Google pauses Allo, presses play on Chat

There are millions of people who get engaged with their loved ones by making use of these different chat apps.

The new standard is named RCS, or rich communication services.

Meanwhile, iPhone has a simple and working iMessage app. Users of Android can only watch from the other side of the road.

Chat would be an added app which would be serving consumer-friendly User Interface.

Over time, it will automatically be turned on inside Android Messages, the OS's default app for texting.

According to various reports, Chat from Google is expected to launch later this year. If the person you are texting doesn't have Chat enabled or is not using an Android, the messages will switch back to SMS, much like iMessage.

5G networking is anticipated as the next major evolution for mobile technology, empowering customers with even faster data connections, opening up avenues to new industrial applications, and even helping to build widely connected "smart-cities".


Second, with Allo, Hangouts, Duo and so on all still running, will we see them all accessible from Chat, with cross-compatibility?

Google is all set to re-write the rules of online chatting once and forever, and it aims to do that with nothing else than just Chat. It'll include highlights like read receipts, having the capacity to see other individuals writing, full-resolution pictures and video, and group messaging. The RCS-enabled messages sent over Chat count against one's data allowance, not SMS bucket. Also this is not an iMessage clone, and nor will the service will end-to-end encrypted.

The timeline of Google's attempts to make a cohesive chat client is at best confusing, at worst hostile to its userbase. The company recently introduced a new video messaging feature for "Duo" that would let users capture and share video messages when their friends can not answer their call.

The politically correct answer for the lack of encryption and the need of carrier control is that Google wants to keep Android an open platform, which means it doesn't want to force a proprietary Chat experience on carriers and device makers.

As for when that happens, Google is expecting that many carriers will follow through this year (2018), but admits that some might dawdle.

Until now, Google has a bunch of their own chat apps with millions of users worldwide.

While all of this makes Chat more of a new communication standard, there is the one inherent disadvantage associated with it. While Allo was ambitious, it has ultimately been paused in conjunction with the new stock Android chat move.


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