Google will prevent phones with 2GB RAM from using full Android 11

22 July 2020
Future devices with 2GB RAM or less must run Android Go, those with 512 MB won't qualify for GMS.

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Almand, 22 Jul 2020who uses android phones with less than 2gb ram? Do compani... moreyes, you will be surprised that the world is still full of people who couldn't afford smartphone
and yes companies still make smartphone with minimum spec for those in need

not everybody need the latest and greatest, as long as it works

Google prevents Android 11 performance look bad

Mohit, 22 Jul 2020I've Galaxy J7 2015 model with 1.5GB RAM as my primary... moreVideo editing? You must be using cloud services.

Tyfyh, 22 Jul 2020Bad example with 32bits. Google OS, and I mean just Android... moreWhen it comes to gaming, Android 5 did not have Vulcan API for example. So latest updates do bring in advanced tech.

Radhakrushna , 22 Jul 2020As maximum people have phones having 2 gb ram and they are ... moreI think Google is telling OEMs to make 3GB the base minimum.

Can GSMArena write an article detailing the differences between full android and Android Go. What would a consumer lose in terms of app installations and device functionality if he or she chooses Android Go device over full Android?

Almand, 22 Jul 2020who uses android phones with less than 2gb ram? Do compani... morePeople who are not used to normal smartphones, particularly golden citizens, or people who are only using one or two needed apps, particularly Facebook and WhatsApp. And yes, there are companies that are still releasing the latest smartphones with 2GB RAM in 2020: https://www.gsmarena.com/results.php3?nYearMin=2020&nYearMax=2020&nRamMax=2000&sOSes=2,3&nOrder=1

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Anonymous, 22 Jul 2020Mininum needs to be 8GB on Android since half of it is rese... moreLol yes

Tyfyh, 22 Jul 2020Bad example with 32bits. Google OS, and I mean just Android... more" I cannot stress enough that I don't see any difference these 2GB are doing."

If you only do light tasks or only using Lite apps, you really wouldn't tell any difference at all. I know that because I still have my mum's old Samsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0 tablet with 1.5GB and only use Lite apps. But if you always open a lot of apps at the same time or using an app's non-Lite standard version or even do a lot of mobile gaming, that extra 2GB RAM can definitely be very useful.

  • Radhakrushna

As maximum people have phones having 2 gb ram and they are working on it . But after preventing them it will affect them badly. Only mobile company's having 4 gb or more will get benifit.

Donbenie, 22 Jul 20204Gb Ram is not useless,I own a 4Gb Ram phone and it runs ju... moreWell it depends on how well the processor and the UI cope with memory optimization management. If it doesn't do the job well, it will eventually lag.

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Good decision by Google !

Demongornot, 22 Jul 2020Make sense, it is like nowaday 32bits systems aren't r... moreBad example with 32bits. Google OS, and I mean just Android, requires more and more RAM with each update. Could you kindly compare what Android 12 can do that Android 5 can't? I would gladly use any other easily installed OS (not from "I" company) that has the same RAM requirements and settings as Android 5 years ago
My example: I had Android 5 around 2 years ago. I changed it to Android 10 with a new phone. I still use the same functions: sms, apps, calls etc. And it's 1GB RAM then vs 3GB RAM now. I cannot stress enough that I don't see any difference these 2GB are doing. It's like I'm mining bitcoins for google, who knows.
What I'm trying to say is Google has the monopoly in smartphones with its preinstalled Android. It's like Windows in PC, almost exact. And if you try to change OS, you lose guarantee, support, critical updates, with possibility to screw up big time to completely ruin your phone. So it can do anything, even releasing stuff with not optimized codes.

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Anonymous, 22 Jul 2020Wait, what? What are you talking about? 4GB is totally fine... morePixel phones run fine with 4gb of ram

iPhones with less run without any issues

Heck even my old Windows 10 notebook runs fine with 4gb of ram.

The problem why a lot of Android phones have issues with "not enough ram" is more because of all the bloat there is on some phones, and that includes apps, forced functionality that can't be turned off, skins and so on, I prefer companies do something about THAT instead of releasing phones with stupid amount of RAM to "solve the issue the lazy way"

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Tondern, 22 Jul 2020Thank god, my Galaxy S2 from 2011 with 768mb of RAM will st... moreWait why do you use a decade old phone in the first place

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Anonymous, 22 Jul 2020Instead of asking companies to use more RAM, google should ... more4 GB of RAM are good enough to run android smoothly, I have full android 10 running on 4GB of RAM without issues and the performance is good, most of the times I have 2GB of RAM free which are enough to fit running games and some other apps.

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Anonymous, 22 Jul 2020Instead of asking companies to use more RAM, google should ... moreAgreed. While I'm sure the task to optimize the OS for several different phones, SOCs and manufacturers is enormous, Google definately has the capacity and capability to do so.
Also, 3/32 was totally normal just a couple years ago, many people still use their older phones for a multitude of reasons. Those phones should not be made "obsolete", and people should not be "forced" to upgrade.

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Anna, 22 Jul 2020Perfectly nice decision. It's second half of 2020 now.... moreMininum needs to be 8GB on Android since half of it is reserved for Google Ad Spyware...

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Almand, 22 Jul 2020who uses android phones with less than 2gb ram? Do compani... moreI've Galaxy J7 2015 model with 1.5GB RAM as my primary phone. And an entry-level 2GB RAM phone as secondary.
Both never lagged. Both are fluid.
I bought these two depending on my work and requirements.
My priorities are photography, share market, social media, photo and video editing, listening songs and watching movies on sAmoled display. Zero(0) gaming!
Everything is working fine.

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Anna, 22 Jul 2020Perfectly nice decision. It's second half of 2020 now.... moreInstead of asking companies to use more RAM, google should better optimise their OS at least to a decent level. If something as advanced as iOS can run smoothly on 2gb of RAM, then why does a mere android still need 8-12gb to run acceptably smooth?