Google launches Android Message to bring standard RCS
Just a few days before the Mobile World Congress, Google announced the replacement of its messenger app Messenger by Android Message. But there is more behind this announcement than a simple name change.
The new app will by default support the RCS "Rich Communication Services". It allows you to send longer messages (limited to 160 characters) with the new feature as high-resolution images, multimedia files, group messages, etc.
The company said that 27 more wireless operators and device makers around the world will soon roll out support for Rich Communications Services or RCS.
Mobile carriers, including Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and Globe, will join Sprint, Rogers, and Telenor.
Mobile device brands, LG, Motorola, Sony, HTC, ZTE, Micromax, HMD Global - Home of Nokia Phones, Archos, BQ, Cherry Mobile, Condor, Fly, General Mobile, Lanix, LeEco, Lava, Kyocera, MyPhone, QMobile, Symphony and Wiko, along with Pixel and Android One devices.
The company said that will continue to add more partners over time.
Today's announcement means that the carriers and phone makers will use Android Message as the default messaging app on Android phones they sell. The Android Messages app is also available through the Google Play store.