Google Messenger becomes Android Messages and has been adopted by over 20 manufacturers

Texting is far from our preferred method of communication these days. The aging protocol can no longer support what has become the habits of smartphone users mixing photos, video and audio into their messages.

That’s why Google pushed for the use of RCS, a free standard developed by and for operators, so that the market is not dominated by private players. Today, Google is taking a real step in that direction thanks to Messenger.

Google Messenger becomes Android Messages to force RCS

Google’s very basic texting app is now renaming it to Android Messages. Goal ? Make it more universal as it supports RCS. To further the adoption of this standard, the developer joined forces with developers.

In fact, over 20 players have now agreed to use it as their default chat app: LG, Motorola, Sony, HTC, ZTE, Micromax, Nokia, Archos, BQ, Cherry Mobile, Condor, Fly, General Mobile, Lanix, LeEco, Lava , Kyocera, MyPhone, QMobile, Symphony and Wiko, plus of course Google Pixel and Android One phones.

But the application itself does not change and its various functions remain the same. Its new name now defines it as the default global client for the Android platform.

As a reminder, RCS includes simple messages as well as photos, videos, etc. You’ll understand: the goal is to regain control of the instant chat market currently dominated by WhatsApp and its many alternatives. The change is already in effect on the Play Store.

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