Google's new universal messaging effort for Android to be called Chat

Google's new universal messaging effort for Android to be called Chat
Google is stopping work on its Allo communication app for Android, and moving most of the team to a new venture called Chat, it seems. Now is the time for the obligatory eye roll when talking about the search giants efforts to unify messaging on Android phones to be more like Apple's iMessage closed garden.

First there was Google Talk, then there were Hangouts, then Allo and Duo split the video and text chat duties for some reason, and now Allo is being given the boot for the sake of Chat. Yep, it's a great name, we have to admit, and Google better not screw this effort up.

The kicker with the new Chat project is that it is said to use RCS text messaging, or a richer media standard that still works within the framework of the carriers' tried and true texting equipment. This way, even when somebody on the receiving end doesn't have Chat, they will simply get the messages like regular texts, and be able to answer. The issue, of course, are the carriers, which have to onboard Chat for their networks, but Google is apparently in talks with them to let it be.

There is such a great variety of Android phones out there, that using RCS was perhaps the only feasible approach for a unified messaging experience on Google's mobile OS platform. The stock Android Messages app that most phones already have is a great starting point. RCS is universally supported, and would allow for the usual chat shenanigans we are accustomed to, like rich media sharing, but at the same time it has one huge drawback - it's not encrypted. In this day and age, this could prove to be yet another insurmountable hurdle for Google towards the goal to create a truly useful go-to messaging app for Android.

source: Verge

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17 Comments

1. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

People say microsoft killed it own apps but google is the same company killing it own built in apps in the end only apple come out of these 2 at the top in app ecosytem offering second windows 10 on windows sore n third android with duplicate,fake apps,garbage app on playstore.

2. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I couldn't understand why it takes Google so many years to get this thing right! They gotta be more clear minded and consistent!

11. applesnapple93

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

theres a much better article on the verge that explains why google never made an iMessage. Its due to carrier relations and the open source neutral nature of Android. Something android users choose not to care about when it comes to messaging but do when it comes to everything else. This really only affects the United States users though. Europe is all really on WhatsApp.

4. NateDiaz

Posts: 1084; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Nothing in this f**king world can beat iMessage.

5. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

google voice via Hangouts is the s**t. And honestly, Skype is on the rise again. whit snap style video captures and iMessage voice messages

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Skype? Really? It's so unstable in recent years. I kinda start migrating to Discord - better sound than Skype, decent mobile and PC application. Today I experienced message delay via Skype again ... so unreliable.

10. applesnapple93

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

say that to any european. No one cares about iMessage outside of the United States

12. afrohoxha

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Europeans maybe don't even know what iMessage is, even those with an iPhone have never used it. Everyone uses a combination of WhatsApp, Viber and Messenger. All my contacts have WhatsApp and is the de facto chatting app. Yes nothing beats iMessage in Europe...in getting ignored, that's it.

14. NateDiaz

Posts: 1084; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

I'm a european.

7. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

google will overthrow imessage just wait

8. NateDiaz

Posts: 1084; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Yeah just like Hangouts and Allo did

9. trqster

Posts: 176; Member since: May 17, 2013

The 4th (or 5th) time's the charm! :) Hopefully Google can finally solve this whole android messaging mess! iMessage is a great asset for iOS users along with some unique very useful things like continuity & wifi password automatic sharing. Wish Google had those too...

13. afrohoxha

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

'Chat' is not a new application. It will be integrated into Android Messages.

15. jeffpom

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 11, 2016

Google does it again. Hangouts was pretty darn decent. Except for having to have a Google account. It was powerful and full of features. It could be used anywhere. But in Google's attempt to try to be everywhere - they ruined it. :( You lose customers when you continue to force them to something new.

16. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Glad i didn't switched myself or my contacts to allo or duo.

17. CEDEOTB

Posts: 376; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I love the iMessage games you could play. If only Google could bring that too.

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