Like many of Google’s OEM partners, Samsung has its own set of native apps on its Android-powered devices. In a bid to provide a richer text messaging experience to all users, both Samsung and Google have announced that they are working together to improve messaging experiences and interoperability between Samsung Messages and Android Messages.
This collaboration between Samsung and Google will ensure that Samsung Messages and Android Messages work together seamlessly and provide RCS or Rich Communication Services features such as group chats, typing indicators and read receipts, and the ability to chat over Wi-Fi and share photos and videos over the text messaging platform.
Both companies have implemented RCS technology into their messaging clients so they will now be working together to ensure that their messaging apps work seamlessly with each other. Samsung is going to bring these RCS features to additional models as well, starting with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
These devices include the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 series, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy Note 9 in addition to select Galaxy A and Galaxy J series handsets running Android 9.0 or later. New smartphones from the company will natively support RCS messaging, starting with carriers that have or will soon launch RCS.
“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,” said Samsung’s EVP and Head of Product Patrick Chomet.