In the beginning of July, AT&T announced that it was changing the default text messaging app for all of its Android phones to Google messages. Until now, Verizon was the only major US carrier that was not committed to using Google Messages encrypted RCS solution. But now Verizon is announcing that it has teamed with Google to make Google Messages the default messaging app on its Android phones.
The service is based on Rich Communications Service (RCS) Standard, which provides a more interactive and modern messaging experience right from Messages by Google. Ronan Dunne, executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group, said, “Our costumers depend on us to provide a reliable, advanced and simple messaging platform to stay in touch with the people that matter the most in their lives.”
Messages by Google will be preloaded, starting next year, on all Verizon Android devices, enabling consumers to enjoy rick messaging features, such as sending and receiving higher-quality photos and videos, chatting over Wi-fi or data, knowing when your message is read, enjoying more dynamic and engaging group chats, and securely chatting with other Messages users in available one-on-one conversations with end-to-end encryption.
Verizon will be adding full RCS compatibility with its self-branded Verizon Message+ app by the end of this year.