Android Copyright Information Guidelines for the Little Green Robot
It, he, she, is everywhere, the Little Green Robot, used as the symbol for Google’s Android™ operating system. The success of Android has seen the Android robot spread to all four corners of the world. Like most logos the robot is the result of human creativity and such creativity is protected by law. Therefore if you want to use the Little Green Robot in your product and services there are a few things to consider. Fortunately Google has liberally licensed the Android robot so the restrictions on its use are not onerous.
So here’s the Android Robot. Sometimes referred to as the Little Green Robot. The logo was created by designer Irina Blok for Google in 2007. It was made to represent the Android Operating System (OS) for the developer community but soon became the symbol for all things Android.
Surprisingly the logo was inspired by the signs for public toilets, as explained in the New York Times article Who Made That Android Logo.
Despite being referred to as the Little Green Robot it allegedly has a name, Mike. Does that make the robot male? Well robots are genderless so is male in name only.
Android Brand Guidelines
Using the Android logo robot in your product and services is made fairly clear on the Android Brand Guidelines page. It also covers using the term Android, which is a trademark, and using the custom Android typeface, as seen on android.com:
The custom Android typeface is also seen when some Android devices and AVDs boot:
This custom Android typeface cannot be used.
Using the Android Logo and Name
Here is a summary on using the Android logo and the Android name:
- The first occurrence of Android must be accompanied by the trademark symbol ™ as in Android™.
- Android cannot be used in the name of a product or service but can come after the name. Therefore Android Chess is not allow but Chess for Android is allowed.
- Android can appear before generic ideas or terms, e.g. Android devices.
- Android must appear as Android and not android, ANDROID, Androids, ANDROIDS, androids, Android’s, android’s and ANDROID’S and similar variations, e.g. mixed case. Of course it doesn’t apply if you are referring to androids and not Android, e.g. writing a story about androids.
- Abbreviating Android to just Droid is not allowed because it is a trademark of Lucasfilm, founded by George Lucas who created the Star Wars films.
- The Android custom typeface cannot be used.
- Using the Android logo, the little green robot, changing it and adapting it is allowed because of the Creative Commons Attribution license. This also prevents any modified logos from being registered as trademarks. However, the following statement must be accessible to the user, purchaser or viewer of a service, product or publication that uses the logo or images based on the logo:
“The Android robot is reproduced or modified from work created and shared by Google and used according to terms described in the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution License.”
Note the standard Android logo’s green hex color (colour) value is #A4C639.
Android SVG Image for the Little Green Robot
The Android robot graphic is available from the the Android Brand Guidelines page as a 100×117 PNG, 200×237 PNG and Adobe Illustrator file. If you need an SVG version of the logo to use in vector programs, such as Inkscape, then use our android_robot_logo.svg file.