Google has announced that over a quarter of a billion devices that people use each month are running an edition of Android Go, which is designed for phones with limited storage and memory. However, the new version that Google announced on Wednesday, Android 13 Go, will require more power than its predecessors.

The new version also adds the simplified Google Play System Updates system, which the company says will help users keep their phone up-to-date without taking up a lot of space, and will allow it to release new features and security fixes without the need for a full phone update. Android 13 Go also includes features from the regular version of the operating system, such as notification permissions and the ability to change the language that an individual app uses.

The company says that new phones with Android 13 Go will start appearing in 2023. This is an important note because it is very possible that many people using Android Go will have to upgrade their hardware to get the new version. For years, Google has touted it as “built for smartphones with less than 2GB of RAM,” but as Esper editor Mishal Rahman points outAndroid 13 version will require at least 2GB of memory as well as 16GB of memory. This is a significant step forward from the 1 GB requirement for Android versions 11 and 12so phones built for the new version of Go will need to be a bit more powerful to handle it.

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