Android Messages will reportedly become the default messaging app on Samsung phones

Android Messages will reportedly become the default messaging app on Samsung phones
A Reddit poster who claims to be a Samsung engineer says that the company is thinking about making Android Messages the default messaging app on its phones replacing Samsung's own messaging app. The Redditor says that this is being done to "to reduce headaches down the road for US devices." The headache involves creating a universal version of the Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging platform called RCS Chat in the country. Recently, Google was able to bypass carriers in the U.K. and France in order to complete the rollout of RCS in those two countries. And while the search giant says that it will soon announce more markets where the SMS replacement will be disseminated, it isn't clear whether the U.S. will be one of them.

The U.S. has some complications including the fact that some carriers have their own RCS systems. This makes it a complicated task to build a universal platform in the states, according to the person claiming to be a Samsung engineer. With RCS, users will have a much larger character cap than the 160 now available with SMS apps. There also is support for group messages, "read-receipts" that let you know when the recipient has looked at the message you sent, and an alert that tells you when that person is writing a reply. While Google would like RCS to compete against Apple's Messages app and its encrypted iMessages platform, RCS won't totally encrypt messages.

It seems that Google's best bet to implement universal RCS in the states is to skirt around the carriers. Whether or not Google is considering this end-around is not clear. For those Android users in the states using their carrier's messaging app or the one that is pre-loaded by their phone's manufacturer, universal RCS would be a big step forward.

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18 Comments

1. Dubs816

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

"We are also looking into replacing the default messaging app to Google messenger to reduce headaches down the road for US devices." Someone saying they are "looking into replacing the default messaging app" isn't the same as the author stating "the company is going to make Android Messages the default messaging app on its phones." Why post something that is simply being researched as fact??

4. Alan01

Posts: 603; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Actually,what I wrote was that this was according to a reddit poster who claims to be a Samsung engineer.

6. Dubs816

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

What the Samsung engineer stated is different than what you claim. They merely suggest that Samsung is researching the possibility of replacing the messaging app. Meanwhile, you state "the company is going to make Android Messages the default messaging app on its phones." Completely different than what the Samsung engineer posted.

10. Alan01

Posts: 603; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Point taken. Change made. Thanks! Alan

5. shonasof

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

The article title says 'reportedly'. This wasn't being presented as fact.

7. Dubs816

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

The author wrote that Samsung was replacing the messaging app. The actually Samsung engineer that the author misquoted said that they are only researching the possibility of replacing the messaging app. The author presents it as fact while the engineers presents it as a possibility. Irresponsible reporting.

9. _nundo

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 07, 2018

Agreed! While I understand why Samsung may be considering it, I can't see why they would give up their messaging app. At least give the option to install either or. I know Samsung apps are mostly bloatware of Samsung products however, they seem to more features that Google hasn't implement yet OR refuses to acknowledge. For example Timed Messages, while you think that's a standard feature in 3rd party messaging apps, Google doesn't implement it. Well, time will tell I assume

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I recently read something about Timed Messages coming to a particular message app, but I can't remember which one...

2. TBomb

Posts: 1402; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

what makes creating a messaging app that can be sent as data and resolve to SMS when needed so difficult? Forget the features like reacting to a message and inline-gif/animation handling or whatever other special features are in google RCS and iMessage. Why isn't there any app that can do both on any OS? Or better question, why is there not anything popular that can do it?

3. phoneguynh

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 31, 2018

I wonder if that means Samsung will put android messages on the Samsung watches too.

8. sun0066

Posts: 266; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

One of the reason I am with Samsung is the capability to schedule sms built in the messaging app To me Android is Samsung for the most part

11. AbhiD

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Who uses traditional SMS apps now a days? Like seriously? Other than receiving bank, carrier, website notifications, SMS apps solve no purpose. There are whatsapp, telegram, iMessage etc out there which are extremely superior in every sense. Therefore IMO traditional SMS apps should be ditched by every manufacturer and adopt Google's solution

16. sun0066

Posts: 266; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Most people that I know use sms for “ more serious stuff “ while the others for funny things

18. DigiCardsGuy

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 03, 2019

A lot of us entrepreneurs and business owners still rely heavily on SMS text services. Not everyone is plugged into the other trendier services. WhatsApp is good to use, but only if others have it. A lot of my Contacts within WhatsApp are listed, but dont receive msgs because they no longer have the app on their phone.

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6739; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Now that I ponder it more... When I'm chatting with my daughter through the Android Messages app (the only message app I ever use)...we already have this capability between us (message sent/reading/sending reply etc), and my message bubble is a different color compared to all other messages I have with other people. I'm currently using a somewhat crappy LG V30, but she's using a Pixel that I bought her almost 2 years ago...must somehow have something to do with it...??

17. arkieguy

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

You both obviously have RCS (or Chat as Google calls it). Congratulations. :)

14. Fred3

Posts: 496; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I've been going back and fourth between the two and I'm favoring android's just cause I can send files on it.

15. boriqua2000

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I prefer Samsungs messaging app to Googles. It has more options

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