Google gets proper credit (as well as a platform for essentially free advertising) for their work with Android. Another, to snuff out ignorance of the general public - you primarily buy a Samsung Galaxy phone because it runs Android OS, not 'Galaxy OS' or 'TouchWiz OS' - true story. Then again, why compel manufacturers to brand their devices as 'Powered by Android?'

I mean, Lorinser, Brabus, (German car tuners) and the like modify Mercedes cars, but Mercedes doesn't require them to say 'Powered by Mercedes-Benz (AMG)' when they market them. People buy these modified Mercs because they are primarily... modified Mercs, not necessarily because they're Mercs. (The point is, people buy HTC's and Samsung's in droves because of how they made Android work to their wanting, not necessarily because it runs Android. Why would Google insist only now on doing this?)

thatguy97 says:

This totally bothers me because I shut down and boot up my phone all the time

(Sarcasm)

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This is the least of my worries in regards to google/Android. I have no problem or issue with them showing its powered by Android. Part of me just wish we could replace the boot logo like you once could.

butane87 says:

I'm thinking this stems from Samsung dabbling with Tizen. Google doesn't want you to confuse the 2.

Quasar says:

It's good to see this. People need to be informed because if they buy an Android phone and start investing in apps and other Google services, they need to know that these things will continued to work on new devices that have the "Powered by Android" logo. It should even be posted on the information sheets that show the price and specs at the stores or on the web sites. This will not only inform customers that they are using an Android device, it will also differentiate official Google supported devices from other Android devices like the Kindles and Nokia X's, especially for compatibility reasons. So far, I've had to explain to my family and friends how Android works and why their devices are Android devices. In the future, I can just tell them to make sure the new phone they buy says "Powered by Android."

demontooth says:

As long as I can root and get rid of it. I don't need this logo taking up resources.

ACADM says:

Not sure if troll!

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Parker Clack says:

I wonder if Amazon is going to have to start displaying this when a new model of the Kindle boots up.

cordawgfrito says:

No. Amazon doesn't use Google Play or any of the other Google services. It is only for OEMs who want access to the Google Apps and services. Which again Amazon does not.

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Eddster says:

The average consumer couldn't care less. They care about the camera, being able to get their favorite apps and being able to text/call.

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ralbers1701 says:

I can't even imagine why anyone would bitch about it.

My current phone is a Motorola Atrix HD. I began reading reviews of it before I purchased it.

There were so many people whining about how the Motorola name at the top and the AT&T logo at the bottom ruined the phone.

I drive a Chrysler 300. Guess what...it has the Chrysler emblem and 300 tag on it. Those bastards!

Does the phone perform the way it's supposed to?

Get over it!

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SoCalBIGmike says:

Wow. You guys are on it. #RollsEyes

chowdog13 says:

I don't think its anything to make a deal out of. I could care less whats on the boot screen.