Freaky phone chat
The new Chat services will be turned on for most people in the near future, though timing will be dictated by each carrier.
Google optimistic many carriers will flip the switch this year, but there could be some stragglers.
And Duo, Google’s new-ish video chat app, is actually surprisingly successful; a quarter of Duo calls are to or from an i Phone.
But it’s primarily a video chat app, which leaves Allo and Android Messages: two apps that, from a “consumer product” perspective, do essentially the same thing. Even though Samsung phones don’t use Android Messages as the default SMS app, most of the other major manufacturers do (outside of China, anyway). “They’re not interested in going to a different place to use SMS.” People, even in 2018, tend to just use the default app.
A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you’ll get some amazing features. Google has spent nearly a decade trying — and failing — to fix it with an ever-rotating cast of poorly supported apps.
It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience. While i Phone users have had the simplicity of i Message built in, Android users have been left to fend for themselves. Instead of bringing a better app to the table, it’s trying to change the rules of the texting game, on a global scale.
They will also try to give you a fake tracking phone number which is also unsafe.
Nobody outside of Apple knows when (or if) the i Phone will support Chat.Google has been quietly corralling every major cellphone carrier on the planet into adopting technology to replace SMS.It’s going to be called “Chat,” and it’s based on a standard called the “Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services.” SMS is the default that everybody has to fall back to, and so Google’s goal is to make that default texting experience on an Android phone as good as other modern messaging apps.As a result of Google’s “try everything” approach to messaging, the company currently has four major competing messaging apps: Hangouts, Allo, Duo, and Android Messages. Hangouts is becoming an enterprise app to compete with Slack, called “Hangouts Chat” instead of being a consumer focused app.That transition is taking awhile and at some point, Google will need to clear up its messaging for consumers that are still using Hangouts for personal texting.
They’re also a great example of how Google salvaged ideas originally built into Google and turned them into a great set of cross-platform apps.