02-09-2018 07:30 AM
The SMS could actually be there waiting to be read... In my case this issue arose when the screen and digitizer were being replaced.
To solve, I backed up all messages to lenovo cloud using syncit.
I then proceeded to delete all messages selecting several at a time.
Funny enough I saw an unread message at the bottom... I belive this message bore the day of manufacture and therefore was being displayed at the bottom.
After deleting.... No annoying new message icon.