Four years ago, Google started showing the status of the device’s certification on Google Play. With this information, you can know if the mobile you are using has passed the Google certifications necessary to include their services, although apart from that there were not, yet, too many limitations. The application of Google messages could stop working on non-certified mobiles.
One year after including the certification status in Google Play, in 2018, Google blocked the use of its applications on some mobiles not certified, although such a lock was never drastically applied to all. Now, code within the Messages app APK seems to indicate that the crash is imminent, so As of March 31, it will no longer work on non-certified mobiles.
Without certification there is no ‘Google Messages’
There are several reasons why a mobile could appear as uncertified in Google Play. The most obvious: because it came without Google services pre-installed, such as the latest Huawei releases, and you have installed them unofficially. In addition, it also happens when installing a ROM or if you have a mobile in which the manufacturer is a pirate and has included Google services without a license.
Google maintains a list of all the terminals it has certified on this website, although having an uncertified mobile phone did not have too many repercussions nowadays. Both Google Play and the rest of the Google applications work without problems, except in a few cases. Apparently Google is going to get more strict about it, and Google messages will not work on uncertified mobiles as of March 31.
The news is based on a text included within the Messages application that literally indicates that “on March 31, Messages will stop working on uncertified mobiles, like this one.” From the way it is worded, it seems that Messages will show a prompt first before stopping working, so that the user can take action on it (such as reverting to stock firmware).
Oof, the Google Messages app will stop working on uncertified devices (eg. Many Huawei phones) starting March 31st. pic.twitter.com/IqgM5MCsMh
– Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) January 20, 2021
Google messages is Google’s SMS application, pre-installed on a multitude of Android terminals. It is not the only app to send SMS, but the pioneer in RCS or Chat, the commonly called WhatsApp of the operators. Beyond Google Messages, it’s hard to find RCS support in other messaging apps, except in Samsung’s messaging app.
At the moment, Google has not commented on it and, although the text is within the application, until it begins to be shown to users, there is nothing confirmed. We will know something the March 31st, the date indicated as the deadline.
Via | Mishaal rahman
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