The XDA-Developers website said that Google will not approve any new phone running Android 9 Pay after January 31, 2020, which means that new phones that will be launched after that date must run Android 10 to get Google approval to support its services.
The website pointed out that the phone manufacturers may defraud this decision to expedite the approval before that date, and then launch the devices after.
XDA-Developers’ release schedule shows the release date of each release and the deadline for approval on new devices. With Android 8.1 prior to Android 9, the latest launch date is October 31.
The move is believed to ensure that all manufacturers provide up-to-date software to their users, and Google will be able to release security updates in a timely manner.
Companies that miss the deadlines will not be able to launch phones that support Google services, including the Google Play Store and other services, for all countries around the world except China.