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