I use an android phone without Google Play store, although I do install OTA OS updates when they arrive. I don't have a Google account set up.
My standard Photos and Messages apps checking for updates, presumably outside the Google Play store, and spamming me with messages like "Chat and text on your computer". These links take me to Google Play store, which is disabled.
Is there a way to prevent apps like these from doing their own software update checks?
This happened on Blackberrry KeyOne and Unihertz Titan, though I don't think it's specific to the phone model.
The specific apps I'm talking about are: