Google is going to launch Android 11 and tell about Android 11 Supported Devices. However, back in 2017 Google announced the Android Go edition for low-end devices and phones. But it was not the requirement for entry-level phones. However, things are going to be different this time.
In recent times, a leaked or pirated version of the Android 11 Go edition Device Configuration Guide came into the light. This leak went public on April 24, 2020. Android 11 launch date is yet to be known. So, as per leaked document details, minimum RAM of 2GB is required for Android Go version. Furthermore, Android 11 will require the following features,
Android 11 Compatible Devices
- Devices and phones with 512 RAM are not compatible with Android 11.
- However, if newly launching devices have less than 2GB RAM and have Android 10 version, must return true for Activity Manager is low RAM device. So, these devices must be launched as Android Go devices.
- Previously available devices with 2GB RAM will not require conversion to the Android Go configuration. They will not require modification via MRs or letter upgrades. Hence, these devices will remain standard Android 11 devices.
- This implies that all new devices coming in the fourth quarter of 2020 and having less than 2GB RAM will use the Android Go version
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So, these requirements for compatibility will change the perception of low-end devices. Android 11 GMS (Google Mobile Services) will not be compatible with low-end devices. Consequently, many devices will remain out if race and lose value. Furthermore, it is quite possible that OEMs will cease the manufacturing of these devices. However, the Android Go edition will work more efficiently on 1GB or 2GB RAM devices.