Samsung Electronics Co. has recently started working with Internet giant Google to offer improved messaging experiences which would  allow users to engage in group chats and video calls and transfer large files without the need for additional apps. Also, this collaboration would ensure that Android Messages and Samsung Messages would work together seamlessly, and thus would boost coverage of Rich Communication Services (RCS), and an upgrade to the SMS messaging system.

Samsung added that it would work to bring RCS features to the existing mobile phones and thus would be beginning with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. It also added that its new Galaxy smartphones would natively support RCS messaging, starting with those on a set of carriers that would have or would soon launch RCS.

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To this, Patrick Chomet, Executive Vice President at Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business, posted his comments on the website of Samsung Mobile Press, which read that, “By furthering our robust partnership with Google, we will bring a richer messaging experience to our customers, letting them seamlessly chat with their friends and family across messaging platforms”.

Anil Sabharwal, Vice President for Communications Products and Photos at Google added regarding this collaboration that, “This collaboration will help further the industry’s momentum toward advanced messaging and global RCS coverage. partnership will further advance our shared vision of a substantially improved messaging experience on Android for users, brands and the broader Android ecosystem”.

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This move occurred at the juncture when quite a number of people are opting to use popular messaging apps, such as Whatsapp, and WeChat instead of traditional SMS messaging. Talking about UI, both apps look similar though they retain a distinct design language. Samsung’s app though appears with a bunch of features that are missing on the Android counterpart. These include the likes of the ability to pin messages, scheduling, quick replies, and themes. Android Messages however, comes with gesture support, and also the ability to Archive messages, both of which are missing from this Samsung’s app.

Now, while both are free apps, right now, only Android Messages can be downloaded and used on any smartphone. Also, to use the Samsung Messages, users just need to own a device from the South Korean company.