Google will increase the hardware requirements for Android 11 and will force manufacturers to use Android Go in lower level terminals. They will be the first hardware changes in quite a few years and will also affect the Android Go lightweight version.
Smartphones are getting more and more powerful, but it is not by magic. Android and iOS offer new features, but they also require more powerful hardware that allows them to run safely on these true miniature computers.
One of the changes in hardware requirements for Android 11, the new version of the system that is being tested in beta phase and whose final version is due to arrive next fall, will affect RAM memory. All new terminals must install at least 2 Gbytes and also the new models that are marketed with Android 10, as we read in XDA-developer.
This if they want to include Google services (Google Mobile Services). The measure does not affect the medium and high range in practice because manufacturers already offer much more quantity and very soon they will reach a whopping 16 Gbytes of RAM in terminals such as the ASUS ROG Phone 3 or the Lenovo Legion.
Yes it will affect the input range because Google is making changes to the hardware of other versions. As of Android 11, all terminals that do not meet the minimum requirement of 2 Gbytes of RAM will have to use Android Go.
Android Go is a light variant Google’s mobile operating system optimized to work on entry-level smartphones to the platform, with minimum hardware of up to 512 Mbytes of RAM. It offers 30 percent boot time improvements and up to twice the storage space optimization offered by the “standard” operating system. It also has versions of light apps that cannot exceed 10 Mbytes of space and use less memory.
They have their own application store and it is a very interesting program for those looking for basic and extremely cheap terminals, from $ 50. While Android Go had been recommended for these entry-level phones, Google has never made it mandatory. Until now. If manufacturers want to use Google’s mobile services, they will have to install this version on terminals that do not include at least 2 Gbytes of RAM.
The move could raise the profile of Android Go phones as more usable and reliable devices, although it could also slightly raise prices. As for the hardware requirements for Android 11, they should not affect the industry because manufacturers already assemble much more.