I’m sure that someone must have asked this before, but I couldn’t find it if they did. I now have a Nexus 6 and a Pixel with /e/ installed. Both phones still show a Google logo when started from power off. This displays for a short time until replaced by the bouncing “e”.
Why does this happen? Is the G logo screen driven by hardware, or was it a decision by Lineage to show the phone manufacturer’s logo at startup? Or is it part of the firmware that can’t be replaced – in which case, does anyone know what else that part of the firmware does? Is it possible that it contacts G in some way?
In a related matter, do we think that there could be HARDware in the phones that somehow contacts G? Or perhaps it does not matter, because our carriers are probably sharing everything with G anyway? “IMEI xxxx, connected to phone number yyyyyy is communicating with Tower 53 at this time sending z Mb of data to this destination”, etc.
I wonder the same thing about Motorola phones, since G bought Moto some years ago.
Motorola’s smartphone division was acquired by Lenovo a couple of years after Google had it. Back in 2014.
For many devices the boot logo can be replaced. Via fastboot or by flashing a zip. Just check or search for your device. For one of my Motos the custom logos are flashable. There’s even an app for it. Got a nice dark custom one. Also serves to hide any your-device-is-unlocked type of screen.
Some versions of TWRP can backup/restore the logo. Just in case.