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Google Will Stop Approving New Devices Carrying Android 9.0 After January 2020

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Google now requires preinstalled Android 10 on the new devices, the search engine giant Google will stop approving new mobile devices that are equipped with older Android 9.0 version from January 31, 2020.

According to Xda developers, despite the Android software is an open-source (AOSP) the mobile manufacturers have to comply with the guidelines, if the manufacturers wish to use the notorious Google apps and services like; Google Play, Chrome, YouTube, Gmail, and others then they must have preinstalled Android 10.0 version on their devices, the manufacturers have to pass Google GMS certification which is different from the Android system, which requires Google certification and charging in use.

Users internationally regard Android Phones with Google services as a genuine product while devices without Google services are classed as pirated phones. Google also restricts unauthorized access to GMS services.

Google’s plan is to keep the OEMs updated with the new versions of Android and Google services, Android 10.0 policy requires all manufacturers to adapt to the technology as fast as possible. Google will still approve new software builds based on Android 9.0 for a few months, however, the company will stop software updates after the release of new Android 11.

GMS basically reads Google Mobile Services it’s a pack/suite of Google apps, services and libraries that mobile manufacturers must license to preinstall on their Android devices. The suit contains the most popular Google apps including Google Play Store, Google Play services, Gmail, YouTube and others, Huawei Mate 30 was launched without the preinstalled Google apps because of the rift between the US and China. OEMs must submit the software builds for each device they make to Google for approval if they wish to preload GMS. The approval process involves meeting the requirements in the Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) and the GMS Requirements document, and also passing automated test suites like the Compatibility Test Suite (CTS), Vendor Test Suite (VTS), and Google Test Suite (GTS). It’s a complex process and there are a lot of requirements to meet, so OEMs apply for GMS approval weeks or months in advance.

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