I’m afraid not at this time. The next update to Google’s Phone app might be the fix or not. And, once fixed, there’s no guarantee Google won’t break it again in a future update.
To the best of my knowledge, no. This latest permutation of the issue appears to be an interaction of some sort between Google’s Phone app and Messages by Google. Republic may or may not be able to code a workaround to its app, however, Republic is not in a position to fix either Google’s Phone app or Messages by Google.
The above said, it is possible to disable auto-update for Google’s Phone app only leaving the other apps on one’s phone to auto-update if that’s one’s choice. To disable auto-update for Google’s Phone app only:
- Open Google’s Play Store app
- Search for “Phone by Google”
- Select “Phone by Google”
- Tap three dots to the upper right
- Uncheck Enable auto update