AT&T has announced it’s collaborating with Google to make Messages by Google the default messaging app on all Android telephones supported by the community. This implies AT&T subscribers could have entry to Wealthy Communication Companies (RCS) and Messages by Google’s built-in encryption skills.
RCS would successfully convey some iMessage-like options to all Android gadgets by way of the native Google Messages app. It contains easy options like an animated indicator to let you realize a good friend on the opposite finish is typing out their reply. It’s additionally what allows nifty options like messaging over wifi and high-resolution pictures and video. After all, Apple must undertake RCS for it to work cross-platform. However for now, all Android customers need is an iMessage-like option to work together with different gadgets working the identical working system on a special supplier.
Google has been pushing carriers towards RCS because it introduced compatibility with its messaging app again in 2019. With AT&T and T-Cellular on board, Verizon Wi-fi is the final hold-out, although RCS, or “Superior Messaging,” is available on choose Samsung gadgets. A part of why RCS adoption has stayed in a veritable gridlock is that the carriers have been dragging their ft. Earlier than T-Cellular acquired Dash, the carriers tried to type their very own Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) with one other third get together fairly than undertake RCS. Google wasn’t a part of that plan, which might have meant additional fragmentation for Android customers had the deal gone by way of.
AT&T subscribers may even have entry to the opposite perks afforded by way of Messages by Google, together with full-resolution photograph sharing, high-quality video messages, learn receipts, and the power to ship and obtain messages over wifi. Group chats may even work a bit extra fluidly, supplied the opposite people are on Android gadgets and have RCS out there. (It’s at all times difficult when an iPhone consumer enters the chat.)
Google’s messaging fragmentation problem hasn’t been solved but. However with AT&T’s close to 45% market share within the U.S., it’ll hopefully gentle a hearth underneath Verizon, the second largest service. It’s time for Large Pink to desert its bloated Verizon Messages app in favor of the inventory app from Google that Android customers need to make use of. Simply don’t wager on Apple adopting it any time quickly. Android customers are fortunate they even bought an invitation to FaceTime.
And none in all this has something to do with Google Chat, a standalone chat software related to your Google account. That app additionally works in your cell gadgets, although it’s akin to an immediate messenger fairly than a textual content message coming out of your cellphone quantity. Regardless, all this consolidation work means Google is actively engaged on shifting everybody towards unification.