Reportedly, Google has been launched Android 10 approving all smartphones to be run on it after January 31, 2020.
According to Google’s GMS – Google Mobile Services – documents accessed by XDA Developers, Google has made it mandatory for all smartphone makers to ship new smartphones approved with the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system. GMS is essentially a suite of Google apps, services, and libraries that has to be licensed by smartphone makers because it enables them to pre-install Google Play Store and Google Play Services on their smartphones.
Moreover, GMS documents also articulated that Google will not approve any new smartphones running on Android 9 Pie after January 31. However, smartphone makers can launch new phones running on Android 9 Pie if they have sought approval for GMS from the Mountain View, California based company before the deadline.
As far as the Android 10 updates are concerned, Google will, somehow, continue to approve software updates based on Android 9 Pie until the launch of Android 11 which is likely to happen in August 2020. Google will only approve security updates for devices on Android pie after the launch of Android 11.
Google has also been making mandatorily all Android smartphones to pre-install the Digital Wellbeing app with built-in parental controls on their smartphones. In other words, smartphones makers can also include their Custom Digital Wellbeing and parental control solution on their smartphones. According to the publication of one of the reports, Google is requiring all smartphones launched after September 3, 2019, running on Android 9 Pie or Android 10 to come with a wellness app and parental controls.
This Android 10 launching move allows for some more security updates to be pushed out reducing the update workload for manufacturers and carrier partner.