In a blog post posted yesterday by Google, the company says they are working together with Samsung to integrate the Android and Samsung Messages platforms for a better user experience. Messaging on Android has gotten its fair share of hate from users and if there’s one thing many Android users envy about iPhone users, it’s the way iMessage works.
Sanaz Ahari is a product management director at Google and she explains what Google and Samsung are trying to accomplish by working together to integrate Android and Samsung Messages.
This collaboration will ensure that Android Messages and Samsung Messages will work seamlessly together and with RCS messaging, enabling features like the ability to chat over WiFi, create rich group chats, see typing indicators and read receipts, and share high-resolution photos and videos across platforms.
Working together, Google and Samsung will ensure that our messaging clients, Android Messages and Samsung Messages, work seamlessly with each company’s RCS technology, including cloud and business messaging platforms. To date, Google and Samsung have collaborated to introduce RCS to select Samsung devices; as part of this expanded collaboration, Samsung will work to bring these RCS features to existing mobile phones* beginning with the Galaxy S8 and S8+. New Samsung Galaxy smartphones will also natively support RCS messaging**, starting with those on a set of carriers that have or will soon launch RCS. This means that consumers and brands will be able to enjoy richer chats with both Android Messages and Samsung Messages users.
Patrick Chomet, EVP and Head of Product & Services Innovation Team, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics says that, “By furthering our robust partnership with Google, we will bring a richer messaging experience to our customers, letting them seamlessly chat with their friends and family across messaging platforms. This collaboration will help further the industry’s momentum toward advanced messaging and global RCS coverage.”
Hopefully, this is another step closer to making messaging on Android a better experience for all Android users. It’ll be interesting to see the work Samsung and Google accomplish with this project.