It seems that Google is taking the certification of mobile phones seriously. After a few days we learned that Google Messages would stop working on non-certified mobiles, we learned that the same future awaits Google Duo: no certification, no Google Duo video calls.
This is what the text included in the latest version of the Google Duo APK does, and which we were able to confirm. This indicates that Duo will unregister your account on a device if it is not certified by Google Play.
In this duo, there is no place for non-certified mobiles
Mobile phone manufacturers need certify your devices with Google to include your preinstalled services. During these certifications, the device is verified to meet Google’s hardware and software requirements. It is possible to check the status of your mobile, from the settings of Google Play.
Mobile phones that are launched without Google services, such as the latest ones from Huawei, which install Google Play and the rest of the Google apps through unofficial methods, show up as “not certified”, and the same is true when installed. installation of a ROM on the mobile. However, so far, having an uncertified mobile had no repercussions except in a few cases.
The repercussions, it seems, are coming. Google Messages will stop working on March 31 and Google Duo, apparently, too. In this case, there is no date, but a text string in the Google Duo APK clearly states it: Google Duo will not work on uncertified mobiles (or, to be exact, the “unsupported” ones).
Duo will soon be unavailable
Since the device you are using is not supported, Duo will soon deregister your account on that device. Download your extracts and call history so you don’t lose them.
These text strings include the text “grace period” in their names, indicating that Google Duo will give us a few days to download our clips and calls
At this time, Google has not commented on the matter, although the trend is clear: Google does not want you to use its applications on a mobile that does not have the correct papers. This behavior is expected to spread to more apps, and it can be a problem for ROM users or those who plan to install Google services on a mobile that doesn’t bring them.
Via | 9to5Google