Verizon Communications will make Google’s Messages the default messaging app on all Android gadgets it sells beginning subsequent 12 months, the US wi-fi service mentioned on Tuesday.
With that transfer, Verizon would be a part of friends AT&T and T-Cellular US in propping up competitors to Apple’s iMessage service.
Alphabet-owned Google’s Messages comes with options just like these in iMessage, utilizing Wealthy Communication Providers (RCS) know-how to interchange SMS-based texts.
Apple’s iMessage is restricted to customers who use the corporate’s gadgets, and the iPhone maker has not but indicated any plans to increase the characteristic to Android customers.
With RCS, customers can ship and obtain high-quality pictures and movies, chat over WiFi or mobile knowledge and know when messages had been learn, amongst different options.
Earlier this 12 months, AT&T and T-Cellular introduced they might make Google’s messaging app because the default one on all their Android gadgets.
“Prospects utilizing Verizon’s Message+ app may also get full entry to RCS capabilities by the top of the 12 months,” Verizon mentioned in a press release.
© Thomson Reuters 2021