Google's Messaging app. It's broken now.
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If the textual content messages in your Android telephone have instantly stopped working, you are not alone. Google pushed out a nasty copy of the Service Companies app, and the consequence was damaged SMS on many Android telephones. It additionally seems like the corporate is rolling again the replace and fixing the issue.

Service Companies is a little-known Android system part that popped up on the Play Retailer in 2017. This extremely privileged app with the package deal identify “com.google.android.ims” is a part of Android’s IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)—the gathering of 3GPP requirements that lets your telephone connect with the mobile community and sometimes delivers voice, video, and textual content, together with the flamboyant stuff like Voice over LTE, Wi-Fi calling, and RCS, a extra fashionable substitute for SMS. Google sometimes makes use of this app to push new RCS options out to customers, but it surely will also be used to quickly distribute bugs to customers when issues go fallacious. With over a billion Play Retailer downloads as a default Android app, it has an enormous attain.

Google pushed out model 50 of Service Companies, and afterward, many customers—together with Samsung, OnePlus, LG, Motorola, and TCL prospects—have reported sending and receiving points for SMS. Android Police says it has obtained some reviews of customers being mechanically downgraded to the earlier working model of the app, Service Companies v48.

If you wish to examine your model of Service Companies, the simplest manner is to open the system settings, hit the search button within the high proper, sort in “Service Companies,” and press the app data consequence for the Service Companies app (it has a multi-colored puzzle piece subsequent to it). In case your Android pores and skin has by some means damaged the settings search function (it occurs), the good distance is urgent on “apps & notifications,” then “see all ~100 apps,” then scrolling to seek out Service Companies. When you’re on the App data display, press “Superior” on the backside, and you must see the model string all the way in which on the backside. If you happen to’re on model 50 and having issues, uninstalling app updates (obtainable through the three-dot button within the high proper) is a short lived repair.

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