Mojang has announced that it will stop updating or supporting Minecraft on older Android devices from October 2020.
Specifically, the game won’t be supported any more and Android devices with less than 768MB of RAM. For reference, that’s anything below a Samsung Galaxy J1, HTC Desire X, or Nokia XL, all of which came out five or more years ago – though it’s possible that more recent budget phones will fall foul of the new restrictions.
If you do happen to be lumbered with one of these smartphone relics, you’ll still be able to access your Realm if you have a Realms subscription, but multiplayer will only work among players who are on the same version.
Your Minecoins and other Marketplace versions will remain in your account, and you’ll be able to transfer your worlds from your old device to a newer one, so all won’t be lost. Also, Mojang is open to giving Realms subscription refunds after October.
You can download Minecraft for Android right now on Google Play.