Earlier September this year, Google launched the Android 10 and now, the tech titan has just confirmed that all Android phones launched after January 31, 2020 must run new OS.
According to XDA Developers, Google will authorize the use of GMS (Google Mobile Services) only if the OEM has provided a build, based on the latest Android 10.
The Mountain View company took this step in order to ensure all manufacturers provides up-to-date software to their users and Google will be able to issue timely security updates. However, the documentation says builds must be approved before January 31, meaning it’s technically possible for a phone to launch after that date with an older Android as long as its software was ready earlier.
What is GMS?
The GMS is basically the Google apps package, including Google Play Store and Services that all phones outside of China come with. One major exception is the Mate 30 series, which is launching across the globe without them due to the Huawei US trade ban.