From Android 11 devices with 2 GB of RAM or less will need to have Android Go. Otherwise, they cannot be certified to receive Google services. Until now, Android GO has been aimed at devices with 1 GB or less of RAM, but now Google has increased these certification requirements. If manufacturers want the mobile to include Android in its standard version, they will have to introduce at least 3 GB of RAM.

This movement is relevant at the market level, because it will have consequences for some of the main Android manufacturers such as Xiaomi, Samsung or Huawei, among many others, who have in their catalog Recent terminals with 2 GB of RAM. If they want to continue in this line from Android 11, they will have to certify fairly sophisticated proposals at the software level, with Android Go.

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Google will force a change of strategy for brands like Xiaomi, Huawei or Samsung

Google has increased the requirements to certify its services. All mobiles with 2 GB of RAM or less will have to be launched with Android Go, and those with 512 MB of RAM will not be certified. If 512 MB of RAM seems absurd to us in 2020, there are recent terminals like the Wiko Sunny3 or the BLU Advance L5 with this amount of memory. The ban starts with Android 11, so devices that are already on the market are not affected.

Finding phones with 2 GB of RAM is still common in 2020. If manufacturers still want to use that amount, they will have to use a much more limited version of Android.

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Regarding 2 GB of RAM, are still a regular at the entry level. Without going any further, Xiaomi launched just a few weeks ago the Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C, inexpensive mobiles below 100 euros at the exchange rate that RAM sacrifices to adjust the price. Likewise, companies like Samsung have very recent devices like the Samsung Galaxy A11, which start with 2 GB of RAM. As they pointed out some time ago from Xataka Android, Android Go has become the perfect excuse to lower hardware into the entry-level range, which Google wants to start changing. Currently, according to GSMarena, there are 67 mobiles with 2 GB of RAM, launched between 2019 and 2020.

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This type of phone must be supplied with Android Go from Android 11, or may not be certified with Google services. This movement imposes a major change of strategy on manufacturers who wish to continue selling very cheap entry mobiles, because equipping them with Android Go, a very powerful version of Android, may not be interesting in certain alternatives (in particular at Xiaomi, where MIUI is a purchasing mainstay for many users).

Source : Engadget