Google is not looking forward to making the goddamn app but it is looking forward to adopting its new technology by major mobile carriers called Rich Communication Services (RCS).
The report from The Verge, says that Chat isn't going to be another messaging client to join their already crowded space that includes Allo, Duo, Hangouts and Android Messages, instead it's to be the name of the service that incorporates RCS features into Android Messages.
Mashable has contacted Google for more information on Chat's release.
The way it works is pretty simple.
As far as what Chat will bring to the table, think back to anything that has been talked about with RCS messaging over the past year or two. And now, the company has made a decision to go all in on RCS with the introduction of "Chat". If they aren't, the text will be delivered in SMS form. The company is now aiming to take its users to a new standard for messaging app from SMS.
The whole point of moving away from SMS and moving towards an RCS-based system like Chat is to give users a more rich experience when messaging with friends and family.
The specific use of the web client means that you'll be able to use Android messages even on your PC, which will act as a mirrored screen for your smartphone. If the recipient of your messages is also an Android Messages user, chats will go through as instant messages rather than SMS, thus being sent free of charge as is the case on WhatsApp, Telegram and a host of other similar services.
So will your phone support Chat out of the gate? The difference between Chat and Apple's iMessage is that the data is not encrypted in Chat messages.
Anil Sabharwal, the brain behind the Chat product from Google said that the company would pause investment in Allo since it has not fulfilled the expectation we had and switching over to new messaging service Chat that will be further updated with features much needed to the modern messaging world. While some apps and services, as well as carriers and phone brands, already support RCS, or at the very least signed on to support it, it hasn't reached a complete rollout. In order to get the RCS your device, the carrier, and the operating system should support it.
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