Google’s iMessage Rival Is Called “Chat” And It’s Launching This Year

Google has been trying for too long to build a universal messaging solution for Android, and it looks like the company is ready to do it one more time with an app that’s based on a different concept, but whose purpose is pretty much the same: bring an iMessage-like alternative to devices powered by the search giant’s mobile OS.

Google’s new attempt at competing against Apple is called “Chat,” according to a report from The Verge, and its objective isn’t only to provide Android users with a messaging platform similar to iMessage, but also to replace the old-school SMS completely.

Enter RCS

And the Mountain View-based firm has thought of everything in advance, it seems, as the way it plans to do this involves Rich Communication Services (RCS) and carriers across the world.

Rather than building a completely new app that would be… (read more)

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