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: Continue reading