Google is preparing to launch a new messaging service for Android. According to the website The Verge, the company would be committed to the creation of Messenger Chat, a new attempt to create something similar to Apple's iMessage, this time on the most used cell phone system on the planet. The goal is to improve users' communication, either by SMS or using multimedia resources seen on WhatsApp and Telegram.
The service would be based on the RCS (Rich Communication Services) standard, considered as the SMS of the future. Google launched the feature in Brazil at the end of 2017 and, at the time, announced a partnership with operators Claro, Vivo and Oi. Chat would therefore be the implementation of this technology on Android phones. The company has not yet confirmed the news. The announcement may take place at Google I / O, an event that takes place in the United States in May.
Chat can reach the standard messaging application of Android phones Photo: Reproduo / The Verge
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Chat would be an attempt to renew SMS messages that are still popular, even with the presence of apps like WhatsApp. According to Google, there are still 8 tracks of SMS sent per year worldwide.
The proposal simplifies the use of the Android messaging app and creates an alternative to Apple's iMessage, present on the iPhone (iOS). In addition to sending and receiving ordinary SMS, the program would bring advanced features seen in more robust apps, such as audio, image, video, GIFs and stickers sharing, in addition to creating groups.
O The Verge highlights that Chat could emerge as a function in several messaging applications present on Android. On a Motorola phone, the feature would appear in Google's Messenger app. In Samsung models, the novelty could be integrated into the standard messaging app. The two manufacturers are part of the large group of companies that support the project. Among them is also Microsoft, but it is not yet known whether Chat can appear on Windows 10 Mobile.
Android Messenger could gain integration with Chat Photo: Lucas Mendes / dnetc
How Chat on Android would work
RCS is a new messaging standard that allows multimedia sharing using both the telephone network and the cellular internet signal. One way to think of the feature is to consider it as a fusion between SMS and WhatsApp's working mechanism.
An application compatible with the technology capable of sending information via the internet to another device that also has the feature enabled. However, if the recipient uses a cell phone without RCS support, the network would be smart enough to convert the message into traditional SMS. This is currently Apple's messaging operation, which is very popular in the United States.
Chat would send multi-media messages using the RCS standard Photo: Divulgao / Google
The RCS is compatible with Android 4.4 Kitkat, but it is still unclear whether Chat will require a more up-to-date system to work.
According to information from the The Verge, Google would have decided to create Chat in a decentralized manner, including handset makers and operators in the process. One result of this is the involvement of the telephone operator's servers in the flow of information sharing, converting messages into SMS when necessary.
One of the consequences of this model comes up against privacy issues. The messages sent by Chat must not be encrypted, opening the way for the data to be read by the operator or by authorities through a court order. The trend that Chat, although it can solve a usability problem on Android, does not offer the same security present in WhatsApp or iMessage.
The alleged launch of Chat is either a function or a new application would represent at least Google's fifth attempt to create a cohesive messenger for Android. The initiative comes after Google Talk, Hangouts, Google Messenger and Allo. The last three still survive, but they have not become popular in Brazil and the rest of the world.