Samsung may be working on an iMessage-like chat app with RCS support

Samsung yesterday announced its acquisition of Canadian-based NewNet Communication Technologies, a company specializing in Rich Communication Services (RCS). The acquisition could mean that the South Korean tech giant is working on its own messaging app employing the RCS standard.

Samsung's previous mobile messaging app, ChatON, enjoyed a large user base for some time, in the vicinity of over a 100 million users at one point, but was ultimately overshadowed by the competition. ChatON launched in 2011 and was shut down 4 years later, in March 2015, after losing a great deal of its active users to the likes of WhatsApp, Viber, and other competitors.

Samsung may now be looking at a second attempt at developing a chat platform with its acquisition of NewNet. In a press release yesterday, the tech giant stated that consumers could “benefit from an advanced messaging experience with features such as enhanced calling, group chat, and the ability to easily share and transfer large files including multimedia and high-resolution photos,” which decisively points at RCS support being part of the plan.

Interestingly, Samsung may not be interested in developing a proprietary messaging app for its Galaxy lineup, a la iMessage, but rather a widely available, possibly cross-platform, solution that will see the mobile industry “accelerate the deployment of RCS-enabled networks.”

Google recently released an updated its stock Messenger app with RCS support, but the feature is currently limited to Google Pixel, Pixel XL, and Nexus 6P owners on Sprint. This will likely change in the near future, as the standard becomes more widely adopted by both developers and carriers.

source: Samsung via ZDNet

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14 Comments

1. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Lol, title says "Sasmung"

2. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Oh no, not again, we've seen how ChatOn went. There's already too many chat apps...

3. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Dear Samsung, Google is already working on RCS capabilities in Messenger app. Instead of duplicating effort, try to use your money and energy on more important things...like making good batteries!

8. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well as long as Google isn't releasing their stuff outside USA and forget that tons of users live in the rest if the world. I will welcome Samsung's app with open arms.....

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I will NEVER use google's services for anything personal. All their data mining nonsense is disabled on my OnePlus One and I happily use third-party apps as my default. If Samsung can make a great messaging app that works across all their devices (better yet all Android + Windows devices), will gladly set it as my default. Would be great having another messaging option that's not owned by some spyware company. BBM would be the best fit, but unfortunately, it doesn't support texting.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You should never have use any Google products. Why short change yourself? Buy an iPhone, Windows Phone or Tizen. I use Google because i am comfortable with their data protection policy and larry page's integrity. I will never make myself suffer the way you do.

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

First off, the OnePlus One and Cyanogen OS aren't google products. They're derivatives that offer alternative services and more features (including Privacy Guard). Second off, I'm not short changing myself in anyway, every other option out there is simply a worse compromise. Have used iPhones for over half a decade, they're officially just inferior and overpriced. Till today, they're officially too dumb to do what dumb phones were capable of. Could never use them without jailbreak, and as of iOS 7, the UI is just outright fugly. Windows Phone, currently the same inflexible OS as iOS (if not worse), with added problem of lacking loads of applications. Tizen, same app problem as Windows Phone, if not worse. Finally, you think taking a few minutes to disable/block a bunch of spyware nodes, to be left over with a significantly more useful tool, is suffering? Sounds like you have no clue what suffering is...

4. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Samsung is moving towards their own ecosystem, and away from Google .

6. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

You are the only one here, that get the point. Yes, Samsung seriously is developing their own ecosystem. Except of, Samsung is not moving away from Android. Both Android and Tizen will be on the Samsung's map.

5. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Are samsung retarded or something very close go it? WTF is all these scrub replicas everywhere? Smh

7. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

See 4 and 6

9. lwrites

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 16, 2016

This is for Samsung's carrier customers. They want to offer RCS messaging. Why would Samsung offer carriers RCS infrastructure and then turn around and cut them out of the equation by offering its own service?

10. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

And seriously...Google messaging services are terrible.

11. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

always. always. copying Big Brother but will never exceed in doing

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