According to Google’s documentation, low-power Android Go users who wish to upgrade to Android 13 will need at least 2GB of RAM in their devices. Android Go is optimized for low-end handsets. In comparison to Android 11 and Android 12 (Go Edition), that’s an increase of 1GB. Meanwhile, from Android 8 to 10, you only needed 512MB.

According to Android Enterprise expert Jason Bayton (via Mishaal Rahman), OEMs can no longer preload GMS on new devices with less than 2GB RAM. In addition, Google mandates that all new Android Go devices have 16GB of storage space. Moreover, the Android 13 upgrade won’t be pushed out to existing smartphones that fall short of these specs.

In the United States, for example, it is already difficult to obtain smartphones with less than 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, so the change is unlikely to affect anyone there.

There is a need for developers to create apps that work smoothly on Android Go smartphones, as Google reports that over 250 million users are using Android Go and major OEMs like Jio, Samsung, Oppo, and Realme are creating Android Go devices.

New devices launching with Android 13 will need to meet these requirements to be licensed to use the Play Store, and upgrades to Android 13 will not be available for devices that do not meet the new minimum requirements.

According to Ars, a change in the minimum requirements throughout the entire Android ecosystem would affect non-mobile devices like smart TVs, which don’t necessarily have at least 16GB of storage.

For instance, Chromecast with Google TV provides a meager 8GB of storage space. That’s great news for anyone who hasn’t been able to update their apps due to storage constraints.