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Google has granted a special exception to Samsung for the new Note 7’s green battery icon

Now that the Galaxy Note 7 replacement program is well and truly underway, Samsung has detailed how you will be able to identify new units which feature safe batteries. The new Galaxy Note 7 units have a green battery icon that’s displayed in three separate locations which quickly lets the user know that they have a safe device. However, a report suggests that Samsung’s decision to change the color of this system status icon violates Google’s Android compatibility guidelines.

All manufacturers who make Android-powered devices must comply with the Android Compatibility Definition Document which aside from hardware and security also covers interface design. The Themes section of this document lays down the law: “Android device implementations MUST use white for system status icons (such as signal strength and battery level) and notifications issued by the system.”

Previously leaked documents have suggested that Google tests all OEM software updates to ensure compatibility with the document before they’re allowed to be released so one would think that Google would shoot down Samsung’s green battery icon for violating the compatibility requirements. That’s not the case, though. Google’s SVP of Android, Chrome OS and Google Play Hiroshi Lockheimer has confirmed via Twitter that “given extraordinary circumstances” Samsung has been granted a special exception and that they have ensured compatibility with the document by applying a white border around the green battery icon in the new Galaxy Note 7.

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viniciusrsouza
viniciusrsouza

Call me crazy, but I just gave up buying this thing. Green battery icon both on status bar and always on display is simply ridiculous. Not enough with TouchWiz bloat and ugly design, we also now must have green icons, disturbing stock theme?! They should put a verification code to be entered in dial pad to show whoever is interested, but should never destroy it’s already messed up Android design!

mariomateop
mariomateop

Also forgot to mention no black square on my box? anyone know anything?

mariomateop
mariomateop

I got my replacement also but no green Icons anywhere and now the always on display
does not have image option wtf?

JamesDiman
JamesDiman

I got my replacement Note7 yesterday, and the box has the black square on it, and the Samsung+ app said my device is safe, but I do not have the green battery icon nor the green battery on the power screen.

Per Samsung news site..
*Battery icons’ color of the new Galaxy Note7 will be changed to green after Software update.

I looked for an update to the SW after I got my phone, and there is no update at this time.

bobbylechat
bobbylechat

i agree, this measure is useless and can be overwritten by the installation of a firmware via odin….

mantaka
mantaka

It just stupid, now I wont be able to use stock theme because of this shit.