HTC One powered by Android

If you're buying a new HTC One today, you'll know you're getting an Android phone

Well how about that. Just like Samsung's Galaxy S5, the new HTC One (M8) includes a "powered by Android" message when you first switch it on. The actual "Android" logo appears a little smaller than on the GS5, but nevertheless it's prominent and very noticeable each time you power the device on. Chances are if you're buying a new HTC One today, you'll know you're getting an Android phone.

With the two biggest Android handsets of the year now displaying Google's Android branding at startup — likely at the company's behest — this appears to be something of a trend for new high-end Androids. And we'll be watching with interest to see whether future flagships from the likes of Sony, LG and Motorola also tell buyers they're "powered by Android."

 

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New HTC One includes 'powered by Android' branding

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I'm glad that Google is doing this because there are a ton of people who aren't into this stuff as much as we are who have no idea what android is. They're like: Android?? Well I know it's Galaxy phone! They're going for mind shares now that they have the market shares.

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I agree. Yesterday at work I had a guy ask me if the phone I had was a Note. I told him it was, it's my favorite Android phone. He said " But it's a Galaxy". That's why they need that on the screen. If Samsung does try to switch to Tizen, a lot of consumers wouldn't know the difference.
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Samsung will soon include powered by Tizen cause they want to be unique and make their own ecosystem.

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Lol.. Silly man

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That's Good news for Google. Lots of people I know think Google's only purpose is for search and Gmail. At least people will finally know what Android really is and not just the manufacturer branding on their phone.
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Nothing wrong with it tbh. iirc the north american version of the galaxy s5 has this as well
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I have a feeling this move is mainly for ignorant consumers to be less confused about what their phone runs. I can imagine somebody looking at my M7 and asking, "Oh, is that a new phone? Did you get the Galaxy or the Droid?"

Presumably this was part of Google's big agreement with Samsung to reduce their overload of Android with Samsunginess, and therefore the move has to apply to their competitors as well. A bit more focus on the fact that this phone is, indeed, the result of Android and not merely Samsung or HTC's own work.

Wonder if this is mandatory, cant be a coincidence that both htc and Samsung are doing it.

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New?

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On every Android phone, new or old. People need to understand what makes their phone work.

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