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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Did Google Just Squash Android Skins?

A post on the Google Devs site just outlined standards that Google is requiring of OEMs that use ICS on their phones. The "Halo" theme that is used on the Galaxy Nexus is now required on ICS builds. Google is not implicitly requiring the Halo theme, but those devices that do not comply with Google's wishes will find themselves locked out of the Google Market, and its 400,000 apps. That may mean that official Google apps might not be included, including Gmail and Google Maps and Google Nav, which is sure to discourage noncompliance.