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Leaked Document suggest Google plans to make Android Go a must for New Android Devices With 2GB RAM or Less

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A leaked Google document suggests that new Android phones with 512MB RAM or less won’t officially support Google Mobile Services in the near future.

First announced in 2017, Android Go is specifically designed to run on phones with 1GB RAM or less. However, according to a leaked Android 11 Go Edition configuration guide, the tech giant is expected to ensure that all new devices with 2GB RAM or less run on Android Go.

In a report, XDA Developers shared excerpts from a leaked copy of Android 11 Go edition Device Configuration Guide. Dated April 24, 2020, the guide revealed several new requirements that Google may put in place.

The document says that starting the fourth quarter of 2020, all new Android 10 or Android 11 products launched with 2GB RAM or less must launch as an Android Go device.

It also pointed out that starting with Android 11, any device with 512MB RAM (including upgrades) won’t qualify for preloading Google Mobile Services (GMS).

Lastly, it said that any device already launched with 2GB RAM in regular Google apps can’t convert to Android Go configuration.

This is no doubt a plus for the smartphone production industry as well as it’s users. With promise of efficient and smooth stock Android experience as well as timely updates, this is a move which could result in a massive shift from the priorities we look out for when getting a low-end or budget device.

Since the RAM limit has been upped to 2GB, it can be speculated that Android Go phones may perform faster and better than earlier, though it is yet to be seen whether phone manufacturers would choose to launch phones with Android Go or design new devices with 3GB RAM or more to keep standard Android instead.

Also, XDA Developers suggests two possible scenario with the recent update. It is thought that the leaked document is possibly outdated or Google may already have retracted the above requirements.

However, it remains to be seen if OEMs and the likes will agree to this if it comes to fruition, pretty bunch everything goes to court these days, or take up the other option to increase RAM sizes in their budget phones but Android Go in smartphones with 2GB RAM or less no doubt represents a very timely update.

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Google Pixel 4a could reportedly launch on August 3

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Just one of those top mysteries in the world of tech, you know it’s imminent and will definitely happen but just don’t know when.

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So far, Google has succeeded in staying mum about the launch date of the Pixel 4a but the rumour mill is relentless and now, in an attempt to put an end to the speculations, a tipster named Jon Prosser, claims to know the final launch date of the Pixel 4a.

Prosser took to Twitter to divulge the information on when Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL can be expected. Based on the Pixel 4a embargo letters and review units Google has sent to the local media; Prosser is dead sure the launch date is August 3.

However, Google who has not said anything on the matter so far did briefly list the Pixel 4a on its online store in Canada without any concrete details, which led to people believing the launch is finally nigh.

If the August 3 launch of the Pixel 4a is anything you go by, it will be the third postponed date.

Previously, Google was expected to launch the Pixel 4a series at the Android 11 launch event on June 3. It did not happen due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement rife in the US and got delayed.

Later, Prosser said the Pixel 4a will debut on July 13 but that did not happen too. Meanwhile, Google’s rival Apple outed its long-awaited iPhone SE 2020 as the affordable iPhone model for this year and maybe beyond.

However, Presser will be hoping it is third time lucky/accurate and we finally get to see the affordable version of the Google pixel 4; the Pixel 4a and 4XL in the US. It’s imminent and there is every certainty it will happen.

Google Pixel 4a Specifications, Features and Price

It is more or less an open secret anyway but, the Google Pixel 4a is said to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage.

There will likely be a 5.8-inch LCD display with a punch-hole for the first time on a Pixel phone. Obviously, the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL will run on Android 10 and they should soon be receiving the Android 11 update.

For camera optics, the Google Pixel 4a will have a single rear camera in the same squarish module at the back. Thougg the battery capacity is yet to be confirmed at this stage, the Pixel 4a is no doubt also expected to come with 18W fast charging.

For pricing, Google usually gives it flagship gadgets pocket pumping price tags but the Pixel 4a and 4L is expected to ship with relatively mid-range specs as well as pricing The leaks have suggested the Pixel 4a price in the US. The 64GB version is said to cost $299 (roughly NGN116,500) while the 128GB version will reportedly be priced at $349 (roughly NGN135,800).

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Apple confirms this years iPhone 12 Models won’t release in September

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The world is on fire in more ways than one and this has no doubt left even the most credibly run company’s at risk of altering their usual annual schedules.

This is the case of Apple who after some back and forth tinkering and analysis, finally confirmed that its new iPhone 12 launch will be delayed by a few weeks.

The tech giant always reveals it’s next lineup of smartphone during the last quarter of the year and was rumored to launch the iPhone 12 series this year in September.

However, this isn’t the first time Apple is not following its own trend. The iPhone X too arrived way later in November in 2017 just a few months after the iPhone 8 series was released in September. Although Apple did reveal that it is coming up with the iPhone X during the launch of the Apple iPhone 8 series, it didn’t release the smartphone until November that year.

Similarly, the iPhone XR too was unveiled a month after the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max were unveiled in September 2018.

Apple iPhone 12 Models Launch Date

Just like the speculations about Apple launching the iPhone 12 series took flight, the delay in its launch was also being speculated too.

Apple announce new iPhone 12 Models new launch date

Earlier this week, chipmaker Qualcomm hinted at a delay in a particular 5G chip availability when it said that there would be a “slight delay” of a “flagship phone launch” in the fourth quarter, which corresponds to when Apple typically releases its new iPhone models. Without naming either the brand or the smartphone, Qualcomm revealed in its Q3 earnings report that “a partial impact from the delay of a global 5G flagship phone launch” might be reason behind all this.

Moreover, this proved we quite significant to the latest decision from Apple as notably, Apple and Qualcomm had entered into a $4.5 billion deal, which entails Apple will use Qualcomm’s 5G modem for its upcoming devices and the delay in the release of the new iPhones would no doubt also impact Qualcomm’s business

During yesterday’s earnings call covering the third fiscal quarter of 2020 (second calendar quarter), Apple CFO Luca Maestri confirmed that Apple is expecting to release this year’s iPhones later than usual. He was quoted by TechCrunch as saying, “As you know, last year we started selling new iPhones in late September. This year, we project to supply to be available a few weeks later.”

Earlier tipster iHacktu Pro had speculated that Apple will hold two important events in September and October. The tipster tweeted saying that Apple’s online event will be held on September 8 and devices including the much-anticipated iPhone 12 series, the Apple Watch, the AirPower-a wireless charging pad, and the Apple iPad. Whereas Apple is likely to launch the Apple iPad Pro, Apple Silicon Macs, and Apple Glass on October 27.

However, he didn’t confirm whether the October 27 event will be an online event or an in-person event. But none of it seems to be happening now considering the global situation on ground but a penny for your thoughts on iPhone users now and all that fruit company fans.

It’s rare Apple confirms any of its future products. Usually, they pretend as if there are no upcoming iPhones. But, given Qualcomm already tipped their hand about the iPhone 5G delay, it doesn’t leave Apple much choice.

Also, with the recently launched iPhone SE still driving sales, we expect all parties involved to be happy in the end. We’ll all survive living without a new iPhone for a few weeks.

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