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A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you’ll get some amazing features. Google has spent nearly a decade trying — and failing — to fix it with an ever-rotating cast of poorly supported apps.
It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience. While i Phone users have had the simplicity of i Message built in, Android users have been left to fend for themselves. Instead of bringing a better app to the table, it’s trying to change the rules of the texting game, on a global scale.
Samsung phones will also support Chat using Samsung’s app.
You will still be able to download Google’s app if you’d prefer to use it, though it seems unlikely that third-party developers will be able to create full RCS-enabled apps.
“I’m coming into this as a consumer product person,” Sabharwal says.
And he needs to do it without alienating any of the hundreds of powerful companies that have a stake in the smartphone market.And Duo, Google’s new-ish video chat app, is actually surprisingly successful; a quarter of Duo calls are to or from an i Phone.But it’s primarily a video chat app, which leaves Allo and Android Messages: two apps that, from a “consumer product” perspective, do essentially the same thing. Even though Samsung phones don’t use Android Messages as the default SMS app, most of the other major manufacturers do (outside of China, anyway). “They’re not interested in going to a different place to use SMS.” People, even in 2018, tend to just use the default app.But remember, Chat is a service, not a Google service.It’s just “Chat,” not “Google Chat.” In a sign of its strategic importance to Google, the company has spearheaded development on the new standard, so that every carrier’s Chat services will be interoperable.