Google Messages APK teardown shows app eventually won’t work on “uncertified” devices

21 January 2021
This will tentatively go into effect on March 31.

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  • Anonymous

Google gradually tighten their grip on population,, the world need to realize that we are too depend on Alphabet group

  • Anonymous

abigfanoftechs, 21 Jan 2021All my kids use Google Messages & Whatsapp. They'r... moreMaybe they don't want to live a super paranoid life?

Lyndino, 21 Jan 2021I can't remember if I've ever used the default me... moreI use Textra as well. Best messaging app ever and it will only get better once they implement RCS and Wifi/LTE messaging.

So basically just use another default text messaging app

  • WillieD

So let me get this straight...Google forces RCS onto their app and onto carriers, forces you to make it the default then is like, oh wait no we won't let you text soon.... really?

What's next gonna force Google Phone app be used to make calls but those calls won't go through cause Google doesn't like you using your phone...

  • Anonymous

I didn't even know such an app existed.
Anything good about this thing?

F Google! They're trying to discourage unlocking our phones and installing our own privacy apps which they have no control to spy on or read our messages. I don't install GSM I have alternative apps & I use Carbon ROM without GAPS. Google business strategy is selling our DATA. IF IT'S FREE YOU'RE THE PRODUCT. Imagine the frustration of Google after offering the software for free & we "THE PRODUCTS" are not giving Google the our data. S#it

  • Anonymous

They are probably working on completely shutting out uncertified devices and sideloading of apps. We must develop an open and consumer friendly alternative.

abigfanoftechs, 21 Jan 2021All my kids use Google Messages & Whatsapp. They'r... moreI almost want to say 'f' it all and go off grid completely.
No masks
No cell phone
NO BILLS!
NO STUPID PEOPLE!!!

Lyndino, 21 Jan 2021I can't remember if I've ever used the default me... moreAll my kids use Google Messages & Whatsapp. They're f-ing lazy.
They're living in an environment where they aren't concern about their privacy. :-(
Google & FB prey on young people.

abigfanoftechs, 21 Jan 2021Average users just use whatever is the default on their pho... moreI can't remember if I've ever used the default messaging app with my Android's.
Latest for years now is Textra as it was fairly good customization for what I needed.

Lyndino, 21 Jan 2021You guys are using the google messenger? why?Average users just use whatever is the default on their phone.
Thus their device is already certified.

All my phones are Google certified. However, I use Signal as my default SMS app.

  • Anonymous

abigfanoftechs, 21 Jan 2021Download Signal[or other apps] & set it as your default... moreI didn't even know you could do that. Thanks for the tip.

  • Anonymous

I don't need google messaging app. What I need is Xiaomi message app on my Mi phone.

abigfanoftechs, 21 Jan 2021Download Signal[or other apps] & set it as your default... moreYou guys are using the google messenger? why?

  • Anonymous

Stock Android's messages sucks. The app preinstalled in non stock Android is far better.

Download Signal[or other apps] & set it as your default SMS.
F* Google!

We need to tell Google, Facebook etc... that they can't dictate what we can use on our devices.

People using Signal because of Google, Yay more for us.

  • Anonym

Anonymous, 21 Jan 2021The answer is in your very comment, Google the leech profit... moreI'm sorry, but what do you mean by "starts selling it's proprietary apps"? They've always done that since the very early days of Android! That's why you always needed to sideload Google services into AOSP, if you wanted to use them.

Furthermore, your examples are fundamentally flawed. Sony has proprietary apps with full-blown DRM. Samsung and Huawei also feature proprietary apps. By your own logic, aren't these also leaching out of Google's contributions, or is your argument so biased that you can't even see that?

Anonymous, 21 Jan 2021The answer is in your very comment, Google the leech profit... moreThat's being business smart. Your comment is whacky.