Android smartphone vendors usually manufacture their budget-friendly devices with less memory. But these fewer memory phones are going to soon become a one-time thing as Google GMS (Google Mobile Services) will no longer support 2GB RAM devices on Android 13 or later.
Recently, Google has revised the lowest hardware requirements that devices must meet to load Google Mobile Services. According to the information, this updated policy requires OEMs to bring a minimum of 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage otherwise they won’t be able to bring GMS on the device running on Android 13 or upcoming Android OSs.
At the same time, Google also requires all new Android Go devices to have at least 2GB and 16GB of storage. Although the Android Go was launched specially for devices that have less than 2GB of RAM, things are going to be changed. Even the existing devices that do not meet the requirement will not receive the Android 13 update.
Following the revised minimum hardware requirements, Android smartphone makers are forced to offer at least 2GB of RAM in addition to 16GB if internal storage if they desire to bring GMS on their devices running Android 13 or subsequently. On the other hand, Android 12 OS will still accept devices with low RAM and memory.
Small bit of news here: Google is upping the minimum hardware requirements that handheld devices must meet in order to be able to bundle GMS.
Now, all handheld devices launching with Android 13+ must have at least 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage in order to preload GMS. https://t.co/fDppuhlfoW
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) September 7, 2022
Well, this is not the first time when Google is demanding such requirements to preload GMS on low RAM devices. At the time of the Android 11 launch in 2020, the company announced a similar policy for 512MB RAM devices.
At that time too, Android OEMs were required to bring over 512MB RAM if they wanted to preload Google Mobile Services on their low-cost devices. Google specified that all phones launching with Android 11 or later must launch as an Android Go device if they offer 2GB or less RAM.