The Play Store Adds Minimum Requirements for All Apps

  • 23-02-2022 |
  • Courtney Millhouse

This update may be small, but it is definitely useful to know what are the minimum requirements for apps that you’re trying to install. In the past, you could only find out whether you can or cannot run a certain app is not enough, but that is not enough. When you can view minimum requirements for a certain app, you can gauge how much more powerful your device is, and whether the app will run smoothly on your device.

Play Store version 29.2.13 has now added minimum Android OS requirements. In the past, you could find minimum OS requirements by looking at the “Additional Information” when using the web version. This information, however, wasn’t really that helpful, since many apps had “Varies with device” in that field.

To be honest, minimum OS requirements alone aren’t really that helpful, since Play Store automatically filters apps that you can see to ensure that all of them will run on your device. Also, some apps that branched based on OS can show drastically different results, with one device showing version 6, while another would show version 10 as the minimum requirement.

Despite all that it’s still nice to have a little bit more information about the apps that you’re trying to install. Hopefully, in the future, Play Store will add more information to this page including Minimum and Recommended requirements for your hardware. Or maybe Play Store will even be able to automatically gauge how well a certain app will be able to run on your particular device. Such a feature would definitely be useful for modern mobile games that can be played only on the most powerful of devices without any issues.

What do you think about this new information added by Play Store about its apps? Do you think it is useful or is it redundant? Tell us what you think in the comments below.