iMessage, a successful messaging service for apple users only android users were always hoping for the same for their platform.
A messenger known as Chat, by Google, is going to be the android version of iMessage. This messenger will be available to people using android phones in the UK and France.
Chat is an easier way to text on Android, Like iMessage, it provides read receipts and ellipsis symbols to indicate when people are typing. Chat can be used by both Wi-Fi and cellular. It also allows you to send images and videos at higher-resolution.
Google’s product management director Sanaz Ahari said that they’re pleased with this progress, our goal is to seamlessly bring a modern messaging experience to every Android user around the world, regardless of their device or carrier.
Last year, Google said it was working with carriers and with Samsung to get the protocol working on Android, independent of whether carriers support it. Chat will exist in Android Messages and in Samsung Messages.
Unlike iMessage, Whatsapp and Signal, RCS doesn’t offer end to end encryption. Google can still technically see the messages as they arrive on its servers and could be prompted to turn them over to law enforcement when asked. That could be a concern for Android users and security advocates.