• Chat is Google's next big fix for Android's messaging mess
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https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/19/17252486/google-android-messages-chat-rcs-anil-sabharwal-imessage-texting TLDR Google asked the lead dev on Google Photos to sort out their messaging shitshow. He decided to give up, and shot Allo in the fucking head. Instead Google is gonna focus on support for the new industry standard RCS, which is the long-awaited sequel to SMS. It's got all the features of a modern messaging app but it's an open standard, and it falls back to SMS if the recipient doesn't support it. They decided RCS was a shit name so they've got everyone to agree to call it "Chat", and the stock Android messaging app will get support for it soon. Samsung have their own default messaging app and that will support it too. 55 carriers and 11 OEMs are onboard with it.
If they somehow get Apple on board then this will be great
While it'd be nice if all phones would use a unified messaging protocol, I don't think RCS is the best choice. For one, it's tied to the phone/carrier network, I would rather see a web based protocol that doesn't require a phone, and uses something different than your phone number for identity (some kind of federated identity system). Plus, the protocol lacks E2E encryption - even if the data is encrypted in transit, carriers will be able to snoop on your messages. The Matrix protocol seems like the better choice IMO.
Smurfy you gotta check before posting mate
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