Manufacturers of Android devices may soon find themselves banned for launching handsets running on older Android versions. This warning was stated in Google?s leaked internal memo, which MobileBurn obtained. The memo expresses that all new smartphones should run on the latest Android KitKat 4.4. Doing so will give users access to Google Play Store and other mobile services served by Google such as Gmail and YouTube.
Google Plans to End Older Android Versions on New Devices
The leaked document went online this week, where Google is planning to put and end to the older Android versions on new handsets. According to an online source, Google would like mobile device manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung, ZTE, Motorola, LG and others to abide by this simple instruction.
If you can access the Google Services Framework and the Play Store, it only means that you are using the latest Android version. A lot of criticisms have been received by the tech giant for the fragmentation of the Android O.S. If this policy will take effect, it will cut short some of it on smartphones.
Android KitKat is the Way to Go
According to reports, Google sees it unwise for smartphone companies to release new handsets running on older Android operating software. With the rapid changes in the industry, there is no reason to release new mobile devices on old Android versions, whether entry level or not. Google is referring to the Android 2.3. The company thinks that Android KitKat 4.4 is the way to go for any new smartphone released in the market.
Leaked Memo Addressed to Android OEM Partner
The leaked Google memo was being sent to at least one major partner of Android OEMs from the Android Team. In the said memo, Google states that it will no longer approve distribution of new Android handsets running on the older platform beginning February this year. For every platform release, there will be a GMS approval window that closes within nine months after the newest platform has been made publicly available.
So, what does this mean to consumers? It only means that you have nine months to change your Android device on the latest platform after Google makes a public release. While it may sound negative, the said policy could actually mean good stuff for the consumer.