Google to make Android Go Edition a requirement for all new devices launching with 2GB RAM or less


Google is planning to make Android Go edition required for Android smartphones having less than 2GB of RAM

If you are an Android Fan then you must be aware of the upcoming Android 11 features and changes. But do you know as the Android versions are getting higher so is the RAM consumption of an Android Smartphone is getting higher. Why it happens is because of the new rich features that are introduced to a newer Android version requires more memory to run on the smartphone.

As you all know that not all Android Smartphones have RAM of more than 4GB so it becomes difficult for an Android Smartphone with fewer than 2GB of RAM to handle the new updates. Google had introduced a Go edition of Android back in 2017 that was installed on the Android Smartphones that have less than 1GB of RAM. According to the growing technology, Google is now planning to make Android Go edition required for Android smartphones having less than 2GB of RAM.

What is Android Go Edition?

Android Go, also known as Android Go Edition, is a version of Android distribution designed for low-end and ultra-budget smartphones, first made available for Android Oreo. It is intended for smartphones with 2 GB of RAM or less.

This mode has platform optimizations designed to reduce mobile data usage (including enabling Data Saver mode by default), and a special suite of Google Mobile Services designed to be less resource- and bandwidth-intensive. Google Play Services was also modularized to reduce its memory footprint. The Google Play Store will highlight lighter apps suited for these devices.

According to a report by XDA Developers shared excerpts from a leaked copy of the Android 11 Go edition Device Configuration Guide. Dated April 24, 2020, the guide revealed several new requirements that Google may put in place.

The document says that starting the fourth quarter of 2020, all new Android 10 or Android 11 products launched with 2GB RAM or less must launch as an Android Go device. It also pointed out that starting with Android 11, any device with 512MB RAM (including upgrades) won’t qualify for preloading Google Mobile Services (GMS). Lastly, it said that any device already launched with 2GB RAM in regular Google apps can’t convert to Android Go configuration.

As mentioned before, Google’s Android Go was originally intended for devices with less than 1GB of RAM, but it wasn’t required for OEMs to implement. The introduction of Android Go devices with 2GB of RAM is actually somewhat new as well.

As the document comes in the form of a leak source, Google has yet to confirm the change. XDA Developers suggests that the leaked document is possibly outdated, and Google may already have retracted the above requirements.

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