Google to require all Android phones to run on Android 10 after January 31

The Android maker is working towards ensuring that the smartphones are shipped with the pre-installed latest software on them. Starting 31st January 2020, all the new Android smartphones will be shipped with Android 10. Google will only approve the devices with the latest Android version.

Google Mobile Services (GMS) document accessed by the XDA Developers was spotted in the latest version of Google’s GMS requirement. The document lists a suite of Google apps and services licensed by Google’s original equipment manufacturer) partners. The application suite contains apps like Play Store, Play Services. The document suggests that Google has made it mandatory for all smartphone makers to ship new smartphones with the latest version of Android.

Google will not approve any smartphone running the Android version below Android 10 after January 31st. However, the new deadline does not ensure that all smartphones will be launched with Android 10. The smartphone makers that have sought approvals for GMS before January 31st can ship devices with Android 9.0 Pie.

Apart from this, Google is also making it mandatory to pre-install the Digital Wellbeing app and built-in parental controls. Companies can include their own custom Digital Wellbeing and parental control solution.

GMS document holds utmost importance for smartphone makers. The smartphone makers that fail to license GMS suite cannot install Google Play Store and Play Store Services on their smartphone models.

Google is trying to ensure that all the newly launched smartphones are powered by the latest version of the Android OS. The company had started requiring phones to be powered by Android 9 Pie after September 3, 2019.