Google Duo app will soon stop working on uncertified Android smartphones, reports 9to5Google.
According to the report, users with uncertified Android smartphones will receive a warning, “Duo is going away soon” or “Because you’re using an unsupported device, Duo will unregister your account on this device soon. Download your Clips and call history to avoid losing them.”
A certified smartphone is the one approved by Google. According to the company, certified phones are secure and can run apps from Google Play Store.
“Manufacturers across the globe can choose to pre-install Google’s most popular apps on Android devices. The Android team at Google certifies these devices to ensure that they are secure and ready to run apps from Google and the Play Store,” Google explains.
Most of the smartphones come with the requisite certification. Smartphones from brands such as Huawei, which is barred from using Google services, may lose access to the app.
The report further says that if users are accessing Google Duo on an uncertified phone will get a 14-day grace period as the support ends on March 31.
It is worth noting that Google has not officially announced the move.
“Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect,” according to the report.