In early July, AT&T announced that it was changing the default text messaging app for all its Android phones to Google Messages. With T-Mobile already on board, Verizon was the only major U.S. carrier that hadn’t committed to using Google Messages’ encrypted RCS solution. That’s until now.
Verizon announces that it has partnered with Google to make Google Messages the default messaging app on Android phones sold by Verizon. True, anyone with an Android device on Verizon already had the freedom to download the app from the Play Store and set it as the default, but by making Google Messages the default app out of the box, messaging is more likely to be end-to-end encrypted (provided both parties use Google Messages).
Google’s messages will be preloaded, starting next year, on all of Verizon’s Android devices, allowing consumers to take advantage of rick messaging features, such as sending and receiving better quality photos and videos, chatting via Wi-Fi or data, knowing when your message is playing, enjoying more dynamic and engaging group chats, and chatting safely with other Messages users in one-on-one conversations available with end-to-end encryption.
RCS is also attractive as a direct consumer communication channel for businesses.
Companies will also be able to create and manage messages to reach their customers more effectively. RCS will make Verizon Android users easily connect with businesses to purchase products, make reservations, ask questions and more.
Verizon will add full RCS compatibility with its branded Verizon Message+ app by the end of this year. We assume that this means that RCS messages will be interoperable with Google Messages and Verizon’s messaging app. We hope this also includes end-to-end encryption.