On 16th February 2017, Google partnered with Telenor ASA to roll out Rich Communications Services. It is also an unplugged messaging service. The services are designed for the subscribers of Asia and Europe. The messenger services will include features like group chats, read receipts and photo sharing.
Apart from these functions, the messenger service can also do other things. These features will come on the standard operating system. The subscribers of Telenor, who are already having Google Messenger app on their phones, they will also gain access to RCS services. They will just need an update. It is better than Google Hangouts and Facebook messenger.
The countries to get Google messenger app
The official statement of Google says, [quotes quotes_style=”bquotes” quotes_pos=”center”]Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re partnering with Telenor to enable the launch of RCS messaging to their 214 million subscribers across Europe and Asia, including Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, and India. Subscribers will have access to advanced messaging features as a standard part of their Android device.[/quotes]
According to Google, they are also planning to offer the RCS in more countries in the next few months. Telenor has got a long-term strategic relationship with Google. The company supported RCS to roll it as far as possible. According to the company, this partnership with Google will set up a milestone in their path of progress. It enables Telenor for launching the RCS messenger services in respective markets.
Well, frankly speaking, this is an update for the Google messenger or Google Hangouts, that we already have for our Android devices. Right now we don’t have more details on the Google messenger app. If it comes with features like group chat and photo sharing, then it is better if it runs on data.
If Google wants this app to be popular than Google Hangouts and offer competition to messaging apps like Whatsapp and Hike, then offering new messaging app that runs on mobile data will be a good option. Or else, bringing messenger app updates, only to text and share files by paying for it, (just like we do now), is nothing new for consumers.