Google adjusts its hardware requirements upwards

Google adjusts its hardware requirements upwards

Google had not really communicated on this topic, but Android experts have noticed the information. To include Google-specific core apps for Android 13, smartphones will now have to meet specific specifications.

To take advantage GSM (Google Mobile Services), these important applications such as Search, Chrome, YouTube, Play, Gmail, Drive or Google Maps, smartphones must have at least 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. This is a blow to low-end device manufacturers, who will no longer be able to save money on this type of component in the future, but above all to the unlucky Android users who will have to use Android Go. .

These restrictions do not only apply to future smartphones, as according to Jason Bayton, an expert consultant in Android, current smartphone owners will also have to justify 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of minimum storage to switch to Tiramisu, Android 13 codename.

Android 13 is not designed for minimal configuration

The performance of smartphones just keeps going, and all the manufacturers want to follow the trend by preparing their devices in the best possible way. A large number of smartphones sold in France will be able to benefit from the Android 13 update. Low-end smartphones do not support the latest operating systems. Two years ago, the limitation to enjoy Android 11 and especially the use of GMS was 512 MB of RAM. On its website, Google notes that 80% of entry-level smartphones run on Android Go and that no less than 16,000 models offer 2 GB or less RAM. Therefore, it is mainly the inhabitants of southern countries who will be deprived of Tiramisu.

As part of the new features offered by Android 13, it should be noted that NearbyShare has been confirmed. This feature lets you share files (whether photos, videos, or even entire folders) between nearby Android phones, tablets, and other Chromebooks with a single tap. Internet connection will not even be necessary, as the system will use Wifi, Bluetooth or even NFC.

Source: XDA Developers