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The arrival of Android 11, the new major update to Android, could have an impact on new entry-level smartphones. According to a document retrieved by XDA Developers titled "Configuration guide for 11 GB Android devices", Google plans to impose the installation of the light version of Android on phones equipped with 2 GB of RAM or less.

Since the launch of Android Go in 2017, the Mountain View firm has left the choice to smartphone manufacturers whether or not to install this less resource-intensive version on their entry-level devices. Until now, Google recommended installing this version on devices with 1 GB of RAM or less.

A new standard

To push manufacturers to adopt this OS, Google launched lighter versions of its applications. Despite this, smartphone makers seem to have shunned the light operating system. With great ills, great remedies, according to the document retrieved by XDA Developers, Google warns manufacturers that “all new products launched with Android 11, if they have 2 GB of RAM or less, must […] be launched as a Android Go device ”.

Android smartphones will now all carry more than 2 GB of RAM - Geeko

This policy will also apply to smartphones launched under Android 10 from the fourth quarter of 2020. Google also indicates that entry-level telephones must imperatively carry at least 512 MB of RAM, otherwise they will not be able to take advantage of Google Mobile Services (Chrome, YouTube, Maps) or the Play Store.

This change should have beneficial effects for future new owners of entry-level smartphones since the OS Go, less greedy, will allow a smoother experience than with Android 10 or 11, particularly heavy OS.

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