Chat: A high-end Android device can cost over a thousand dollars. With this money, you can have a phone with amazing features. A high-resolution display, a cutting-edge camera, huge amounts of RAM, large storage space and a completely miserable texting experience.
This is of course a problem. In fact, it's always been a problem. Google has spent the last nearly decade trying and failing to solve the equation. During this time many applications were released that soon stopped supporting them. IPhone users have had the simplicity of iMessage built-in, but Android users have been left to fend for themselves looking for an app from the Store.
Today the company announced something completely different. Instead of developing a new application with dubious luck and lifespan, he is trying to completely change the rules of text messaging world-wide.
Google has contacted every major mobile operator on the planet to adopt a technology that will replace SMS. It will be called “Chat” and will be based on a template called “Universal Profiles for Rich Communication Services”. Το SMS είναι η προεπιλεγμένη εφαρμογή, που διαθέτουν όλοι, λίγοι την χρησιμοποιούν, αλλά οι πάντες επιστρέφουν σε αυτή κάποια στιγμή.
This is Google's goal: Make the default text messaging experience on Android as good as it does not need SMS.
So Google once again reports that it is stopping development of Allo (an other one bites the dust). It's the kind of "hiatus" that involves taking almost the entire team out of it project and placing all resources in another Android messaging app.
Google will not build the iMessage clone, but it will likely force mobile providers to do it for them. In order for the company to win, it first had to admit defeat.
What will be the chat?
Chat will not be a new text messaging application. Think of it more like a new set of features within an app installed on most Android phones.
"Chat" is the friendly name of Rich Communication Services (RCS), the new template designed to replace SMS, and will be automatically activated in Android Messages, Google's default text messaging app.
When users start using chat, they will have many possibilities που είναι ήδη τυποποιημένες σε οποιαδήποτε άλλη εφαρμογή γραπτών μηνυμάτων: αποδεικτικά ανάγνωσης, δείκτες πληκτρολόγησης, εικόνες και video with full analysis, and group chats.
But the best thing is that the Chat service will be made available by the mobile operators and not by Google. The company by creating a new standard ensures that the services conversations from each operator will be interoperable. But like SMS, the conversations won't be end-to-end encrypted, in other words: it won't be as secure as iMessage or Signal.
New messaging services will be triggered by most Android users in the future, although the schedule will be dictated by each carrier. Google is optimistic that many mobile service providers will implement the new technology this year, but there could be some delays.
Messages will be sent via data instead of a program that counts SMS, so you'll probably only be charged for (minimum) data που κοστίζει η Mission a message. Although, again, it will depend on the mobile providers.