It looks like Google Duo may stop working on uncertified Android devices soon, following the trend set by the Google Messages app.
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Non-certified Android devices
Earlier this week, an update to the Google Messages app included a notice that the app would stop working on “uncertified” Android devices. Specifically, a certified device is one that has been tested by Google, is licensed to use the name “Android” and comes with a suite of Google applications, including Play Services.
For the average person who just buys well-known phones from their carrier or retailer, the chances of stumbling upon an uncertified device are slim. That said, a notable example is that recent Huawei devices are not certified for gaming services.
Google Duo’s latest update – version 123, now rolling out through the Play Store – includes a similar notice to the one included with Google Messages.
Duo is leaving soon.
Since you are using an incompatible device, Duo will soon unregister your account on that device. Download your clips and call history to avoid losing them.
While the wording is a little different, mentioning “an unsupported device” instead of “uncertified” Android devices, a quick glance at the Google Duo app code reveals that it is indeed linked to “GmsCompliance”.
In short, if your Android phone is not properly certified to use Google Play services, it could soon lose the ability to make and receive Google Duo calls. Unlike the Google Messages advisory which specifies March 31, Google Duo does not share the exact time when it stops working on affected devices.
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