Android Go may become a must-have for all new devices launching with up to 2GB RAM

Android Go or Android Go Edition is a specially designed version of Android for low-end and high-budgeted smartphones with low specifications. It was initially released in 2017.

However, recently, the Android 11 Go Edition’s configuration guide got leaked, and as per sources, the news is that Google is thinking to make Android Go a mandatory requirement for all the new launching devices with 2GB RAM or less. As per the report by XDA Developers, some blurbs from the leaked Android 11 Go Edition Device Configuration Guide suggest that Google is most likely going to implement this change from the fourth quarter of the year 2020. All the devices with new Android 10 or 11 configuration and products that have a RAM of 1GB to 2GB maximum will be launched as an Android Go device only. However, any device that has already been launched with 2GB of RAM with any of the regular Google applications will not be able to convert its configuration to Android Go.

This report also mentioned another change that Google is bringing in from the fourth quarter of 2020 and it is that from Android 11 onwards, any device having a 512 MB of RAM will not be able to preload Google Mobile Services (GMS), even if it includes upgrades.

XDA Developers also think that this document that was leaked in April 2020 has probably become outdated and Google may even have reviewed its decision to bring these changes by now. It will not be a surprise if they even decide to retract the above requirements from the new launching devices. All these are speculations based on a leaked document and Google itself has not come up with any official announcement.

But even if Google implements these changes, it will not be a bad idea. The devices will perform better and faster than before with Android Go, now that their RAM limit has been maximized up to 2GB. And on the other hand, there is also a chance that the manufacturers will design new devices with 3GB or more of RAM to keep the normal, standardized Android configuration, rather than converting it to Android Go.

So far, nothing can be said with absolute clarity and surety because as mentioned above, Google has not released any official statement regarding this matter. Let us wait and see what happens in the fourth quarter of this year, and how our future devices will turn out to be?


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