Samsung may be working on an iMessage-like chat app with RCS support
posted by Milen Y. / Nov 16, 2016, 9:16 AM
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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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!
posted on Nov 16, 2016, 10:22 AM 6
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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.
posted on Nov 16, 2016, 5:44 PM 2
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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.
posted on Nov 17, 2016, 2:20 AM 0
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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...
posted on Nov 18, 2016, 10:08 AM 0
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Samsung is working towards creating its own ecosystem, because it is now getting clearer that Google is here to dominate Android device market. If Samsung keeps lingering, it will soon loose it all in the mobile business.
posted on Nov 17, 2016, 11:09 AM 0
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Samsung is moving towards their own ecosystem, and away from Google .
posted on Nov 16, 2016, 11:24 AM 2
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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.
posted on Nov 16, 2016, 11:34 AM 2
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Are samsung retarded or something very close go it? WTF is all these scrub replicas everywhere? Smh
posted on Nov 16, 2016, 11:30 AM 0
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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?
posted on Nov 16, 2016, 12:38 PM 0
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