Google has revealed a plan to join the race with Apple and introduce an improved and more secure instant messaging app dubbed as Google Chat in direct competition with the Apple’s iMessages. We anticipate to see Android Messaging in a colourful form that was left in the dust by Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the large mass of other messaging apps.

As per details shared by The Verge, the upcoming Google Chat will make your texts more colorful, lively and interactive than you experienced before. Moreover, the Chat app will add typing indicators, bigger as well as fuller resolution images, video and read receipts.

It must be noted that Google Chat is not an app to file alongside Allo, Hangouts, Hangouts Chat and Android Messages. It’s an ambitious attempt to bring SMS messages into the modern world – well, modernish: it’s kind of the same thing that Apple did with iMessage seven years ago.

Here’s The Verge’s Google Chat preview video:

Technically speaking, the Google Chat is based on the Rich Communication Services (RCS) – a new standard for SMS texts. All the carriers and device makers already support RCS messaging and Google is working with the entire bunch to bring RCS to Android as Chat.

You’ll still have access to other encrypted chat apps on Android, including WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal, although none of them will ever replace the default SMS app on your handset.

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