Google is building a certification program for Game Device to ensure that future gaming smartphones meet minimum standards and pack enough power for Android game developers to behave predictably.
The software has not yet been revealed by Google, but XDA Developers has received documentation detailing new product specifications. Within one page, Google outlines the new technical criteria for Game Player Certification, which will have to be fulfilled by vendors to allow an Android device to be approved and ready to play.
According to the paper, the specifications are intended to ensure that "game developers do not face unintended throttling, lack of CPU cores, or other unusual device activities." Applications should follow Vulkan Graphics API version 1.1, permit programs to access at least 2.3 GB of memory, and satisfy certain criteria.
It is reasonable that some requirements for mobile gaming apps would be set by Google. Mobile gaming has become the video game market's largest player, receiving nearly half of the industry's 2018 worldwide sales.
The once straight boundaries between mobile and PC and console games were blurring games like Call of Duty or Fortnite. Manufacturers are catching on, and we've seen ASUS, Black Shark, Razer, and Nubia premium gaming devices. We have also written about the risky business of gaming hardware.
As XDA points out, the Game Product Certification system has not been publicly announced by Google, and there are no devices on the market seeking the certification. Yet Google will announce more about the software in the near future, there's a good chance. Engadget contacted Google for comment.