Google renames its Messenger app, Android Messages; now default Messaging app

What's earlier known as Google Messenger has now turned Android Messages, and would be rolling out as the default messaging app across all Android phones. Google had formerly hinted on works to bring Rich Communication Services (RCS) to Google Messenger, while the released version 2.0 sports a number of changes to cleanup the interface and prepare for better messaging experience.

Android Messages as the default text messaging app for Android phones, means the app will be pre-installed on Android phones from manufacturers like  LG, Motorola, Sony, and others.

While the expected update to the Android Messages to make text messages more powerful by changing from Short Messaging Services (SMS), to Rich Communications Services (RCS) - remains in the works.

And when updated to RCS, Android Messages will offer features such as receipts that show when a message has been read, stickers, maps and more.

Albeit, for Android Messages to feature RCS capabilities, major service providers including Sprint, Rogers, Telenor, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, and Globe, have been selected as supported partner cell phone service providers.

The RCS features will only be available for messages sent and received within the Android Messages app on the select networks.
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