Google is trying to refurbish the usual Android text messages with WhatsApp like features. This move would change the existing default SMS “Messenger” app to “Android Messages”. Google to adopt RCS, a communication protocol set between mobile telcos and smartphone companies. Eventually, this aims in replacing the SMS with a text-message system with rich emoticons and interactive- video or gifs.
Users can download the Android Messages app directly from the Play Store. The app gives the benefits which the app can be updated directly.
“The app is getting renamed because Android Messages is becoming similar to Android itself. It is already known that Google is accumulating carriers in support to make RCS more functional than ever before,” says, Amir Sarhangi, Head of RCS at Google.
Google is currently planning to emulsify its other apps into the RCS messaging app. On the other hand, Android manufacturers have already agreed to use Android Messenger instead of a custom app by the manufacturers. The list includes Sony, HTC, LG, Motorola, ZTE, Micromax, Lava, and Nokia to name a few.
The company has also announced that some wireless carriers are willing to adopt the “Universal Profile” for RCS. As of now, there are more than a billion users of different carriers under the RCS. Google is hoping that other network providers may join RCS category once when “Android Messages” gains people interest.
It may take time for carriers to function even after rolling out services in India. However, it is unpredictable about how the messages app will perform overtaking the existing SMS and MMS.