Give credit where credit is due, so goes the saying. It seems even Google wants that.
Devices that have access to the Google Play Store will need to adhere to the purported strict rule of the company: put the attribution "Powered by Android" when mobile screen devices boot up.
Earlier reports said if this rule were true, then many mobile owners will be seeing the logo and name of the operating system of Google. Allegedly, this has been enforced through the latest license of Google Mobile Services.
However, Geek.com has confirmed recently that it got final word on it.
"We've received additional information that confirms that this mandate is now a part of the Google Mobile Services agreement for new Android phones. This logo placement has its own separate set of guidelines from Google, and must be present in order for manufacturers to gain access to the Google Play Store on new devices," Geek.com wrote.
When we say Google Mobile Services, it includes services such as Google Drive, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Play Store and You Tube.
Same goes with talks that such branding has been claimed to be part of the agreement of Google Play Services, which obligates default positioning as well as Google Apps availability on said mobile devices.
Try booting up new HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 phone devices, for instance. Those who've tried said the new attribution appears on the bottom of the screen, along with the classic Android logo. The classic logo used to be the boot animation on the screen of HTC G1, an original Android phone. Though it remains unclear, too, as to the frequency of the attribution popping up on the screens.
Those who've tried the HTC One M8 said the logo appears only once, which is the first time you turn it on. After which, the HTC logo remains by itself. This might still be on the works between Google and the mobile device companies. Others said the logo seems to be missing from the Verizon version of the HTC One M8.
Word on this attribution logo issue came up after reporters who attended the M8's launch earlier this week saw it popped up on the screen of the phone. It has also been said Google sent a document to Android manufacturers stating the attribution logo must be given fitting clear space taking up no less than 40 percent of the screen's width.
Sometime early this year, a supposed internal memo has been leaked and acquired by MobileBloom.
"Starting February 2014, Google will no longer approve GMS distribution on new Android products that ship older platform releases. Each platform release will have a 'GMS approval window' that typically closes nine months after the next Android platform release is publicly available," the memo says.