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Samsung eliminates carrier logos on Galaxy S8 devices

As Samsung Galaxy S8 devices start to land in consumer’s hands, buyers may find one thing missing. The one thing missing will likely be received as a good thing, unlike the missing Bixby assistant features. The new devices come with no carrier logos on them.

Getting rid of the carrier logo on the front of the device was probably not a hard feat for Samsung since the front of the device is almost entirely screen real estate. That means there really is nowhere practical to slap a logo on the device. However, the backs of the devices, which are rather large, hold the potential for plenty of real estate to be used by the carriers to do some advertising.

The lack of a logo from any of the carriers suggests Samsung may have finally reached some parity with Apple – which does not allow carrier branding on their hardware – when it comes to the deals it has in place with U.S. carriers to sell the phones. This may be especially true with AT&T and Verizon since Sprint and T-Mobile are not as likely to engage in this particular form of advertising anyway. For buyers, it means enjoying the design of their new devices without being confronted by some branding from a carrier.

In case you are worried about remembering which carrier you purchased your new Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ from, there is an easy solution. Just reboot the device as each carrier did go through the trouble of modifying the start-up splash screens to include their branding and logos. Those go along with a bunch of carrier-installed apps.

via: The Verge


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.


  • http://www.bloggingtriggers.com/ MANOJ

    Good change. As a frequent traveller, it’s annoying to see different carrier logos on home screen during roaming. My carrier has no network coverage in neighboring states, so I have to roam in other carriers networks most of the times.