Google wants to replace texting

Google is making a major change to the way Android handles text messages, and it’s a direct attempt to stay competitive with Apple’s iMessage dominance.

Google’s Messages app — the standard text-messaging app on Android — will become “Chat,” according to The Verge. With that change comes the ability to send prettier photos, longer messages, and lots of other “rich” interactivity.

As it is now, Android uses standard SMS text messaging, which is limited to a certain number of characters, and multimedia (photos, video) is highly compressed (it looks bad).

With Google Chat, Android text messaging will become much more like Apple’s beloved iMessage.

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Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey has been a contributing writer and journalist for the Pluto Daily since January 2014.