Google stops development of Allo and preparing a new competitor iMessage

Never such was and here again. Google suspends the development of the messenger Allo and directs its forces to improve Android Messages and a new project called Chat.

With messenger Allo all clear – Google dissatisfied with its low popularity, respectively why to develop it, if you can create something new (though in vain, a pretty good app, if focused only on his progress, maybe it would have been good).

As for the Android apps Messages, which is the default program for SMS messaging on many Android devices it Google intends to continue developing, adding new features. Android Messages already support transfer stickers coming soon and support GIF animations.

Well, the most interesting new Chat service from Google. It is based on the universal standard Rich Communication Services (RCS) is a technology that will replace SMS. It is reported that Google is already in talks with major mobile operators.

The new standard from the user will be charged for the data consumed when sending a message, not the cost of the SMS tariff plan of the operator. If the user sends a Chat message to someone who doesn’t have this app or an Android smartphone, then this message is converted to SMS.

Operators will start to support Chat this year. Since even Microsoft supports the standard RCS, it is possible that users will be able to associate phones with Windows 10.

In General, the Chat service will be similar to iMessage users can not only exchange messages but also photos, high resolution videos will be available for group chats. However, unlike the latter, the messages in the Chat can not be encrypted and will be stored on the servers of the operators in a readable format.

How do you think whether Google does in relation to existing instant messengers (don’t forget about Hangouts) and what are the prospects for service Chat? Write in the comments!

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