Google requires a minimum of 6 GB RAM in high-end phones – Mobile – Tecnoblog

O Google revealed the Compatibility Definition Document (in free translation) for the Android 12. According to the instructions, cell phones must have at least 6 GB of RAM to participate in the high-end category, in addition to other requirements. The document was made public with the release of the new version of the system.


Android 12 (Image: Disclosure / Google)

Also known as “Compatibility Definition Document (CDD)” in English, the document provides the basis for the system to be used. O 9to5Google noted that the instructions reveal the requirements of the new “performance classes” standard (in free translation). The novelty introduced with Android 12 defines a set of device capabilities that go beyond the basic system requirements.

“Each Android version has its own corresponding performance class,” they explained. “Each Android device declares the performance class it supports. Developers can check the device’s performance class at runtime and provide up-to-date experiences that make the most of the device’s capabilities.”

In this way, the performance class 12 (S), which is linked to the new version of the system, is intended for “devices with better performance”. Class 11 (R), on the other hand, linked to Android 11, is aimed at devices that guarantee a “high quality experience” when running applications. And so on.

Android 12 notifies you if microphone or camera is being used (Image: Press / Google)
Android 12 notifies you if microphone or camera is being used (Image: Press / Google)

Android 12 requires 6GB RAM for high-end phones

In common, the two classes have a minimum requirement of 6 GB RAM, according to the CDD. There are also other necessary attributes, like the 12 megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 4K at 30 frames per second (fps). Regarding the screen, a resolution of 1080p at 400 dots per inch (dpi) is required.

However, there are some differences between the two categories. In this case, Class 12 requires a front-facing camera of 5 megapixels or more that records 1080p videos at 30 fps. Class 11 requires a 4-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calls. The documentation still covers future versions of Android:

“The performance classes are compatible with future releases,” they explained. “A device can be upgraded to a newer platform version without upgrading its performance class.” In other words, if a class 12 device is upgraded to Android 13, it can be designated as class 12 if it doesn’t meet the requirements of class 13.

Relationship between performance class schema and Android versions (Image: Playback/Google)
Relationship between performance class schema and Android versions (Image: Playback/Google)

Class 12 guarantees the best app experience

Performance classes help developers prepare their applications. In the case of Class 12, it is possible to dedicate features that offer the “most premium experience” to these devices. Class 11, on the other hand, is determined to have a “high quality” experience. On other devices, there is the option to remove “the extras to keep the experience functional”.

In addition to the performance classes, Google made other demands on the CDD. This is the case with the inclusion of indicators to signal whether the camera and microphone are in use, as it happens in iOS 14 and iOS 15. The document also recommends that the fingerprint reader under the screen be placed in a place that does not interfere in using the navigation buttons.

The final version of Android 12 was released on the last day 4. Among the new features are the remodeled look with the Material You interface, new privacy features and the like. Google also revealed the name of the dessert version on the same day: Snow Cone.

With information: 9to5Google

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