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Google is building a messaging system “Chat” that can replace the traditional SMS app


Google is making plans on introducing an advanced messaging system which can revolutionize the way we message or text on Android. According to reports from The Verge, Google will be stopping the development on Allo — a messaging app launched by Google two years — and move the Allo development team over to the new messaging system called “Chat”.

Although Google has tried to replicate the successes it has had in other areas such as AI and search engine platform, it has always ended up in failure – Hangouts, Allo, Google Talk, and Google+ are examples. But unlike its previous attempts, Chat is different. It will be an upgraded version of the Google Android Messages app which will include the normal modern messaging features such as high-resolution media, group texting, read receipts, typing indicators and more.

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Chat will be based on RCS (Rich Communication System), a standard for providing rich messaging services on Android which is similar to the one WhatsApp and Hangouts are on. But the RCS is built on SMS and can be a replacement for it later in the future. This means that Chat will operate on the regular SMS app that comes pre-installed on phones, the user’s phone number will be used as profile ID and everything other features of Google Hangouts app. Instead of credit, the cost of sending a message will be deducted from users’ data plan.

In order for Chat to work, Google has to get every major phone carriers in the world on board with the messaging system. It has been able to achieve some success with big phone carriers like AT&T, Verizon and Microsoft ready to support it. There have been no reports on Apple though.

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According to the report, the service will be released real soon or probably before the end of the year. With the advent of Chat, the way we message or text on SMS will completely change.

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