We have some good news for all you Android fans out there. You must be aware that the latest version of Android, Android 10, was released by Google a few months back. However, it is a sad reality that your device will get the latest update unless it is a Google Pixel phone. However, we should also acknowledge that many OEMs have started to give speedy updates to their lineup of devices including OnePlus and Essential. But there is still a long way to go for having a majority of Android devices running the latest version of Android even after a year of that version’s release.
But we can now inform you thanks to XDA-Developers’ report that Google has made it mandatory for smartphones to run on Android 10 after the deadline to approve an Android Oreo-based smartphone ends on January 31, 2020. This means that if you are using a smartphone that is launched after January 31, 2020, then it is likely to be running on Android 10 out-of-the-box. This requirement is set in place by Google for smartphones to run Google services which include the entire suite of Google apps.
However, there is also the case of Android OEMs being smart and approving the device running on Android 9.0 Oreo before January 31, 2020, deadline and then releasing the smartphone a few months later. If that’s the case, Google’s plan to force OEMs will backfire. However, we also believe that this will be a rare case where OEMs will do so as they won’t be allowed to approve their device for Google Mobile services if their device is not ready and they are just approving it for the sake of approval.
One of the biggest advantages this move from Google will have is that the Chinese OEMs such as Xiaomi, Realme and likes will be forced to run on the latest version of Android even if they have updated their skins which means that users will be able to take advantage of newer features released in Android 10 as early as Q1, 2020.
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