Grab the new Google Messenger here; RCS support coming soon?
Note: This is a stable release of Google Messenger that installs over your current version of the app
Google Phone. On the in-app UI front, the “New message” screen has been rearranged a bit, doing away with the “Frequent” and “All contacts” tabs, in favor of a more unified look. Your most frequent contacts now displayed in two rows at the top, while the full contacts list below has become a bit denser, with smaller photo for each entry.
Interestingly enough, there is a new service called “JibeService” running alongside the Google Messenger 2.0. Although this doesn't confirm anything at this point, it may be an indicator that Google is looking to include support for Rich Communication Services (RCS) in the app. RCS has the potential to become the next standard for texting services, bringing features such as video calls, group chats, sharing of media content, and all the bells and whistles typically associated with instant messengers, across many different platforms supporting the standard. Furthermore, if the recipient of an RCS message is not using a supported platform, the message could be reverted to a standard SMS, making the protocol viable, albeit in its most basic form, on any platform with support for SMS. Unfortunately, none of this functionality is available in Google Messenger as of now, but it is a clear indication as to where things are headed. One has to wonder, however, what Google's future plans hold for Allo, if the company is looking to implement RCS into its default texting app.