Samsung’s Note 7 Green Battery Violates Android Guidelines, Google Gives OK
Samsung has started the Note 7 recall program worldwide, and one way to differentiate the old models from the safe ones is a software update that turns the battery icon in the status bar to green.
And it all makes sense at the first glance, but not if you’re asking Google. The Mountain View-based search giant has strict Android guidelines, which it details in the Android Compatibility Definition Document and where it requires companies that install Android on their devices to keep status bar icons white. Not blue, not red, not yellow, and obviously, not green, but white.
Here’s an excerpt from these guidelines where Google makes it clear that icons that show up in the status bar need to be anything but green:
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