Google seems to have decided that manufacturers should start giving Android its due and one of the ways to do it, is the inclusion of “Powered by Android” logo on the device boot-screen. The logo was first noticed in the Galaxy S5 and HTC One (M8) smartphones recently but now Android Police and Geek.com are reporting that it is indeed a compulsion from Google’s side.
Google has made “Powered by Android” logo necessary for all devices that want GMS certification, which is needed for installing Google apps and Play Store on any Android device.
Google has given explicit instructions to the Android manufacturers on ‘how to’ and ‘how not to’ put the logo as you can see in the images below.
Looks like, Google has realised that it is the only way that the consumers will know that they are buying or using an Android device as manufacturers continue to put their interfaces on top on Android, which makes Android virtually un-identifiable.