Google Duo will stop working on some Android smartphones in the near future and users will need an alternative app for the migration. According to a code discovered by 9to5Google in the code of the new video calling app update. Following the trail of the Google Messages app, Google Duo no longer works on non-certified devices.
Non-certified Android devices are those that have not been tested by Google and that do not have Play Services and a suite of Google Apps preinstalled. One of the notable smartphone brands that will lose support for Google Duo will be Huawei. For users who bought a smartphone from brands like Nokia, Samsung, OnePlus, Vivo, Oppo and others, Google Duo continues to run smoothly.
For users who lose Google Duo support, the message flashes when opening the app: “Duo will soon disappear. Because you are using an unsupported device, Duo will soon be de-registering your account on that device. Download your clips and call history to avoid losing them. “
According to the code, uncertified Android device users will have until March 31, 2021 to download their data before it disappears. Thereafter there is an additional grace period of 14 days. However, there is no confirmed update from the tech giant about when the app will stop working on these devices.
Google Duo is one of the best video calling apps on the Android platform that can accommodate up to 32 participants at a time. It has over a billion downloads on the Google Play Store and an impressive 4.5 rating. For uncertified Android users, alternative video calling apps include WhatsApp, FB Messenger, Zoom, JioMeet, Snapchat, and others.