Spotting the future fakes

The preview of Google’s full Android 11 specification shows that it won’t be permitted to run on devices with less than 2 GB RAM. If the Android headunit has less than 2 GB RAM, it probably can’t run a full version of Android 11.

What is fake?

Decisions, decisions. The fakes with 1GB RAM advertising Android 11 will have to hide that it is not Android 11. They could hide that there is insufficient RAM to run Android 11. But two lies are needed to cover up the minimal RAM and the old OS tweaked to look like a new one. Android 6 is often faked to Android 10, but Android 8.1go is also faked as Android 10.

Why is this important?

It is essential to get what you pay for. Not only do the fakes leave a bad taste in your mouth, but they also are not up to running the newer or yet-to-be-baked apps. With Google pushing its operating system minimum specification to 2 GB RAM, it is a sign that apps will be written to that minimum spec. This can leave your new Android headunit dead and unusable before it should be.

But everything is still working.

Yes, nothing has changed yet. You won’t be updating your fake Android headunit to Android 11 anyway. But this is all about the future, tomorrow’s apps, next year’s apps. For example, Google Maps will keep up with the minimum Android specifications. Then you may find that the future versions of google maps may just not be compatible with the 1Gb Android headunits.

The future of the fakes

The obsolete Quadcore, 1Gb RAM Android headunits won’t go away. People still buy them, so the factories still make them. Vendors still sell them. Android 11 will have a cut-down, limited version that doesn’t have all the features, and this is what you will see on the fakes. ‘Android 8.1go’ disguised as Android 11 but squeezed into 1 GB RAM for a bit of profit and a few dollars saved.

Avoid the fakes

Avoid the fakes and get better value for money with a headunit that can run all the apps, even apps that haven’t been written yet. A PX30, PX5, and PX6 modern processor with at least 4Gb of RAM inside can run the latest apps. There is no need to fake the Android version with current hardware. There is no need to run a limited Android 8.1go when the full Google OS has all its excellent features. Avoid the fakes to get the best experience from your Android headunit.

I am an staff blogger. I have been using Android on my devices for many years and have learned a lot about the features and best hardware to keep up with the latest Android versions. I also make the coffee ☕

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