The notice was spotted in the app code of beta app version 7.2 of the Google Messages app. “On March 31, Messages will stop working on uncertified devices, including this one,” reads the app code notice.
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A certified Android device comes pre-installed with Google’s G Suite of apps including Google Play services. For a device to be officially called an Android device, it must go through Google’ certification process ahead of its release.
Till 2018, it was possible to run Google apps even on uncertified Android devices. But Google has fixed the loophole now.
The latest notice in the app code means that those devices running Android operating system without Google certification will no longer be able to use Google Messages app.
One would rarely find an average user using an uncertified Android device. However, new devices from Huawei could be possible examples of the devices affected.
Although the exact reason for the decision is not known yet, a possible reason could be the end-to-end encryption feature. It was recently added to Google Messages app.
Last year, Google said that Huawei device owners shouldn’t sideload Google Play services on their phones. Huawei phones that have sideloaded Google Play may compromise the encryption on Google Messages app.