Some Google Messages Users Won't be Able to Send SMS at ALL! Here's What You Need to Do if That Happens
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Some Google Messages Users Won't be Able to Send SMS at ALL! Here's What You Need to Do if That Happens
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Google users could be in trouble since Google Messages might stop working soon! This means that the users will not be able to send SMS using the app. 

Some Google Messages Users Won't be Able to Send SMS at ALL! Here's What You Need to Do if That Happens
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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: In this photo illustration, A thumbprint is displayed on a mobile phone while the Google logo is displayed on a computer monitor on August 09, 2017 in London, England. Founded in 1995 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google now makes hundreds of products used by billions of people across the globe, from YouTube and Android to Smartbox and Google Search.

According to GSM Arena's latest report, a new APK teardown is the one that revealed the proof, suggesting that the Google Messages app version 7.2.203 could soon make some changes. 

SMS messaging tool is currently important to most smartphone users. iPhone owners are usually relying on their iMessage since it is the device's default mode to communicate with other iPhone users. However, this is not the case with Android smartphones. 

Although this is the case, Google is still making efforts on how to improve its Messages app. But, this could be in vain since some users will not be able to use it and send SMS messages. 

Users that will not be able to use Google Messages

Gadgets Now reported that the string spotted in Google Messages' new version revealed that it will really happen. 

"Messages will stop working on uncertified Android devices from March 31, 2021, onwards," said the company via Gadgets Now

Some Google Messages Users Won't be Able to Send SMS at ALL! Here's What You Need to Do if That Happens
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BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 06: A visitor speaks into a smartphone while standing next to the Google stand at the re:publica 19 series of conferences on May 06, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The three-day gathering hosts speakers and events to discuss the many facets of digital society, including topics such as media, entertainment, politics, culture and technology.

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The users that won't be able to use it at all are those who are using uncertified Android devices. This means that these devices are the ones that failed the official Google certification process for Google Mobile Services. 

The included smartphones are those that do not have a mandatory set of Google apps. These include Chrome, YouTube, and Search. If you are using an uncertified Android smartphone, these are the downsides you should expect. 

Uncertified Android device's drawbacks  

Google confirmed that there are multiple risks and downsides that users will experience if they are using an uncertified Android smartphone. To give you more idea, here are the specific drawbacks you should expect. 

  • Google apps on devices that aren't Play Protect certified aren't licensed and may not be real Google apps.
  • Data on devices that aren't Play Protect certified may not backup securely. 
  • Apps and features on devices that aren't Play Protect certified may not work properly.
  • Devices that aren't Play Protect certified may not be secure. 
  • Devices that aren't Play Protect certified may not get Android system updates or app updates. 

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