For Pixel devices and several other phones, the most recent Android 13 OS was released last month. Google just released the hardware requirements for it.
What's in the Android 13
The Android 13 OS is built for user privacy with photo picker and notification permission. Enhanced productivity through per-app languages and clipboard preview. It is also built for modern standards like Bluetooth LE Audio and MIDI 2.0 over USB. It delivers a better experience on tablets and large screens.
Additionally, additional APIs and functionalities will be added. New features include an improved copy and paste function, a photo picker for themed app icons, per-app language preferences, and more.
Android 13 New System Requirements
To keep up with the new operating system, the American tech giant appears to have changed the specifications required for smartphones.
GMS preloading on new devices with less than 2GB of RAM is no longer allowed by OEMs. Jason Bayton, an expert on Android Enterprise, made this announcement (via Mishaal Rahman). Google recommends 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM for every new Android Go device. Furthermore, Android 13 can’t run on devices that don’t meet the aforementioned requirements.
It’s not surprising that Google periodically increases the specifications for future versions (Go Edition).
A 512mb RAM is a must have for the 2017-2019 smartphones for Android 8 to 10. That requirement was changed in 2020 for the Android 11, in which it increased to 1GB RAM. It remained for Android 12 in 2021.
With that stated, consumers with hardware that is ineligible for Android 13 will find this to be sad news. Since not having the most recent software would have concerns like security and compatibility difficulties, to mention a few, perhaps this is also a hint for them to upgrade.