Android Messages

Android messaging has become a powerful force after Google began pushing for their RCS platform across a variety of smartphone manufacturers. In latest developments, Google and Huawei have reached an agreement which will see the integration of Android messages across the Huawei smartphone line-up.

Google announced the news in a post by Head of RCS, Amir Sarhangi. The integration is expected to be completed fully in the coming few months. This would mean that Android messages will now be the default way to send and receive texts, along with giving users multiple other options of communication right in the same place.

“HUAWEI and Google together by forming this strategic partnership will provide consumers with the best global user experience on HUAWEI products with RCS and will enable carriers the ability to offer unique services through business messaging,” said Richard Yu, CEO of HUAWEI’s Consumer Business Group.

“We are pleased to be working with HUAWEI to bring a better native messaging experience to hundreds of millions of people worldwide, through RCS and Android Messages,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Platforms & Ecosystems, Google. “HUAWEI is a global leader in carrier network technology and collaborating on the Jibe RCS cloud and hub will accelerate the roll-out of RCS on carrier networks worldwide.”

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What Are Some Features Huawei Smartphones will get with Android Messages?

A combination of Android messages and RCS messaging will give Huawei users the following features when the rollout is complete:

  • Rich Native Messaging

  • A better overall communications experience

  • Txting over Wi-Fi

  • Rich Media Sharing

  • Group Chatting

  • Typing Indicators

  • The ability to make video calls directly from Android Messages. This can be done through carrier ViLTE and Google Duo.

The RCS messaging protocol is deemed by many to be the successor of regular old SMS. Google has been the major force behind this push to adopt this newer technology for texting. Getting Huawei on board will allow Google to gain influence in needing to convince other manufacturers to do the same.

Not only does RCS give an overall better texting experience. It is just a lot more modern and allows users to get the benefits of services like iMessage and WhatsApp over their regular texting. With normal texting, users would need to use the outdated MMS protocol to send multimedia at deathly slow speeds.

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With the integration of Android messages, users can share files, locations and much more on their default texting service without having to go specifically to another app.

The next step to increase adoption would be dealing with all the networks and carriers involved. At the moment, only ViLTE is supporting Android messages for Google by default. Carriers around other parts of the world would also need to show their willingness to support the extra load of data.

Regardless, regular SMS/MMS services are at the end of their life. RCS and Android messages are the future for smartphones running the Google OS and would be better off to adopt as early as possible.