This is sure to ruffle the hardcore Android open-source supporters, but this should only be seen as a firm hand that Google will raise, to give its brand some actual credit, where credit is due.
What I’m talking about exactly is the inclusion of “Powered by Android” in the bootscreen (when you turn on the phone after it’s completely turned off). HTC seems to be the first to include it with the new One M8, meaning that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 — which in its debut press conference, did not mention Android at all — will undoubtedly include it.
How does any tech publication know this? Because of a manufactures wishes to include Google services on an Android phone (the Play Store, for example), they will be required to include the stamp; no exceptions.