Google’s Messages to Be Made Default App on Android Devices by Verizon Starting 2022
Verizon would join peers AT&T and T-Mobile US in propping up competition to Apple’s iMessage service

Verizon Communications will make Google’s Messages the default messaging App on all Android devices it sells starting next year, the US wireless carrier said on Tuesday.

With that move, Verizon would join peers AT&T and T-Mobile US in propping up competition to Apple’s iMessage


Alphabet-owned Google’s Messages comes with features similar to those in iMessage, using Rich Communication

Services (RCS) technology to replace SMS-based texts.

Apple’s iMessage is limited to users who use the company’s devices, and the iPhone maker has not yet indicated any

plans to extend the feature to Android users.

With RCS, users can send and receive high-quality photos and videos, chat over WiFi or cellular data and know when

messages were read, among other features.

Earlier this year, AT&T and T-Mobile announced they would make Google’s messaging app as the default one on all

their Android devices.

“Customers using Verizon’s Message+ app will also get full access to RCS capabilities by the end of the year,” Verizon

said in a statement.

By Cynthia N.

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