Google Messages is one of the most popular apps from Google. The name is rather generic, however, a lot of devices ship with it pre-installed as their default SMS and RCS client. But, soon some users will not be able to use it anymore. According to the latest report, Google Messages will Stop Working on Uncertified Android Phones from March 31, 2021, onwards.
Google Messages will Stop Working on Uncertified Android Phones From April
The uncertified Android devices are those devices that run on Android, but skipped through or failed Google’s official certification process for Google Mobile Services. These devices do not come with the mandatory Google apps. However, the sellers of such devices usually have advisories on how users can sideload Google apps and service frameworks. To end such practices from device makers, Google has decided to stop the service.
Earlier, Google Messages could easily be sideloaded if you did not have it pre-installed. Moreover, it also didn’t need a Google sign-in, so it would still work on all Android devices.
But this is now going to change. If you have an uncertified Android device, the app will not work. Google might have taken this decision because of its RCS End-to-End encryption feature. Google will not be responsible if an uncertified device is compromised.