Rumor has it than Google is planning to bring it’s Android messaging app up to date with the likes of Apple’s iMesssages. The current Android messages is stuck in the stone age and is in need of a much needed revamp. Android messages is said to have some unused coding that hints at new features on its platform.
Google has been planning for years to do something with Android messages. Last year it announced a plan to work with various carriers and device makers to bring out a new messaging standard that is known as Rich Communications Services. Rich Communications Services has already been adopted by many service providers and apps and allows users to share GIFs, stickers as well as their location. This is what many users have come to expect from any messaging app.
Google’s plans for Android Messages:
New code has been unearthed in Android messages which hints at a web based browsing service that can be connected to via a QR based code and a payment service via the app, like Apple’s pay app.
The code on Android messaging apps hints at linking your phone or PC through a QR based system. This feature on Android messages is rumored to have support on various browsing platforms such as Chrome, Safari, Opera, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and internet explorer.
There is also news of a prompt feature asking users to enable chat features such as sending high quality photos and messaging over the Wi Fi all of which will be supported by Google.
With this web based browsing, Google aims at bringing Android messages up to date and also removes the need for unnecessary carrier or manufacturer’s messaging apps that were never that good anyway.
In trying to come to par with Apple’s Pay Cash, Google seems to be introducing a version of Pay Cash in Android messages. With phrases such as ‘Pay with Google’, ‘Order Summary’, ‘Payments Summary’ it is hard to imagine anything else. The Android messaging based Pay Cash seems to be for paying cash to businesses for services rendered as well as receiving cash. There is not much news to go on at present.
One of the main reasons why iPhone users stick to Apple is cited as their messaging platform. Apple users can send messages to one another without the need of standard SMS or MMS services and as many of the user’s family and friends have an Apple device, there seems to be a lot of cost saving in it for them if they use Apple’s own messaging service.
With Google’s updated Android messages, it will now be able to come to same level as Apple’s iMessages. Many Apple users who are ready to take the leap from Apple to Google will be now more than ready to do so with this newer version of Android Messages. What’s more if this version of Android messages, does not lock users into a single platform, then this newer and updated version of android messages will be even more of a boon for users.