Google Messages has become an indispensable SMS/MMS software for Android with innovative features like RCS texting and a handy web client. It seems that Google plans to stop running on uncertified Android devices for its Messages software later this year.
It has to go through Google’s approval process before release in order for a smartphone running the Android operating system to be officially called an “Android.” Certified users are permitted to come pre-installed with Google’s suite of applications, including essential ones like Google Play Services.
Broadly speaking, as the app is not preinstalled on most smartphones, Google Messages has become useless to the conversation with uncertified Android users and must be loaded from the Google Play Store instead. This seems, however, not to be the case for much longer. A fresh note has been introduced to the app’s code with Google Messages 7.2 beta, rolling out now via the Play Store.
Simply put, you’ll lose access to the Google Messages service beginning on March 31 if your phone is an uncertified Android user. Although it is normally uncommon for the average person to encounter uncertified Androids, there are a few noteworthy examples, such as newer Huawei models.
The new addition of end-to-end encryption to Google Messages is one possible explanation for the move. When Google repeated last year that owners of Huawei devices could not sideload Play Services on their phones, they stressed that uncertified devices had not been checked for their security. Encrypted communications on such computers could, however, be theoretically hacked.