Google grants Samsung an exception to Android rules for using green battery icons on the 'safe' Note 7

In case you haven't heard, the fresh-out-the-factory-floor Note 7 units that are already shipping to replace the initial batches where the battery was slightly larger than the compartment it was meant for (hence exploding), will be marked with a green battery indicator. Greenifying the battery icons will happen not only in the status bar, but everywhere it pops up, like the Always-on display mode, and the Power off screen, as you can see from Samsung's screenshots above.

Coloring all battery icons with this eco-friendly hue, however, will come via a software update later on, says Samsung in its official memo on the matter, but that little tidbit is tucked in the small print after the announcement, with no asterisk referring to it in the text itself. What could be the reason for that clarification on the hush-hush?

Well, it turned out that altering the battery indicator coloring actually violates Android's Compatibility Definition document, which mandates a lot of the user interface design basics for devices that want to be licensed for shipping with Google apps on board. One of these requirements is that the status bar icons are in white, so that its translucent background doesn't mean they'd clash with a background in a similar color. The Play Store app header is green, for instance, so Samsung's future green battery indicator for the new Note 7 batches could simply drown there and become almost invisible.

Luckily, it seems that Google has granted Samsung an exception to the rules, given the emergency of the situation, provided that Samsung places a white border around the green battery indicator, so that it doesn't merge with some similar coloring underneath it to the point of invisibility, like often happened before Google introduced these basic requirements. Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer himself - the Senior Vice President in charge of Android, Chrome OS, and the Google Play store - took to Twitter to clarify that Google has returned the icon change plans submitted by Samsung with the stamp "approved," as long as they comply with the white border requirement, so there you have it.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

OMG android going to a closed system

2. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Lol, do you know difference between open vs closed system at the first place?

4. Link2Twenty

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Anyone can ship android on any device, but if you want google play services and the play store you have to play by their rules. Which kinda makes sense it has their name on it so it's their reputation on the line.

7. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

Android has effectively been a closed system for years. Almost all of the functionality in an 'Android' phone that make them competitive today is developed and owned by Google, and they have strict requirements for any manufacturer to include those features.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's a kind favor from Big G!

5. Obádárà

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6. spinz

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

How big is the battery that replaced it to make it safer since it says the original battery was slightly larger than the compartment?

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